This was mostly meant to be a learning experience, to see how this Artist Alley thing works and perhaps do more in the future. Here's a quick survey of my observations...
-Square card reader and phone app. Pretty awesome to be able to take credit cards!
-Finding a niche... I figured out Sat. morning that my little cartoon books could be sold as an "All Ages" book since I didn't depend on sex jokes or explicit language for my jokes.
-Having a spiral bound batch of samples that people could easily flip through. Marty brought a small portfolio with some prints of Teen Ellis and his Black Flag pages. These drew people in to the table and gave us a reason to start a conversation... "These are pages from a story that appears in this book" etc. It worked well enough on Friday night that I brought a sketchbook in of my stuff on Sat. morning and it helped drive more drawing commissions. Heck, I even sold a page from the sketchbook!
-Marty! Marty was an awesome tablemate... super personable, chatty and fun to hang around. Every con table should have at least one Marty at it!
-Taking the bus into town. It's the way I commute every day and the bus made for a stress free morning and probably saved us about $50 of event parking we'd otherwise have to pay for over the weekend.
-Signage. I made little signs telling convention goers in brief terms what we were selling. I think it helped.
Things that didn't work so well:
-Anthology book. I don't think Anthologies sell well. I think people want a narrative and they want the product to be consistent in nature. I suspect that although a lot of folks could find something they like in the TAG book they probably wouldn't want to spend $15 for a few pages that they dig.
-Missed getting a lock on a table for next year. They had a sign up for it all weekend long, but I didn't find the paperwork until late yesterday. :(
- Single panel cartoons and sketchbooks. My little Nearsighted comics books sold pretty well as did Marty's sketchbook, but I think if we had comic books with stories in them they would have sold much better. If we had a web comic with a following, we could have sold a lot more.
Marty, what did I miss?