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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Excited about Comic Con!

There's been so much going on over the past few weeks, we've been AFK more than we had planned to. Halloween is looming, and I've still got costumes to work on (We're going to be pirates, YAR!) Then of course there's the Christmas season that we're gearing up for, trying to build some stock up so that we're able to ship orders out more quickly. We've expanded our marketplace quite a bit, not only are we selling on Etsy now, but we've moved onto Artfire as well. This means I'm diving into books on SEO optimization and other things that were, before this point, foreign concepts to me.

And like a shining beacon on the horizon, we've got Austin Comic Con. The guest list keeps growing, and we're becoming more and more excited. I'm not sure how much time David and I will really have to get around and meet the guests, as usually working a convention means we're tied to a table from early morning to late night, but lots of great guests means that we'll have the opportunity to meet a lot of great fans, and that's exciting to me.

Adam West and Burt Ward the original TV Batman and Robin will be there, as well as Billy Dee Williams who was Lando Calrissian from the original Star Wars Trilogy, Walter Koenig who played Pavel Checkov in Star Trek - they've really done a fantastic job covering a wide array of genres. For a complete guest list (there are just tons more) check out the Austin Comic Con Website.

We're going to be doing something new at this show, and I'm a little nervous about it since we're anticipating that the show will be very large. Every show we've sold at up to this point, we've had electrical access and have been able to cut our vinyl on demand. This allows us to take on custom orders, or cut our existing decals in custom colors. This time, however, we're not going to have electricity, which means that everything that we'd like to sell we need to have on hand. It's hard to anticipate what will be the popular thing here (it seems to be different for every show we do) and color options also change in popularity depending on the show, so we're going to be doing a lot of guessing and we're building a lot of stock to carry with us. It's nerve racking, but exciting too, since this will give us the opportunity to spend less time cutting and prepping vinyl, and more time talking and visiting with con goers.

So, if you're going to be at Austin Comic Con, find us in the Artist Alley and visit with us a bit. We'd love to meet you!

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