So folks, I’ll be at Melksham Comic Con tomorrow and Sunday on table 14. After the disappointment of Geekedfest, I’m hoping for a good weekend. Fingers have been crossed, heathen gods prayed to and the car is loaded and ready to go. 😉
If you’re around and about in Wiltshire, pop over and have a look around – entry costs just £7 each day and there’s plenty to see and do. There’ll be trade and artist’s stands, cos players and panels, and I think there’s even a learn to play Magic the Gathering demo. The show runs from 10 til 5pm both days.
And with a bit of luck, I may have a short graphic novel published soon – watch this space for more info.
It was looking to be a very promising event – a new Comic Con held in Newport with some great guests and cosplayers, along with exhibitors and vendors. Stands were set up on Friday, traders eagerly awaiting the anticipated 3000 strong crowd that had been promised to turn out over the course of the weekend. Stock was up and proudly on display, last minute preparations were completed and hotels were checked into. In a nutshell, we were all set for what was meant to be an epic weekend of geekery and sales.
It was not meant to be though. Despite the popularity on Facebook and the advertising we’d all done on our own websites and business pages, the attendance was very low which made for a very frustrating and tiring weekend. The estimated 3000 punters turned out to be around 350 at most, with a lot of those numbers attending on both days. The vendors felt bad for the guests at the lack of fans, while the guests themselves felt bad for the vendors as there was precious little trade to be had. Sadly a lot of us packed up our stalls early on Sunday and came away feeling disappointed. Not only through the lack of paying customers but because some of the staff were genuinely gutted that the turnout was so poor.
It was disappointing and upsetting that the vendor liaison didn’t introduce himself to any of us, which only served to add fuel to the rapidly increasing fires of discontent that were running rife through the exhibtors’ ranks. Even I was getting frustrated and angry, with a lot of people feeling that we’d been sold up the river and lied to about the projected numbers. Having to Google search for an image of the main point of contact we’d had for five months was not what any of us had anticipated and when said point of contact didn’t even speak as he passed the stands the ire began to rise even further.
However, despite the lack of trade and disappointing crowd turnout there was still amusement to be had courtesy of the guests and the cosplayers. Having to bravely rescue a print from the Joker and avoiding being forced choked by Darth Vader were certainly highlights, as was having some witty banter with Deadpool and being one of Captain Jack Sparrow’s red headed wenches.
Here’s hoping that next year’s event is better for all concerned. 😉
I’ll pop some pictures up on the next post for your viewing pleasure.
Preparations are underway for both Geekedfest and Melksham, where I’m hoping to have lots of lovely, shiny, original goodies up for sale. Unfortunately I am one of the few poor souls who has to work over Easter so things aren’t going as quickly as originally anticipated. However I have managed to get a page of Deadpool magnets created and did a quick stencil test on none other than Agent Maria Hill from The Avengers. Click on the thumbnail image for the full size version.
￼As always, watch this space for updates and sneak peeks.