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.