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Convention Season 2008 Planning~
n2-Anpan OMP!!
Hey everyone!

Just a reminder that the SALE is still going on strong~ Many thanks to those who purchased stuff! Our first shipment just went out this morning. I have another package or two ready to go tomorrow! We still have a lot of stuff left - just let me know if you have any questions or inquiries about stuff! I can always take more photos or answer questions.

In the meanwhile, I've been pretty busy with maintaining our book deadline for February of 2008. I definitely have my work cut out for me - Less than 2.5 months to finish 7 chapters... 12 strips each. =_=;; I just have to buckle down and work hard. I average about 3 strips with finished pencils a day... colors are another story... but I'm still working on my techniques and methods to speed things up.

Well, this brings me to the subject matter at hand - Convention Season 2008 planning.

Aside from Kawaii Kon 2008, which is a given - KS and I are considering our options to attend a couple mainland conventions next year to promote our business. (I also posted this to the nemu*nemu blog.) We have limited resources and funds - flying from Hawaii is extremely time consuming and expensive, so where ever we plan for, we need to hit the right audiences.

High on our lists are:
  • Alternative Press Expo (Nov '08)
  • Fanime (May '08)

We know there's tons all over the US and Canada - any suggestions, advice, thoughts?

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I went to APE last year. You can get in for free if you have your commiecon 07 badge, but I don't know if that's for full badges only or includes single day badges also. But if you're going in as a dealer, ignore the above. XD

APE is a low-key con. It's held in a smallish venue a bit out of the way for SF. I'd say the attendance is medium light, but that's only based on that first time I went. They do get big name guests who kick up attendance though, like Art Spiegelman last year. Your offerings definitely fit in with the atmosphere of the place. Lots of indie publishers, folks who have xeroxed and stapled zines, and random craft sellers here and there. No tights no capes.

Ah~ I'm not sure if our one-day pass would qualify us for attendance at APE, but we'd probably try for a space in the dealer's room.

From what I hear, APE has the right kind of atmosphere we're looking for - especially since we're trying to promote something kid-friendly. In general, we've heard a lot of positive things about the venue and it's also a big plus that it's in November - gives us time to replenish our stock from Kawaii Kon.. and whatever other fairs we'd attend here. ^_^

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