I did a Comic Convention!

July 25, 2022

It’s been a week since I attended and exhibited at the Houston Comic Palooza. And WOW what an experience! This was my first ever comic convention that I’ve attended and my first to table at. Which means I had a lot to learn.

A few months back, I pushed myself to sign up for a convention. I figured that I’m at a point where I should be out in the world letting people know about the comic and my art otherwise. So, I looked into events and I chose this one in Houston because I have a home base there and wouldn’t have to get a hotel.

 

I was about 1/5 done with issue 5 and the idea hit me like a bolt of lightning. I will finish issue 5, launch a kickstarter, and print the books in time for the convention. Since I’ve been improving the quality of the art in my books, it was taking me a lot longer to make each page and it really was going to a tight deadline to meet.

 

Fast forward two months of working pretty much every day including weekends to get this book done, creating a “marketing plan” for the kickstarter, failing at the first kickstarter, launching a new kickstarter and finally reaching the goal, It was really down to the line. I finished the book a week later than I had wanted to be done, a deadline that would give me enough time to allow the printer a comfortable amount of time. So, by the time I let the printer know I’m ready, he’s doubting that they can get them done in time. After telling them about the convention and how late I was running, they stepped up to the plate and got in done. I received the box-o-books the day before the convention.

 

Of course I paid the rush fee, and that’s on me as a the guy in charge of this operation who’s gotta bite the bullet sometimes. And the books look freaking awesome!

 

All of that being said, developing a booth presentation was not high enough on my list of things to do and I came up with something pretty simple. I figured, the product would speak for itself, plus I can save some money if I go with a minimal set up. Looking back, I think that was a bit of a mistake. So, something I didn’t mention was that the area of booths that were dedicated to independent artists was fully booked by the time I applied, so I got a dealer booth. So I was surrounded by these businesses with legit setups and with everything going on it was apparent that my booth was easy to miss.

 

What I did to counter this was, get out in front of the table and hand out little prizes to get peoples attention and when people realized I was there, there were definitely some great reactions to the art and to the concept of the comic.

 

So, if you’re one of the new subscribers from Comicpalooza, thank you so much for stopping by and for reading this far into the letter.

 

All in all, it was a great experience. I met some really cool people, I saw some pretty amazing cosplay, I sold some comics, and I even got a freelance gig from the event!

 

Those of you who backed the kickstarter, should have received your rewards by now whether it’s digital or physical. I hope you like the new book!!!

 

After a few months of being on the go non-stop, I’m taking it a little slower for a bit. I’ll be taking some classes, knocking out some commissions, and just living life a bit. These times are good for collecting experiences and inspiration for future work and in particular the next issue of the comic. So, It might be a while before issue 6 comes out but stay tuned because it will come and it will be the best issue yet.

 

Thanks again for reading and being a part of this. I really appreciate you. See you soon!

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