Yesterday I had my first comic con tabling experience at the South Shore Comic Con, held in Cohasset, MA. It was a small, gentle con, filled with kids and their parents. I didn’t make the table cost back, but I did sell a few of my books, and made a few observations.
While I was there, I made a few observations that will help with future cons:
Know your audience
Having not been to the con before, I didn’t know how child-centric it would be. My work largely skews older, due to language and themes surrounding mental health. Parents weren’t super interested in supporting my work, but older teens and young adults were.
Mark whether comics are child friendly
This, I found, is the biggest question that potential customers asked. They wanted to make sure that they could give their children my work. Kitchen Witches is my only all-ages piece at the moment, but my husband and I are working on a children’s comic for a con in April. I’ll be sure to color code or otherwise denote which pieces are kid friendly for future cons.
Colorful covers sell well
This ties back with knowing the audience. I found that people expect a higher level of production value, even with indie cartoonists. I’m not confident in my digital coloring skills, but it’s something to work towards in creating eye-catching work.
Fan art of licensed characters sells well
This really isn’t for me. Unless I’m drawing a Captain America book, I probably will not sell prints of Cap. Stickers maybe, maybe a sketchbook, but not full out prints.
I also had a great time buying pieces and supporting local artists! Check out my haul.
Not content with one project of a literary bent, I’ve somehow found myself roped into working on an anthology with the Boston Comics Roundtable, the Boston-area indie comics creator group.
Spellbound II is “Modern Magic.” Where tech meets hex, touch screen Ouija boards exist, and the WiFi fairy is the godmother we all need.
My role will be selecting the comics with my co-editors, and designing/laying out the book itself. I’m very excited to be part of this project. The BCR releases excellent anthologies. The aim is to have the book in hand by early June, just in time for the convention season.
Dimensions: Trim 7” x 8.5”, image safe area 6.5” x 8” — no bleeds
Color: Black & White or Grey scale
Page count: 1 – 6 pages
Quick and scrappy sketch to make sure I drew something yesterday. I went to a networking event thrown by the Australian government, and came home rather later than I intended (due to spontaneous cookies and coffee at the Top of the Hub).
So, first picture of the day is actually just another picture I drew yesterday. First time using a non-photo blue pencil, and I was pleased with how easy it was to use and ink over. I’ll continue experimenting with it as the month progresses.
Second picture is a quicker costume design for Bonnie, the other main character in the web comic. I like the shape of the dress and heels, but I don’t think that the dots (cute as they are) will stay. Those take forever to draw in.
Fun fact: Bonnie’s whole look was initially for a character in Samizdat, but Annie and I realized that it wasn’t quite the right look.