Just wanted to wish everyone a happy Canada Day.
This is something that I have to work on. I’m notoriously bad at frequent posting. What can I possibly have to say that might be entertaining enough to post? I don’t know.
I have a nice little routine down for the summer:
Light house work in the morning.
Work on SPR or other art projects
Family time or work on SPR
I can’t possibly post this everyday. That would really be depressing.
Goals: Work on the writing of the webcomic. Still in the works. I’ve got lots to learn on that side of things.
It’s odd; my family thinks I am really funny. I make them laugh all of the time at the supper table. I am talking milk through the nose funny. Once, it was cheerios!! Eww
I’ve realized that a lot of the funny things that I say are built around years of inside jokes between the five of us and can’t easily translate to the Sci-fi world of SPR. Too bad: That would greatly help with my writing.
I am in this for a while. So I figure that as the characters mature -and hopefully my writing as well-, we’ll start to see the odd nugget of comedic gold.
For the handful of you that are sitting through this awkward growth process that is a webcomic, I thank you! I hope that the payoff for you will be better and better material in the future. For the time being, I am having a lot of fun exploring this medium and the characters. Let’s see what happens next.
Basically, it was a great experience! My goal was a simple one: To make enough sales to cover the cost and expenses of the trip to Calgary.
I am pleased to announce that I made a bit more than that! So on that front, it was a huge success. I sold a few books and lots of posters. The biggest seller for me was the Shaun of the Dead poster. I made an 11 x 17 version of the poster and they sold like hot cakes.
This very nice couple was the first book purchase of the event. I was so nervous that no one would bother with an unknown Ottawa guy’s “art of” book. Once the first book was sold, I felt confident that I would sell more.
Another highlight was when a gentleman bought my book and 3 posters all at once! That was really amazing. I sold out of the Shaun of the Dead Posters every day but Sunday. I kept having to run to a Staples to get extra copies.
The people were very nice and complimentary. One person told me that the Shaun of the Dead was the hidden gem of the Con!
The costumes were, as you would expect, excellent. I was too busy to take my own pictures but this link will show you the bulk of the costumes. http://www.flickr.com/search/show/?q=Calgary+Comic
For me, the best costume was this guy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rean1985/5848374522/The steampunk wheel chair from the “Wild Wild West” movie had a bunch of rotating gizmos and steam coming out of a mini chimney. It was amazing.
I met this wonderful young woman from Toronto, Jenn, who was a real pro in terms of optimizing sales. Her setup was eye catching, and it seemed that people were buying from her non-stop. I learnt a lot from her. If I go back next year (very tempted to go back), I know what I need to bring and produce and showcase.
I also got to meet Scott Kurtz, Dave Kellett and Kris Straub from halfpixel.com. They really liked my art! I got to thank them for contributing so much to the world of webcomics.
That’s about all I can say on my trip. It was fantastic.
I have been very sick for the past week! Luckly, there were no real disruptions to the comic since I have a buffer. Thank god for the buffer!
I’ve been able to work and that was about it.
Now I have to turn my attentin to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. I am leaving for Calgary on Friday. If all goes well, I’ll take pictures of the event and post them here and or on my blog.
I am very excited about the whole event. That’s all I have for now.
If you happen to be from Calgary and reading this, I’ll be in Artist Alley, Table D10.
There are essentially 2 parts to this story: The rain and the sun.
I got there early and was allowed to setup my table- which was great news. It was cloudy but everything pointed to a non-rain day. I started to setup our table with my daughter Sarah. Once we assembled the table and unpacked the van, it started to rain. We didn’t have anything to cover our outside booth with anything except a couple of plastic sheets. We covered our books and posters as best we could and waited. It looked very bleak. I was considering going back home. My wife Chantal and my other twin daughter, Christine came with a change of clothing and some garbage bags to better protect our products. That’s when I discovered that some of the water got under 2 of our boxes. One of which had my posters.
Laura Mitchell and her boyfriend (his name escapes me at the moment….so sorry!), from a neighbouring booth from across walked over and offered to share their display tent to get us out of the rain and allow us to display our products. We were so grateful! We towelled down, and, moved everything in the tent. It was a bit snug but it was great.
About an hour later, the sun came out and so did the people. I got a lot of compliments on the posters and the book. I made a couple of sales and a few contacts as well. I also got a chance to see all of the booths to see what the prince range was and how they displayed their stuff. I learned a lot that day. The music was really good and the food was great. It was also a lot of fun to hang out with my family and meet everyone.
I am now looking forward to Calgary more than ever.