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Convention Season 2008 Planning~
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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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Fanime would probably be a good show for you guys.

APE is a very creative show, but for sales it's not as strong. It would be good from a PR standpoint, but if you really needed to make money you might be disappointed. I like to exhibit at APE just because it's inspiring to see what everyone else has been up to. Also, I just like smaller shows these days :P

You should actually consider WonderCon. It's been growing over the past few years at its new SF location. It has some of the excitement of SDCC, but it's still small enough where you won't be lost in the crowd.

Thanks so much for the advice!

I think KS is very interested in APE for the type of audience and to get a feel for what other folks are doing who are pretty much in the same boat. It's also nice that they've set APE for November next year - which is long after the convention season rush and we'd actually have time to restock our inventory/create new merchandise.

I've been eyeing Fanime as a potential con for about a year now - primarily for it's size (not as big as AX or SDCC so we'd get lost in the crowd) and reputation. We're a little worried about cost of travel and possibly running out of merchandise before the 4 days are up though. I'm also not sure just how much we'll need to make and ship/pack with us - as being a dealer is so much different than being an attendee in the artist alley. ^_^;

Depending how this year goes, I think Wondercon in 2009 is a good possibility. At this moment, we won't have enough merchandise to make a decent showing (and book 2 won't be done in time either. ^^;;) but it does look very promising!

Much thanks again! :D

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