I got to meet some pretty cool peeps at TCAF. Saturday night we went out for dinner with some of the Saturday Morning Webtoons gang and friends. It was a good way to wind down my first day tabling, even if our meal took forever to cook!
Later on at the pub I met a few more peeps and struck up some conversations, but I was tired and the few drinks i had pretty much killed the night. I did get to thank John Martz for his help in finding some good archival quality paper in Toronto.
Lunch on Sunday with Alex and Jason Bradshaw was good too. Some good conversation. You should check out Jason’s Boredom Pays, and Alex’s Lopopo’s Lost Sock.
There wasn’t much of a chance to take in the rest of the con, and when I did get the chance, I only had enough time to breeze through the upstairs rooms.
I’m already looking forward to next year!
Over the course of the TCAF weekend my prints got a lot of attention, I gave away almost all my buttons, handed out countless business cards, and met a few fans. I sold a total of twenty-four prints, which was truthfully only about a quarter of what I brought… but a lot more than I was expecting to move!
My top selling prints, tied for first place were Nightcrawler and my Boss Wraith.
I wasn’t so surprised about the ‘crawler print, but it was nice to see that the wraith (part of a personal project) was so popular. In all, the established character work only accounted for one third of my sales. Considering the 70/30 split, that’s pretty even - which tells me that the people who were buying my stuff were interested in the artwork more than the subject matter - which is pretty cool!
I could write a whole other post about all the people I met (like the talented Francis Manapul, and Jason Bradshaw), our crazy Mexican dinner, and all the great books I bought (there go all my earnings!)… maybe later.
It’s been over a month now since TCAF, and finally I have time to sit down and write a follow-up blog post! Heck, I still haven’t had time to get to reading all the cool books I bought. Anyways…
This was a bit of an experiment for me, since my only insight to how my work is received comes from the net. So far, drawing established characters always gets more attention than my original work (this is not surprising). But I wanted to put it to the test…
I was only selling prints this year - figuring that I cold keep the price low and try to get as many people as possible to see my work. I brought 70% original work and only 30% work based on other people’s IP.
The key was that I looked at the whole thing as an expense. I wasn’t expecting to recoup any money, so if I sold even one print it would be a bonus.
The goal was to get people to see my work, remember my name, and maybe buy a print. To that effect I brought some promotional stuff. I had new business cards made that focused on driving people to my Tumblr and Twitter. I also brought 250 1” buttons that I planned on giving away.
Jack and I were also promoting Alphabetic Al, the free comic download we worked together on for Saturday Morning Webtoons. J Torres (of the SMW) was at the table next to us and had these nifty banners.
So that’s the setup… I’ll write more about the results tomorrow!