This past weekend’s SPX in a nutshell: I sold these books to these people. And I got the other books from other people, some old friends, some new! I didn’t cross paths with nearly as many people I sort of know from the internet as I’d hoped. I lost my voice from talking both days. It’s so rare that I get to talk comics with actual comics people in my day to day life, so I said lots of aggressively dumb obvious shit. I drank lots of things, and ate little, yet kept my dignity. One of my dumb jokes got a retweet by Heidi Macdonald. PRETTY COOL.
So yeah, it went well, especially Sunday. I didn’t keep very good track of what I sold vs. what I traded on books, but I’m pretty sure I made table fees back, which is a lot better than I did my first attempt at exhibiting in 2009 (not that I am trying make bank being an obscure cartoonist making minicomics).
I think PRINTS were the key. Make some prints and sell them along with your comics if you’re relatively unknown, and keep the prices low. It’s tough for an attendee judging 7000 books by their respective covers, but you can tell in a second if a print is appealing to you. Also we drew quarter portraits of people at the table, which at first was kind of terrifying but then became fun, and people would look at our comics while they were being drawn, and many of them bought some, so it’s some genius-level gimmick marketing (all credit to Nils Balls/Sally Bloodbath for this idea) and the hardest I’ve ever worked for a quarter since age 4.
Also, keep your comics at the very edge of the table. I had my prints at the edge closest to the aisle and people barely looked at my comics until I switched them and there was all kinds of perusing. Make it easy for readers.
I had a great time tabling with fellow Pittsburghers Nils Balls and Nate “Grixly” McDonough and our table neighbor Ellen Lindner, all three of whom will probably have Ignatz bricks this time next year with their new books (going to reblog this in a year when I’m proven RIGHT and going to be SO SMUG).
Can’t wait til SPX 2014.