Tomorrow is WinC Con, or Women in Comics Con. It will be my first time selling in New York City. Exciting! I spent last night dragging out my merch and display pieces and deciding how I want to arrange things.
The advantage of attending a con so close to home is that you save on hotel and transportation. The downside is you are relying on public transportation and hauling everything by hand. I decided I didn't want to carry more than a suitcase and a backpack onto the subway, and needed to take weight into account. What good is a loaded up suitcase if you can't even lift it?
So I was sitting on the floor with the items arranged around me. It doesn't seem like much, yet somehow it all adds up. I love these wooden display racks. At SPX last year, I saw a lot of artists had them. They're handy because the pieces assemble like a jigsaw puzzle, and when taken apart lay flat. I'm glad I put these together for a test run, because even though assembly is easy, it did take me a few minutes to remember how to do it!
When deciding on a table layout, I find it helps making a rough sketch that you can take with for reference.
By far the bulkiest item is my Doctor Who pillows. They're lightweight, but the extra bulk means I can't take too many with me in the suitcase. Plus their display uses those heavy wire squares. I love these pillows but I'm looking forward to when I can focus only on selling paper goods like books and art prints. The rest of the year, the pillows are available on my Etsy shop.
Speaking of printed books, for the first time my art is in a comic anthology! Lilies is a collection of short, sweet, yuri love stories (that's LGBT, specifically lesbian, stories). I have a little 4-pager in there. I created this comic back in August 2016 and the collection was printed in February. WinC Con will be the first time I'm selling it. It's debut! I did a review of the book, namely its physical properties and my take on Lulu's print job, on my Tumblr.
WinC Con is tomorrow, March 25, 2017 in the Bronx Library Center in NYC. If you're in the area, stop by!