Book Con turned out to be a surprising success! Being mostly independent cartoonists and writers, we weren't sure what to expect, but in the end we were all glad to have taken a risk on a different, new convention with a higher booth fee. I wasn't sure if anyone would even want sketches, but I was sketching the entire time and even had to finish up some at home and mail them later! A lot of people wanted themselves drawn as Harry Potter. Happy to say there was a good comics crowd there too!
I'm glad we were all able to coordinate to split the 10ft x 10ft booth space! This was my first time in a big booth area, and with 5 people exhibiting, it didn't make sense to just have the table across the front and squish everyone in, wasting all the space in back. I devised a plan to have a "U" shape that customers could walk into, with all our tables lining the walls (luckily there was nobody next to us, so I didn't have to stand while drawing! Joseph eventually moved his table from the back of the U to that space.) And the arch Alitha and I built from both of our frame sets made for the most awesome walk-way! Although it took forever to build... since it was 10 feet across we had to find creative ways to stabilize the structure.
Here's Alitha's side that was behind that big awesome banner of hers. Hmm I like my new banner, but in the future I'd like to get a huge one like hers.... she's got like a zillion of them! Ok like 5, but still that's a lot!
At first I wondered if we'd have trouble getting people to walk into the U space, but as you can see that wasn't a problem :)