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Art tables at conventions - HELP D:

Okay guys, I'm going to have my first art table at a convention this October (London Expo's Comic Village) and I'm starting to get the 'am i doing it rite' jitters.

It's not really a convention, it's quite literally a massive Expo with dealers and lots of boring commercial stuff. However, there's a really sweet 'comic village' setup where artists like me can set up shop. There's no age limit at Expo, so you get a lot of young teenagers there, which means a lot of people with less money to burn.

Does anyone have any advice at all as to what I should be selling on the table or ...doing at all? I've got a folder of A4 prints, a few smaller (A5 and photo sized) prints, and some sexy A3 postersized prints (I love my printer.)

Aside from prints, we're going to have little doctorwhy sampler/best of comics and at least one other comic for sale there. I'm also considering making a small book of doodles and sketches to sell on the table too.

I'm planning on having badges/pins, stickers, magnets and bookmarks there as little nicknacks people can buy for cheap, as well as offering cheap sketch commissions at the table to anyone who fancies it.

Does anyone who's done this sort of thing have any advice? Anything I'm forgetting or missing out on? I'd really appreciate any advice anyone might have, from a seller's pov to a buyer's pov. I've sent art to art shows before but never had a table before, so I'm all a-fluster.

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jigglykat
Aug. 28th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'd be super careful with selling Doctorwhy stuff. Like, not do it. Handouts and samples are all good, but once money is exchanged and it's concerning stuff that really isn't YOUR property (yes, your drawings and whatnot, but it's Doctor Who source material).

I don't know, I'm so careful when it comes to stuff like that, I don't even want to take a chance. spastasmagoria and I have had to reassure our mutual pal who does have the authority to shut Torchwood Babiez down that we have never made a cent off of the comic and we never will.
reaperfox
Aug. 28th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
I was leaning towards handing them out 'for a donation' or for free, mainly, as promotion. But, see, this always confuses me so much because 95% of art I see at conventions is fanart, and not just Japanese stuff. Heck, I bought this print at Amecon just a few weeks ago, not to mention 9 TF2 prints. It's such a weird grey area at conventions, I find.
jigglykat
Aug. 28th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know a lot of people sell fanart at cons, but it's still such a questionable area. Knowing my luck, if I tried to sell something, it'd backfire and I'd get in trouble. AND I DON'T WANT THAT.

But promotional stuff sounds good!
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