If you missed the Friday report, click here.
After some rest Friday night, hubby and I showed up Saturday morning feeling ready to take on the day. As we were checking emails and such, someone came up to my table and we began chatting. Turned out that he was a fellow ComicDish member! So we chatted for a good long time and he bought an Adrastus book. This was the first one I sold during the weekend, so I was pretty excited about that, and it was awesome to meet another member of the CD community!
At noon I went to a performance! Which is not something I usually do at cons, but this was bellydance. This was bellydance, set to NERDY MUSIC. I could not resist. I left the intrepid hubby at the table and went to watch Antipode, which is a bellydance troupe who does cosplay bellydance set to meme music. They did the Nyan cat song, They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard, something from Potter Puppet Pals, and, of course, they RickRolled us. Have never been Rickrolled by Bellydancers before, but it was pretty awesome. The small crowd seemed to really enjoy the show and it was full of laughs. (The head of Antipode actually came by my table on Sunday and I told her about how much I enjoyed the show. I also mentioned that I missed bellydancing myself and she said had they known that they would have dragged me up on stage with them. I would have died had they done that. LOL)
Saturday was definitely an illuminating day. I did make some sales of the stupid Clearance bookmarks that I was trying to get rid of, as well as some of the Derpy Hooves and MLP bookmarks I had made especially for the con. Surprisingly, I ended the con with several Derpy bookmarks still left. I don’t know how this happened. But I did gain some insight by watching the people coming by my table and seeing who would stop and pick up the Adrastus book and who actually seemed interested. Definitely illuminating as far as finding my target audience goes.
Also, Saturday I had woken up with the worst darn headache on the planet. By the time I got back from a panel, my eye felt like it was about to explode out of my skull. It was TERRIBLE. It was terrible to the point where I got on Twitter and said that if someone brought me painkillers, I would give them a free book because I was in that much pain. Hubby went off to get me pills. A few minutes later, some friends came by and asked how things were going. When I told them about my screaming headache, they forked over some Advil (and wouldn’t take a book…). Hubby came back, and about five minutes later some guy comes running up to my table. He stops, and holds out this big bottle of Advil to me. I started laughing, then got up and tried to give him a book. He refused, and said that Onezumi had seen my tweet and had sent him down to give me pills!
I was, in a word, stunned. I have been to many cons, and not once would I have ever thought to ask the staff if they would give me painkillers for a headache. Not ONCE. Why? Because I’m not a guest. I’m not someone important, I’m an artist sitting at a table trying to make a buck and do some promoting. The staff may or may not care about me. So for the head of the convention to send her staff down to the lowly artists’ table because her head is killing her? That means a lot to me, it really does.
So after a day of being at the con, and being on a video podcast (sort of impromptu, too… I don’t see the Intervention videos here yet, hopefully they’ll be up soon), I went with a bunch of other crazy folks to Gordon Biersch, for a web-comics dinner planned by Dawn Griffin! It was a lot of fun, and was one of the first times I’ve really felt like I made some good friends in the community. Hell, just being INVITED was great because I never would have thought I’d be invited to hang out with other comic creators at all. There was much laughter, much schmoozing, and lots of eating tasty, tasty food. And there was beer being drunk, but not by me. :)
Sunday… Sundays at a con are always depressing. You don’t want the con to end because it’s so much fun, but you’re so tired you just want to go home and sleep too. It’s really quite the conundrum. I learned even MORE on Sunday and spent some time refining my pitch and my interaction with people at the table. I did sell a few last minute things, and got some more ideas on things to do for more comic promotion.
Overall, it wasn’t a hugely financial reward for a convention. But I got so much feedback, so much insight, and so many friends and new contacts out of it that it was worth every cent that we spent getting there. I’m definitely planning on going again next year. Hopefully I’ll have everything nicely refined and a lot of you will come out and see me then! Many thanks to Interventioncon for a great time, and looking forward to next year!
So, I’m back safe and sound from Intervention 2011, and the computer crisis that was awaiting me when I got back has now been pretty much resolved. (Here’s a friendly reminder, kids- back up your work!) So it’s time for part 1 of a convention report! Whee!
Byron and I arrived at the convention hotel at about 9:30 on Friday morning. No, we weren’t planning on being the first ones in the Vendor room, but I’ll be darned if we WEREN’T. The hotel was really lovely, though a pain to navigate at first. Having some large maps posted around at the convention would have been nice for those wandering around without the map from the programming book, because I got lost about 10 times before we actually found the vendor room. (We were looking for the Help/Info desk so we could check in, but ended up actually in the room first)
The con staff that was setting up let us in early, and it didn’t take long for hubby and I to get my table in order. I LOVE my new banner and the banner stand that my Dad helped me build. It’s pretty darn easy to set up, and will be easier to carry around once I get a baseball bat bag or something of the sort for it. We met Onezumi while we were in there (she’s head of the con and still setting up the Vendor Room by herself?! What is this madness, woman? Get a minion to do that!) and bribed some of the other early showers with donuts as they set up. I sure do know how to win friends and influence people, don’t I?
I admit that it was hard for me to keep reminding myself that Friday was going to be slow. I mean, Friday afternoons are slow at Anime:USA too, but they’re slow with some traffic. I had to tell myself repeatedly that this con is only in its second year. Still, there was a ton going on Friday as far as programming. I went to a discussion about Creative Marketing with T. Campbell and Bill Holbrook in the afternoon (skipped the Web-comics 101 panel, even though I know that every panel I go to, no matter what it is, I always learn at least one good tidbit at it!), then one on Freelancing with Tony DiGerolamo and Christopher Baldwin after the Vendor Room closed for the night. Both panels were chock full of ideas that got my brain wheels turning and the speakers had some nice energy. I asked at the Marketing one for tips on how to find out who my target audience is and they gave me some good advice. That panel was really a good primer with some helpful tips thrown in about how to use Project Wonderful, what has worked in the past and what isn’t working right now, and some thoughts on the future of marketing. The freelancing panel was just AWESOME. (I say this mainly because it started off as practically a private seminar, since I was the only one in the room at first. I got a lot of really great information from that panel!)
But, two panels aside I did spend most of my time either at my table or running around saying hello to folks I know from other conventions and new friends I’ve been dying to meet. Among the old friends were Erin and Chezhnian from Tamuran, Megami Jadeheart of Annie, and Jessi and Matt from Geeks Next Door. I also got to meet Dawn Griffin of Zorphbert and Fred for the first time! Folks, she’s just as awesome in real life as she is on the Web, I promise! On Friday I also made friends with Peter of Bardsworth and Mike of The Cow Comic, both of whom were just great guys and awesome to be around. It was so funny that I had my table smack between theirs though, because Trevor had mentioned on Twitter that if I saw them, to tell them hi. Well I did, and we had a rockin’ good time all weekend geeking out, talking comics and marketing, and being silly. I picked up a lot of good tips from them, and being able to squeeze the Squeaky Plush Cookies was amusing as hell. (Peter from Bardsworth had them, and I swear someone was picking one up every two seconds and squeezing them. It was hilarious.)
We went back to where we were staying on Friday night, tired and with a few little sales under our belts, but not much else happened on Friday. But Saturday… Oh, Saturday, you were something special. I’ll tell you about that in the next day or two!