Long Beach Comic Expo Recap

I had a very busy week immediately following the comic expo, so I'm just now getting to my recap of the event. In short, it was GREAT!

We got there at 8 am and it took the whole 2 hours to unpack the car, move stuff inside and set up the table to my liking. There were a few things i would do differently next time:

  • no holders for the business cards, because people just knocked them over anyway. 
  • making sure I have prints of any original art I brought with me. I had prints of one, but not of another that people were particularly interested in.
  • pen and paper signup sheet for my newsletter. I had QR codes, but not many people seemed interested in them.
  • rearranging things on the table so I wasn't blocking my view of the traffic as much.

Things I got right, whether accidentally or intentionally:

  • having prints and buttons. People who did respond to my work responded very well AND wished I had more. Prints and buttons did the best for me.
  • having original art that was on my table instead of behind me...AND putting an impromptu spotlight on the piece with a mini flashlight. So many people stopped to get a look at the art because the lighting made the focal point glow. 
  • doing quick sketches, once I got comfortable drawing in front of people. my first couple of sketches were a bit shaky and hesitant, but then I got into the flow of things and it got easier as the day progressed.

I had a spot right at the entrance in the direct flow of traffic, so I got a lot of people walking by my booth. Because it was a comic expo and my art is not entirely comic-like, I wasn't expecting an overwhelming number of people stopping at my table. Still, I had a fairly steady flow of visitors, and everyone responded well to my art. Multiple people even asked if I had a book available. (the answer is: soon, I hope!)

To everyone who stopped to talk to me, thank you! I wrote down all your requests for different animals and they will appear sooner or later in my art. 

Next stop: SCBWI Summer Conference and entering the portfolio showcase! Time to polish my portfolio.

November:
1-3   Con-Volution   San Francisco
9-10   DesignerCon   Pasedena

Me at my table. On the white crate sat an ipad with a rotating portfolio of my work.

Me at my table. On the white crate sat an ipad with a rotating portfolio of my work.

The start of the sketches I worked on throughout the day. Once I started drawing the fox, I got people really excited about my sketches and I drew many more animals. These are all drawn on MDF squares that were very fun to work on.

The start of the sketches I worked on throughout the day. Once I started drawing the fox, I got people really excited about my sketches and I drew many more animals. These are all drawn on MDF squares that were very fun to work on.

Finished fox sketch that went to a new home.

Finished fox sketch that went to a new home.

Jellyfish sketch that went to a new home. The child who received this had a big smile and his father thought he was more excited about this than the toy they also bought him that day. That was definitely the highlight of the day for me.

Jellyfish sketch that went to a new home. The child who received this had a big smile and his father thought he was more excited about this than the toy they also bought him that day. That was definitely the highlight of the day for me.

dog that went to a new home. 

dog that went to a new home. 

fox that went to a new home. 

fox that went to a new home. 

tiger that went to a new home.

tiger that went to a new home.

A life-sized, working, robotic Wall-e. Definitely my favorite character of the day, although there were some great costumes there.

A life-sized, working, robotic Wall-e. Definitely my favorite character of the day, although there were some great costumes there.