Man, it’s been a little bit since my last post. Well, I’ve been working on some new stuff as well as handling some personal stuff. But it’s mostly been trying to work on new stuff.
After NWI Comic Con, I put all my focus on preparing for Indiana Comic Con in Indianapolis. It was the first three day show I’d be doing and I’d be working it alone. Because of this, I had a lot of nerves going into it and spent hours making sure I was adequately prepared. It was lucky that I did because I found out that I was understocked on Secrets & Shadows.
After making a restocking order and sending off the payment, I focused on making sure I had all the travel supplies, convention supplies, and any other supplies I needed well stocked. Eventually, it got to the point where I was just going in circles. Despite a few hiccups (including finding out that the check I sent to the printer never made it), I had high hopes for the show.
The restock ended up not coming before I left, but I took what I had and traveled down to Indianapolis. I ended up being too late to set-up early so I went to my hotel room and slept…or tried to. I ended up just laying there for several hours. I guess I rested? To counteract this, I made sure to get a big breakfast.
The first day of the show was rough due to lack of sleep, but I made a few sales. I was lucky enough to be set up between two pretty cool artists and met a couple people who were interested in getting some indie comics. It was a slow day, but it was expected. Saturday was the big day.
Saturday was a little better sleep-wise. Also, my mother was kind enough to bring the comic shipment down so I wasn’t as freaked out about it. In terms of sales and people, it was actually on par with Friday which seemed to surprise many of the vendors who had worked the year before. Still, I got a lot of people who were interested in Secrets & Shadows, Someday, and specifically Clusterf@#k. While I didn’t make a huge number of sales, I did get a few “I’ll be back”s.
Sunday was great. Many of the people who said they’d be back the previous day actually came back and picked up books. Some people picked up books, came back, talked up my book to people at the table, and then bought more books. It was by far the best day which was surprising. I also had some great conversations with people where even if they didn’t pick anything up, it didn’t just feel like they were just trying to get ‘cheat codes’ out of me.
Definitely a great show and I plan on going back next year.
Also, ConTroll is finished and available for free as a reward for signing up for my email list.
ConTroll is the story of a superhero who meets his biggest internet troll and the two convention security guards caught in between. It was written by myself with art by Diego Toro, colors by Kote Carvajal, and letters be Cristian Docolomansky. It was also edited by Steven Forbes.
If you aren’t on the email list, you should definitely sign-up for the chance to grab your free copy.
This past weekend, I attended Free Comic Book Day at Creative Comics in Griffith, In. It was an outdoor show (my first) and it was definitely a learning experience. I’ll definitely invest in things to keep my books weighed down as it was particularly windy and my books threatened to blow away several times. Lucky, it wasn’t a hot day or an extremely cold day so being in the sun wasn’t too horrible. I didn’t sell a ton of books but I wasn’t expecting massive sales and I was able to meet some other local creators from my neck of the woods. If you live in the area, I recommend checking out Creative Comics.
No news is good news and while the updates might be a bit spread out, there are great things on the horizon.