With every convention I’ve attended every year, selling artwork to hundreds of thousands of people for a few days, I’ve acquired new things about myself and how to be professional at events such as Comic Con or local art festivals. So here is a list of random tips and tricks I’ve learned that could REALLY help you in the long run.
1) BE ORGANIZED: There is nothing more troublesome than having all of your art and supplies being sprawled all over the place being a mess, especially looking. Keep your artwork in something besides the cardboard box package it came in or your own suitcase. Really frustrating trying to guess which unlabled box has what print, especially having more than 15 images on sale. To avoid that headach, I store my prints in this Sterilite 3 Drawer Cart. To go one step further, I’ve used poster paper to create enveloped tabs, making prints easier to find when someone makes a purchase.
2) BE ACTIVE WITH DRAWING: Sitting on your rump for countless hours watching people walk by or keeping your nose in your iphone may or may not attract many customers to your table, especially when your boast yourself as an artist. Past time by literally taking out a sketchpad or bristol board and just start drawing. People would really be curious in what you’re drawing at the moment, being amazed seeing the artist in his/her natural state. Not to mention its a great way of promoting commissions.
3) GET THE COSPLAYERS’ ATTENTION: It’s always interesting seeing what’s the popular costumes based on the latest shows, videogames, animation, movies, etc. Besides complimenting on shirts and outfits, this is where you put your carnival barker skills to the fullest. Gander at the photo of the booth I was tabling with alongside with my buddies. We all have some sort of fandom, character, show of some varation pandering to them. “Hey love the Deadpool outfit! What would go great with that would be this LOVELY print of Deadpool/King of Thrones crossover!” “HEY LITTLE MAC! WE GOT A SMASH BROS. PRINT WITH YOUR NAME ON IT!!”“RARITY! You look lovely! Maybe a set of MLP stickers would go great with your autograph book?” You get the idea by now.
4) PACK A LUNCH: This one may possibly be a no brainer, especially everybody knows that food at the convention from bottles of water to full burger and fries are SUPER expensive and will burn more holes in your pocket than Christmas shopping. Not even the local McDonald’s or other fast food joints are safe, being overcrowded to the brim with convention goers waiting for such a long time. To save time and money, best bring a lunch box with a few snacks and a big lunch like a big sub sandwich alongside with a gallon water jug to keep your huger satisfied and your thirst quenched for hours.
5) PURCHASE A CARD READER: While it’s still important to have a cash box with change to break all of those bigger bills, but not every customer will have bills to spare but are willing to pay with a credit and debit card. There are various card readers for smartphones and tablets including the Square Reader, PayPal card reader, and even now banks such as Chase have card readers now. It does however have one downside to it and that is Internet connection. Doesn’t sound so bad at first but knowing that over 150,000 people are also attending, using 3G/4G internet as well which would reduce a fast speed internet to a slow crawl. May have to cough up a few bucks to use the convention center’s wifi. Surprisingly this year it cost $30 total to use all of the Wifi from Thursday till Sunday.
6) INVEST IN WALKIE TALKIES: Now I briefly mention in #5 that reception can be pretty shitty due to the large volume of attendees using up cell phone reception. Texts that would take an instant would surprisingly take up to 2 hours to get out that is IF you’re lucky it sends out successfully. Now it’s not always that scenario since reception was actually fine this year which was surprising. But in the event you want to call your buddies from a distance while waltzing about in the convention center, invest in some decent walkie talkies.
7) SUNDAY IS DISCOUNT DAY: The last day of the convention is the last attempt to reel in some cash and have to get rid of all of your stock ASAP. It’s best to slash the prices, reducing from prints that would be sold for $15 down to $10 and so forth. It’s everybody’s last day or it’s the only day they could afford for the convention so why not spend wisely on cool artwork that won’t hurt their budget too much.
That’s all of the tips I have to give out for now. If you have ANY questions about convention tabling and art in general I have missed or want me to cover, feel free to message me here. Ask Box is open! :D
NYCC 2014 Aftermath!!
Woo! Man what a week New York Comic Con has been. Gotta admit this was the best year so far for me and my cohorts whom I had the honor of tabling at for the last 4 days.
It started off pretty good on Thursday, enjoying the peace and the actual roomy walking space before the entire flood and heavy traffic proceeds the following days. Got to try out some demos of upcoming demos including Capcom’s upcoming Resident Evil Revelations 2. Though as of business, it was quiet and slow.
As Friday started, so too did business and the crowd was picking up steam. Started to noticed from the many people passing by whose art they seem attracted to, which surprisingly was mine, even though my buddy, Jason, has been doing conventions for a living ever since 2008. Saturday got some big hits, getting tons of commissions from everybody since having smaller bite size art was quite the attention getter besides the stong bad/grunkle stan drawing shown above. I’ve managed to catch up with a few old buddies from my summer lifeguarding gig to former colleagues from Augenblick. Sunday was quite madness…starting off waking up with a cold and serious sinus headaches, I was bombarded with commissions back and forth both small and big for last minute convention goers. But no matter how backlogged I was, I managed to pull through finishing them all before the stroke of 5:00pm.
