As I attempt to keep my eyes open on this wonderful Monday morning, I can’t help but grin to myself about how awesome this weekend was. I tabled my first major show in my home town, Stumptown Comicfest, and I had a blast.
For those of you who didn’t know the story, my road to Stumptown this year was not an easy. I was originally rejected a table and was pretty bummed about it. Through a random chance encounter I was hooked up with Diana Nock of Jinxville Comics (Intrepid Girlbot) who was looking for someone to split a table with her. I was delighted to jump onto this awesome opportunity to get out there and spread the word about me and Plus One.
As for the show itself, I went in with modest goals and did well for myself. I was selling my first book, 9 months and counting, as well as a complete black and white compilation entitled Easily Digestible. Also on my table was prints of my super hero parents series, a best of mini comic and various free post cards and business cards.
I didn’t sell as many books as I would have liked but I did sell a few which is awesome. Every person who picked up a copy was a blind sell, someone who’d never heard of me or the comic before, and thus was a huge ego boost. Someone was willing to pay money to read my work. It was a very gratifying feeling. My super hero prints were also a huge topic of interest. At a low price point and with several famous faces, they were pretty popular.
While my sales weren’t amazing, my main goal was actually awareness. I handed out post cards (started with 250 and was out by mid-day Sunday) and business cards while chatting it up with so many people. I am very happy to report that pretty much anyone with a kid under the age of 3 came over to talk with me. We swapped parent stories, had laughs about the super heroes and more. Plus One is aligned perfectly with the market that I want to be in. It’s a story about parents aimed at parents and this weekend totally confirmed that for me.
So to all my new readers who are checking out the site, welcome! Thanks for stopping by the booth this weekend and saying hello. I welcome you to plus one and highly encourage you to start reading from page 1. I hope you all enjoy the show!