Me at SPX posing with one of Evette Makes Things creations (Ying from Steve Peter's Comic Verse.) Note that I'm wedged between Bob Corby's SPAC and Pete Friedrich's Look Mom, Comics banners.
“Hey Ken, how was the show?”
That’s almost inevitably the first question that people ask me after a comic show. Unless I somehow managed to make a ton of dough, my normal answer is something like “I had a lot of fun, hung out with some cool people.”
That’s the honest truth and status quo. I have yet to crack the code for having consistently lucrative shows, particularly in the case of shows with high table prices or in places where the travel expenses are steep. I don’t think that is unusual for most comic convention exhibitors or trade show vendors in all industries. Its just plain hard to make money in a room full of people doing the same thing you are.
Now, go breaking out your tiny violin to provide a soundtrackfor poor ol’ Ken sitting glum behind his table at the big show. I really did have fun. Knowing that all of these shows are a gamble, I applied for and received a Professional Development Grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council that paid for my table fee and travel expenses. Even treating myself to a couple of nice meals on the road, I actually broke even.
Seated directly next to me was Pete Friedrich of Look Mom, Comics. We struck up conversation quickly, shared a similar sense of humor about the slow sales we were both experiencing and had a lot of the same tastes in music in comics. In fact, Pete has worked with a lot of people I would call inspirational to what I do with Nix Comics…. People who did work in Pure Entertainment #4, a great Rock N Roll Anthology in 1983.
Pete wanted to get Pure Entertainment back into print and I was hot on the heels of having reprinted Closing Doors for Mark Rudolph. We started a conversation at SPX that eventually led to the current kickstarter I’m running…
Which I’m sure will reach goal…
Because you’re going to pledge right now...