Ok, the title is a bit misleading, it’s not my first actual comic con. This was my first time attending a comic con as a vendor.
After being encouraged and accepted to be a vendor at a comic con, I was told of one closer to me to try out first. Roanoke’s Big Lick Comic Con. I sent my application and was accepted to be a vendor shortly thereafter. Even though this was my second acceptance for being a vendor, it ended up being my first that I’d be attending as a vendor.
Between when I was accepted and the day of setting up my booth, I went to other comic cons to see what I needed to do (setting up, prices, etc.) and I got to pick a few brains as well. I also made sure I had plenty of books ready and I looked into having some other goodies at my booth as well (in this case I got what I was able to have delivered in time for the con).
The day of set up was Friday afternoon before the con. I checked in, was shown my booth, and I began my set up. Given I only have three books at the moment I thought were best to sell for this, my set up did not take long. I looked around me and saw people who were setting up before I arrived and were still setting up after I had left. I knew others would have bigger booths than myself but this made me a little worried that I didn’t do as much as I should have for this. I let that thought escape my mind, I finished my booth set up, thanked JD (the person in charge), and went home.
The next day myself and JP (my bro who helped out at my booth so I could take the occasional walk around and grab food) left for comic con and we finished my booth set up (I had bookmarks to put on my table as well as my card).
Throughout the day I sold some books! Of my three books I had Three Crowns was the best seller. I did manage to sell a copy of META- which is one of my poetry books, and most importantly, I made my money back! Throughout the day I did learn some things that I think will help me with my other conventions this year and next (YES! I already have comic cons booked for next year!)
- I sold some books
- I was asked to sign stuff!
- I made my money back
- I got to meet people who showed interest in my work
- I had other writers giving me advice on improving my work as well as my sales!
- People I know stopped by my booth and talked for a bit!
Things I need to improve on
- I need to eventually write something aimed for a younger audience (kids were looking at Dream Awake and I don’t consider it a child friendly title)
- I need the Square (I could’ve sold more books if I had it)
- I need to write more fantasy/sci-fi stuff
- Have more stuff on my booth (other authors there had a lot more of their work)
- Have plenty of one dollar bills in my cashbox (special thanks to the booth next to me for helping out on that!)
- Showcase some prior successes (one booth shared their Amazon reviews and one shared their awards)
Here’s a list of people I owe thanks to
- JD Sutphin, for giving me the opportunity to sell my books at Big Lick Comic Con
- JP Slusher, for being at my booth helping out
- David and Anita Lambiase, for the bookmarks and the tablecloth for my booth
- Brokem Icon Comics, for giving me advice and showing interest in my work
- Kim Iverson Headlee, for selling me a great book as well as the advice when I was at your booth
- Special thanks to everyone who bought a book or just picked up a card
- Also thanks to those I know for stopping by, always good seeing familiar faces
Before I left, I found JD so I could shake his hand and thank him once more for the opportunity. He thanked me as well and said “hope to see you again in February”
I’m taking that as an invite to come back and sell my books again!
Below are pics of my booth as well as some other pics I took while I was there
One of the guests was the LEGENDARY Dennis O’Neal, he signed my Green Lantern/Green Arrow graphic novel for FREE!
Everyone who knows me knows I’m a batman fanatic so I had to get a pic with Batman
My comic con booth after I laid out my card, bookmarks, and magnet
For 5 dollars we could get a picture with the Iron Giant, I had to do this!