Whew! I’m finally back in town for a couple of days before heading to NYC on Wednesday. I can’t WAIT until all of this traveling is over.
Just got back from the DesignerCon show in Pasadena. I was pretty unprepared so I didn’t do very well there. My intention was to split my booth between selling Sweet Meats and promoting my custom plush services. Not knowing the set-up or having enough time, however, I lacked the appropriate signage and display materials to make this apparent to the attendees. I could have used some kind of collapsible shelving and a banner or two, or at least a second table. As it stands, this is what my table space looked like:
Pathetic, no? How the hell was anyone supposed to know what I was there for? Well, they didn’t, and it was sort of a mess all around. People kept trying to buy the things that were not for sale and they seemed surprised that I was the designer of all of the toys on my table. Maybe for WonderCon I will make some huge buttons that say “I AM THE ARTIST. I am not the girlfriend of the artist.” and hand them out to the other artistic ladies there. I will also make a giant banner to hang behind me that says something like “Custom Plush Toys from YOUR Character!” and shows a drawing of someone’s character next to a photo of some plush toys I made of that character.
All in all it was a good learning experience and a (relatively) cheap way to prepare myself for WonderCon in April. I definitely need to get my name out there a little better and make sure I have a well-publicized “exclusive” for sale at the show. Those exclusives seemed to be the main focus at DesignerCon. Sure, some people were interested in the toy giveaways, artist signings and live painting on bikini-clad girls, but the lines really formed for the exclusive toy releases. This designer vinyl business seems to be a serious investment strategy for a lot of collectors.
Some show highlights for me included meeting Ze Frank (to whom I gave a Shapin’ Bacon), being asked to sign a customer’s deli-wrapped Hambone, and being interviewed for Electric Playground. I also sold enough to pay for the trip, so I really can’t complain. Now if I can just catch up on my sleep, I’ll be all set.