Whoo! Boy howdy, did I have a looooooong weekend; hence why this post is coming in so late.
I spent my Saturday and Sunday at Boston Comic Con, representing the Boston Comics Roundtable (the oldest and largest collective of independent comics creators in the Boston area). I’ve been doing a fair amount of work for the BCR lately, particularly of the promotional variety. There are some very talented cartoonists and writers in this organization but not nearly enough people to sing their praises. I’m happy to be in the chorus.
BCR was an oasis of calm in the chaos of Boston Comic Con. I’d never been to one of these cons before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. It’s totally crazy. So many people! The convention completely sold out on Saturday and it was just swarmed. There’s hundreds of booths in the expo hall and hundreds and hundreds of people walking up and down the aisle, coming and going, looking around, looking everywhere, some in costume, some not, but all with a very short attention span. It was the job of myself and my cohorts to try to get a few minutes of their time, to explain who we are, what we do, and why they might want to buy some independent, local comics.
It was a crazy couple of days, but my goodness if it wasn’t fun! I’m not a marketing professional. I don’t have a degree in it or any real professional training. I had a few internships that covered marketing in book publishing and some that touched upon it in an editorial capacity (specifically social media), but nothing shiny or super official. Though I am nothing if not enthusiastic, and if I like something I want to tell people about it. That’s where much of my marketing philosophy comes from: sheer excited energy. And there was plenty of that to go around this past weekend.
I had such a lovely time hanging out with my fellow BCRers and met some really wonderful people. I also saw (and read) a lot of excellent comics. Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by the table, both in front of it and behind it. We are nothing without our supporters and members! I was really grateful for the opportunity to participate. I can’t wait to do it all over again!
Until next time.