I'm always on the lookout for ways to improve my convention table, and for the past year, as my wares increased, I became aware of just how badly I needed to upgrade my under-the-table organization. I stored my comics in flat plastic boxes, great for flying and stacking, but not so fantastic for ease of access or organization. I needed a system that would travel well, but be easy to sift through quickly beneath a convention table.
While at Office Max, waiting for mini comics to be printed, I found these sturdy plastic file boxes. They're available in a variety of brands and price points, but share some basic qualities- there's a an interior ledge for hanging file folders. Mine came with a little plastic project box as well, and a handle. The only thing I would change is the addition of a lock.
Along with my file box, I purchased a hanging zipper bag, an interior shelf (not pictured), and some plastic file folders. All of this probably ran me around $30, with my biggest expense being the little shelf.
The 'project box' that came with my file box is a thin plastic latching box. Inside are promotional postcards, business cards, small envelopes, and doilies.
Inside my hanging bag is a calculator, extra clips, my money folder, and my inventory logbook.
In order to keep my prints nice, they're sorted into two plastic folders within the file folder- watercolor prints and black and white prints.
I haven't flown with this box yet, and it's a bit heavy to carry by hand, but I'm sure it will fit nicely in my large rolly suitcase. Not everything fits inside- my tablecloth, signage, and display materials are all too large to fit, but I think I could get most of those squared away in one of my leftover plastic flat convention boxes.
So how do you guys store and organize your convention stuff? Have you found a better system? Tell me about it in the comments!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Using a Filing Box for Convention Organization
Vigilante comic artist, illustrator, and comic craft blogger at www.nattosoup.blogspot.com. I have an MFA from SCAD in Sequential Art, which means I'm highly educated in the art of drawing funny picture books. I specialize in comics aimed at young girls, and enjoy the finer things in life- seinen manga, whiney autobio graphic novels, and science fiction.