Well, this past weekend was the ninth annual Cape Comic-con in Cape Girardeau, MO. It was the first comic convention that I’ve ever attended, on EITHER side of the table. I truly enjoyed the experience.
I got to meet Andy Borders of 7X70 Studios, the man behind the artwork for the cover of the upcomeing GATEWAY TO THERA: Book Three of the Adventure Chronicles. I met Brian Rhodes, creator of the hilarious Mike and the Ninja comic strip. I also met Nathan Bonner, the incredibly friendly creator of Indavo and Shamus Stone. Helock Comics, spear-headed by the talented Jamie Hickson, was there. Becky Brown-Clements, a baker, was there with the most amazing cupcakes I’ve ever had. Costumers for Christ was there, passing out free Christian comics and materials.
I had a blast. My daughter won a deck of My Little Pony cards from the collectible card game. My stepson got a deck of Pokemon cards from that game. I saw an old friend, Rik DeSoto, who I hadn’t seen in nearly two decades. I sold some books and made some new friends. You can see pictures of the event on my Facebook Author’s Page.
But the first year of my attendance is a learning experience. Some things that I’ll do different in the future:
HAVE A BETTER BANNER
My banner was pretty cheap this year. I designed in in Publisher and printed it off at Office Max, putting in on two pieces of poster board for added strength. It lasted the whole time and even survived taking down the display. But I want to look more professional next year.
BRING MORE PENS
I bought an Inkjoy pen and took it with me and it broke halfway through Saturday! These are supposed to be good pens! I actually had to borrow a pen from some of the people who bought books to sign. Ugh . . . how humiliating!
SOME BIBLES TO GIVE AWAY
After seeing the amazing Costumers for Christ using the event for evangelism, I want to get on board next year.
For the people who stopped at my table but didn’t purchase, there wasn’t anything tangible for them to take with them. I had no mention anywhere that the books are available in ebook format. More opportunities lost.
This is relatively inexpensive and I felt stupid making change for people out of my wallet.
COPIES OF LILY’S REDEMPTION
I decided to not take any copies of my treatise on pornography and forgiveness, since I assumed that the book would be out of place at a comic convention. BIG MISTAKE!!! When I discussed my testimony with people, they were open to the book. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any copies to sell to them. Later this year, I’m planning a re-release of it with the same cover that TW Johnson designed for the ebooks. I’ll try to have a few copies on hand next year.
MORE TO SELL THAN JUST BOOKS
Brian Rhodes sold ninja masks that his wife had made from his booth. Only a dollar each, it was an interesting item that tied in with his book. I don’t want to repeat what he did, so I’ll try to come up with something different.
PICS OF MY CHARACTERS
Everyone else had physical depictions of their characters. By next year, I hope to have some commisions done of Dave Isaac, Buster Goodman, Yoshi Funakoshi and George Tanner to go along with the depictions that I already have, from Joel Underwood, of Jamie Raleigh and Shawna Weston. Also, I’m working on a new character for a series of superhero stories, one of which I submitted to the next “Metahumans vs.” anthology. More on this character later . . ..
COPIES OF GATEWAY TO THERA AND QUEST FOR YOSHI
I had truly wanted to have BOOK THREE finished by the convention, but it was not to be. I expect to have BOOK FOUR finished by the end of the year (hopefully much sooner).
Well, that’s it for now. If you have a comic convention in your area, I highly recommend that you visit. It was great fun.