An announcement/ Une annonce
I’m a relative newb when it comes to being an exhibitor at conventions but I’m working hard at it. I’m sure I’m not the only one. I had the idea when I was at the Mini Comic Con on Montreal a few weeks ago to start a Facebook group for dealers and artists who go to cons. The goal is to get feedback on which conventions are good for dealers, tips for setting up tables and pricing and find people to share tables with or maybe car pool. Most of the conversation happens in french and it’s mostly centered on cons accessible for people in the eastern parts of Canada but if you are a dealer or an artist in conventions and you are interested, drop me a line on Facebook!
Je suis relativement débutante comme exposante dans les conventions, mais je travaille fort quand même. Je suis certaine que je ne suis pas la seule. Pendant le dernier Mini Comic Con de Montréal, j’ai eu l’idée de fonder un groupe Facebook pour les exposants et les artistes qui vont dans des conventions. Le but est d’avoir du feedback sur les différentes conventions, d’avoir des trucs pour les tables, les prix, de trouver des gens avec qui partager une table ou avec qui faire le trajet. Beaucoup des conversations sont en français et on est surtout concentrés sur les conventions accessibles aux gens dans l’est du Canada mais si vous êtes un exposants et que vous êtes intéressez, envoyez-moi un message sur Facebook!
Some Friends/Des amis
I meet all kinds of wonderful people when I go to cons, and I see al kinds of surprising things. Here are some new friends.
Mike was our “across the alley” neighbor. He spent a lot of time working in front of con goers, I think this might explain his success.
Eve was my tablemate. I think our themes fit well together without competing. For some reason, she has a lot of cute stuff, but her zombies were the most popular.
One of our neighbors was Catherine of Catherinette Rings. Her partner crafts the jewelry and she helps a lot with the sales and logistics and some of the design. We had time to chat and I had time to look at their beautiful steampunk sculptures.
I also had the pleasure of hanging out with Kanthara a.k.a. Karine Charlebois, comic artist and storyboarder extraordinaire.
It’s been a full week since my visit to Montreal Comic Con. It’s enough time that I hope the worse of the frustration has had time to settle a little. I say that because it was not the best of experiences. It was only my third visit to a convention, the first having been Illuxcon 2010 in Altoona Pennsylvania and the second having been the Montreal Mini Comic Con in december 2010. Illuxcon was all kinds of awesome and I have written about it at length. The mini con was pretty nice, it was small, I got to talk with artists who had tables, to look at everything I wanted to see, to attend very lame amateur wrestling matches and I generally had a good time.
Now, the real Montreal Comic Con, they kept announcing new guests, and hyping the batmobile and the Back to the Future DeLorean. Stan Lee! Adam west! Burt Ward! And plenty of entertainment celebrities I had never heard of. There was a lot of advertisement and it promised to be a big event. Now, I’m not a big fan of american style comics, I don’t really care for superheroes and I hardly watch any t.v. so that wasn’t my draw to go there. I wanted to see if it would be worth my while to get a table there next year.
I managed to convince my boyfriend to come with me because I wanted a second opinion on business oriented stuff. He wasn’t too keen on it, but in the end he decided to come. I bought the tickets online and we went there around 1h30 on the Saturday. Big mistake, it was crowded and everyone was confused, the logistics was lame and there were cues all over the place. Was had to wait in line for 1.5 hours to get in. Once in, it was so crowded that it was not always possible to go in the direction you wanted. There were so many people in front of some tables that we could not even see whose table it was. All in all it was a pain, I managed to talk to some artists who had useful insight, and we did see some cool stuff, most notably the preview that La Gallery had of their new Pin Up show. We didn’t stay very long and my thought was: I never want to go there again, my boyfriend concurs. The Comic Con organization did apologize on Facebook, but it would take very good reasons for me to set foot there again.
Last year’s Illuxcon posts
The game I’ve been working on since February (I came in as the project was already underway) has made it in a Penny Arcade cartoon. Woohoo.