Overall, it was fun while it lasted being inside the convention and outside hanging out with my friends and tagging along with my wonderful sister. I’ve felt pretty proud of myself this year, really walked out of the convention feeling like I’ve improved quite well and felt more noticed this time around. Really gotta step up my game now, so it’s back to the drawing board working on new art and updating my demo reel.
OBLIGATORY NYCC 2014 ANNOUNCEMENT
Well the time is nearly upon us all for another 4 wonderful days of New York Comic Con! I will be there for all four days from October 9th to the 12th tabling with some of my college buds. Find us all at table 1242 on the Show Room floor! Spot these 4 brand spanking new prints fully available to buy at the booth!
Come on down! Have a chat! GIVE US MONEEEEYYYYY!!!!
Woo I’m SO excited for October! Pumpkins, Ghouls, Witches OH MY!! To get started on the spirit of Halloween I’ve made these new prints plus 2 BUTTONS!! WOWZERS!! Hoping these will sell well at the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival along with New York Comic Con following afterwards.
This is a new iteration, the list has been scrapped for the old ‘reblog and’ post.
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Oh wow hey everybody! Already back from vacation and settling into my current schedule. Summer has been pretty busy, but was quite enjoyable especially spending the last week of August in the Outer Banks at North Carolina. While it was fun, it feels good to be back and in full drawing action
Ok so onto business…
1) Conventions I’m currently slated to table at for the fall season of 2014
- NJ Hoboken Fall Music and Arts festival on September 28th.
- New York Comic Con 2014, showroom floor, October 9th - 12th
2) Pondering on opening a store to sell the extras and leftovers of my prints and other merchandise I have sold exclusively at conventions. Possibly the opening of the store would be mid October, after this year’s New York Comic Con.
So that’s about it for now, more art will come again as usual and have a nice day.
It’s been a busy summer so far but got some time on my day off to draw me some Sonic. Haven’t drawn him in ages and I gotta admit, I still got it. Not to mention, he’s pretty fun to draw since his basic construction is similar to that of Mickey Mouse. Also I see some “original characters” within this page of blo-I mean-sonics.
(LE) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) $5 / Door
Doors 7 PM. Screening 8:30 PM
DJ sets by Pensatore
First 100 guests receive 1 HR Open Bar (from 7-8 PM)
unfortunately i wont be there since i relocated to Cali, but its been so much fun the years before.
Reminding everyone that this is happening next Friday! Hope to see you there
This is tomorrow!!! Wooooooooooo
SO CAN’T WAIT FOR TOMORROW!!!
An animated excerpt from Disney’s Magic Highway, pitching their own ideas that reminded me of the current Solar Roadways indiegogo pitch which happy to hear it’s fully funded. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways
You know? This along with SO MANY of the other Disney educational and entertainment films always seem to fall into obscurity, focusing only on the animation and movies he made.
Recently McDonald’s new happy meal mascot finally comes to the American shores and naturally has everyone creeped out. Posted these sketches earlier via photos, but now…SEE THE HORROR IN HD!!!
So recently got back from seeing Captain America 2 not too long ago. Gotta say it was a fantastic follow up to both the first movie AND the Avengers. Kept me on my seat from the beginning all the way to the end PLUS the 2 extra goodies as the credits were rolling. Also the critics were wrong about how Black Widow was distracting eye candy. She had as much of an important role as with Captain America, even showing more of her past. Go see it ASAP.
But seeing how Marvel yet again made another great hit and looking forward to the upcoming X-men and Guardians of the Galaxy, my thoughts also have been set on DC and Hanna-Barbera. Ever since Disney brought Marvel into their umbrella, they’ve changed like never before. Marvel, now with the help of the Mouse, have managed to not only promote the familars being Spider-Man and the X-men but now have been tapping into the not-so-popular and even the most OBSCURE which now are being well-received by the public like never before. Even Disney is on a roll making Mickey Mouse himself relevant again thanks to the brand new Disney shorts by Paul Rudish.
Whereas DC/HB can’t managed to do the same if their names aren’t Batman, Scooby-Doo, and Tom and Jerry. Disappointed that seeing Green Lantern TAS, Mystery Inc. and Young Justice going off so soon, I just wonder why can’t they do the same. There are so man IPs in DC and Hanna-Barbera’s library that you can tap into. As much as I’m anxious for one day seeing Plastic-Man finally getting his own cartoon series, I would love to see a reboot of BirdMan, Space Ghost, The Impossibles and above all Blue Falcon and Dynomutt!
Or correct me if I’m wrong, wasn’t one of the pilots and shorts shown on DC Universe that scored the highest amounts of votes just happen to be Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld? Ya know, the fantasy adventure series that has been going on since the 80s.
I’m just tossing it out there. While Cartoon Network alone has been taking new risks with the new shows such as Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa and Clarence, why can’t DC have the same confidence with Amethyst and the other DC heroes? Maybe the failures of the Thundercats reboot just didn’t bring the interest of Fantasy adventure to the next generation or maybe DC’s recent decisions have brought quite the sting to the audience? Who knows…
As much as I love Batman, would love to see Amethyst and the others get the same love and care as the Dark Knight himself.