|Sarah B's setup.|
|And behind the scenes. Yes, I had one of those jangly neckscarves too.|
|The SEQALab table, with Squeezey (shown) and Larison (not shown) doing commentary and interviews. Should be up Monday!|
|The 40Watt was pretty dimly lit, and it took awhile for my eyes to adjust.|
Trip and setupEarlier this week, I posted that I'd be attending FLUKE mini comic convention at the 40 Watt in Athens, GA. I've been preparing for FLUKE and MoCCA festival (next weekend) since mid-March, collecting my mini comics, designing a paper doll set (card-stock version available at MoCCA fest), and ordering new charms so I could offer all new things. Last year, Heidi and Sarah attended FLUKE, and returned singing it's praises. Having never been to a mini comic convention I'd hoped to have similar success this year. Heidi's convention report is here.
FLUKE is a fairly inexpensive convention, it's $15 for a 3'x2' half table and the convention itself is hosted by the 40 Watt bar. We stayed in the nearby Holiday Inn Express, which was 60$ a night split between three people, and it's a four hour drive from Savannah, GA.
We left Friday afternoon with the intention of attending the SEQA meet up at the Transmetropolitan (a pizza joint). We only popped in for a minute, as I still had stuff to cut out at the hotel room, and everyone was pretty tired.
|Upstairs at the Transmetropolitan|
|Everything but the cash box and the vertical display packs down into this small suitcase.|
|I haven't unpacked everything inside, but this'll function as an expanded view.|
SwagFLUKE was actually pretty disappointing. The crowd was entirely exhibitors and hipsters, and I have found that hipsters are a hard sell so if anyone has advice on how to market to this group it would be most appreciated. There was a lot of interest in the magnetic paper doll, but while people were intrigued they seemed more interested in creating their own for monetary gain. It's not an original idea, and I don't mind sharing what I know, but in this case, it put me off quite a bit. Luckily Sarah drew much of the attention I was unable to with my wares.
For FLUKE, I brought
- 20 copies of Momotaro (2.00 each, 8 page comic book, cover is craft paper)
- 20 copies of a mini comic anthology (a variety from my time at SCAD, black and white, color cover, 2.00)
- 10 copies of a reprint of Ahoy at 1.00, 20 copies of the new ashcan, over 40 pages with a color section at 3.00
- 10 copies of Chat (blue and black, 8 page comic book 1.00 each)
- leftover copies of my Japan Trip Sketchbook (1.00 each)
- the Little Book of Monsters (3.00 each)
- Buttons were 1.50 each, or 4 for $5
- Charms were 1.50 each
ReflectionsSo, do you guys do conventions? If so, which? How do your table setups differ from mine? Do you find conventions to be a successful revenue source, or do you find them disappointing? Any suggestions for me? I feel like I'm running out of audiences to approach. My demographic should be children but am unsure how to reach out to them.
If anyone is interested in purchasing my mini comic books I will be posting information about my online store shortly which accepts credit card, Paypal, and Google Checkout.
Hey! Emi Gennis's FLUKE experience was pretty much the exact opposite of mine! Check out what she has to say.