Hey all! Just back from this years Apop! The con was great for sales, a small convention with a good amount of traffic! The people were generally nice. Here is a breakdown of how my weekend went. Hope this helps you guys with what to expect when selling at cons.
Friday: Slow just as I thought all Fridays should be, but still better than expected. I had no poster sales on this day though pretty much all 8.5x11 prints and buttons. People are mostly just scoping it out.
Saturday: I was pumped. Like seriously, it was the longest day, but I was so energetic and excited, lots of sales on this day, especially posters. And all artists know that posters are where you make most of your moolah from, offering combo deals really help. I like to help people make their decision easier which is why I always offer price breaks if they buy more than one on a print. The only thing that could have possibly been a negative was that I didn't sell any OC work other than buttons on this day but it was the most profitable and energetic day
Sunday: Holy shit. I was exhausted. By this day I was dead tired from the overwork and buzz of yesterday, and running early in the morning to the print shop to replace by stock that has been sold out. This was the day I also realized all the mistakes I made that were jeopardizing sales from my original series "Pseudo": Not having a sign beside it that said it was an original manga, forgetting to label OC posters so people don't confuse them for fanart they never heard of . Realized I was too caught up with making sales from fanart and not practising my comic story pitch. Still some more OC stuff did sell including an original ACEO marker drawing of Naali! (Sweet!)
It's always flattering when someone appreciates my work for art's and story's sake rather than just "ooh (insert fav character) I must have it!" Don't get me wrong, I appreciate all support, but when people love my original stuff, its like nothing can compare to that you know? Overall Sunday was good in sales, but I think Saturday beat it by just a bit, but aside from the fatigue, Sunday was my most emotionally rewarding day.
Overall I think the lessons I've learned from my new convention career is:
1. Don't bring all your stock at once if it's a local convention and your not staying in a hotel. Carrying a lighter load is a wonderful, free and sexy feeling trust me!
2. If you know people, step 1: buy prints together, step 2: get bulk deals/discounts together, step 3: profit???
3. Always bring own lunch, con food is pricy. Remember your business expense is not limited to just table rent.
4. I think I should have been more focused on promoting my comic rather than putting it to the side for selling fanart. Does fanart sell itself better? Yes. Do I like stuff that sells itself thus limiting my interaction with other humans? Most definitely. But is it helping my long term goals the most? No. (Mega disappointment in self). I'm one of those people that when I'm tired I DON'T want to talk to people, it exhausts me, not give me more energy. I did make some attempts, such as telling people "if you don't recognize a character, they are from my own series" Problem is I find, if you want to sell OC work you have to make the sale, it doesn't sell itself as well as fanart. Unless you have a big online following.
5. I Always forget my banner (smacks head) Seriously that was fucking dumb.
6. Just use more tape while putting the posters, or else they'll keep falling down.
That's it for atomic Lollipop! Thanks to everyone who dropped by and bought something!
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As I mentioned, I'm also the creator of my original comic Pseudo, an epic fantasy and drama series about a teenage boy who wants to become an angel to redeem his past life: tapastic.com/series/Pseudo-Win…