Archive for April, 2014

C2E2 2014: Selling Books Like a Big Boy

Another year, and another C2E2 in the books. It’s probably the biggest show I’ve gone to regularly (having attended it since its first show) and after a couple of years of being there in a press capacity with Panels on Pages, this year I was back selling stuff at the Super-Fly Comics booth. In addition to putting on my comic retailer’s hat once again and having to call my old business partner Tony Barry “boss” (and we ended up dubbing him Super-Fly Tyrion Lannister since he’s had such a great character arc this past decade or so I’ve known him) I was also finally able to have a forum where I could sell the comp copies of the horror anthology MONSTROLOGY that my first published comic story is in.

I went in with pretty high hopes but an undercurrent of worry. Having moved recently my money game was not exactly “on point” (as the kids say) and since I was staying at the hotel with the crew to be close to work I knew I was going to have a fair amount of expenses. If the books didn’t sell…well, there’d be some questions that needed to be asked. Like, “can I pay rent with comics?” or “How healthy is it to eat a graphic novel?” and “Is a hardcover more nutritious than a paperback?” Alright, things weren’t that bad but it still weighed heavily on my mind. I didn’t have an artist alley table, just a spot in a booth in with the other comic shops and the knowledge that I also had to work to sell Super-Fly’s products too.

Thankfully, everything went very well. Of the twenty copies I had I sold 18 of them, some to friends but more to strangers. It was kind of wild to put a thing that I helped make into someone else’s hands and have them go “Yes, I want to use my money for this good as opposed to other goods and/or services.” There was even a little kid, maybe ten or so at the most, who bought a copy with his Dad on Sunday, saying that he loved everything monsters and wanted to make that the thing he got that day. That was kind of a great feeling although hopefully they don’t read it, become horrified and then sue me. What am I talking about, I’ve never sold anything to any kid ever.

Given convention economics (hooray for nearly $4 bottles of Dasani water!) I ended up pretty much breaking even with everything but the experience of selling and talking to people completely obliterated the “Oh man if I sell them all I’ll make X amount of monies and make it rain all over McCormick place!” It’s been a long time coming but I can say “Hey, I’ve hand sold something I made” and I know that it’s not going to be the last time. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m thankfully for everyone who picked the book up. I did sell copies to a couple of stores, like Super-Fly Comics & Games (naturally) and First Aid Comics here in Chicago’s Hyde Park. It’s a small start and I know tons of other comic people do it all the time but I’m still basking in its “new to me” feeling.

Other than that I didn’t get to see a whole bunch more of the show. I went to two panels about making comics, one about pitching to editors and another about how to use Kickstarter to fund your comic and both had a lot of good information that also got me feeling like thing things are very attainable. I even tracked down a couple of panelists (which sounds super creepy) and talked to them in Artist’s Alley further about stuff and they were very encouraging.

All told this was a great year for me. In all the chaos of apartment hunting and moving that was late March until…now, I guess, there’s been so much going on that even though I’ve been able to keep up with writing I haven’t had much of a chance to do something with it or talk about it much. My girlfriend and I are still unpacking boxes and getting acclimated to new schedules but as things calm down taking all of this stuff to the next level is in the forefront of my mind. C2E2 has always had a special place in my heart, but now it’s that much better.

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04 2014

Moving, Super-Fly Podcasts & C2E2

What with the apartment hunting and my work schedule being odd I’ve been kind of off my game a bit lately when it comes to the internets. So here’s info on the last two episodes of the Super-Fly Podcast…

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The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 53

This week, Tony and Jared are running the show. They talk up Hellboy Day, Tony making a fireman tap out, tourist time starting up in town and whether or not Ewoks were cool or not. Maybe it’s a drunkcast, Maybe it’s the Super-Fly Podcast.

The Super-Fly Podcast: It’s hard out here for a comic retailer.

Closing music: Phon.o – Moonwalk

The Super-Fly Podcast Episode 54

This week is the monthly Previews Preview show, where we talk about the good, bad and weird in this month’s Diamond Preview catalog. On top of all that, we talk how to make death a real meaningful thing in comics again, Tony fights the good fight against enemies real and imagined, Travis doesn’t know how to buy alcohol and almost kills Tad and Tony with revelations. Everybody stay away from my ass, it’s the Super-Fly Podcast.

The Super-Fly Podcast: That Ganondorf statue looks like Kanye.

Closing music: Aphex Twin – Ptolemy

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In other non-podcast news the apartment hunt is finally over and Gwyn and I will be moving on the 19th to Rogers Park. So I’m probably not going to be on the show that week. BUT the following weekend is C2E2 and we’ve got some big plans for that weekend! Are you going to C2E2? You’ll be able to find me and the Super-Fly crew at the Super-Fly booth and if you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to be a part of Super-Fly Podcast history. Details soon! 

But yeah, things are still crazy, still hectic but all in the best ways. Apartment hunting is the worst kind of way to basically put your entire life on trial. The amount of hoop jumping you have to go through when your credit is shitty is kind of amazing. You’d think after being broke for as long as I’ve been and having such shit credit for as long as I have that I’d get used to it, but you’d be surprised. Anyway, I’m excited to get this move done and get things back on track. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on right now and I feel like I’m not giving any of them my close attention. The first draft of the next Winston & Churchill story (Injuries of the Past) is done and clocks in at 19,531 words, which is a lot. It’ll need some extensive trimming but I’m generally pleased with it. I’ve got some other writing and pitch stuff to try to work out before the move goes into high gear, so I’ll need to conjure all of my reserves of will power and focus for that.

We’ll see how that goes…

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04 2014