Thursday, June 28, 2007

Tonight's show

Tonight (live!) on "The Comic Book Novice" radio show Belkis, Peter Palmiotti, Hassan and yours truly will be discussing the Big Apple Con. If you were there feel free to call in and share your stories! 9pm EST afterwards leave your comments here

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Results little convention season is over. 2 cons in as many weeks was very tiring. I have no idea how the dealers do it! This past Big Apple con was interesting in contrast to the Philly con. They both had good points and bad. Belkis did a pretty good job, but I didn't get to see her selling skills which is keeping me from sending her to Chicago for the next big con. Pete however is going so I'm gonna send some stuff with him.
We finally got an intern to help with the video editing! hooray! now (maybe) we can start catching up and have all the interviews online in..hmmm 2 months? We did a whole lot of them at the NY comicon.
Oh, and we got about 70+ hits since before the Philly con so the word is spreading! Maybe this will lead to people responding to my blogs! One can only hope!

10/21/08 update: Belkis always said that she could sell stuff, which makes me wonder how well her calendar sold. The intern for the video stuff didn't work out (yet another pay for play reference). Pete went by himself to the Chicago con and I think that might not have been the best idea. He left my banner and tablecloth at the con! In hindsight, I think he should have just walked around not be stuck at the table.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


This is an interview with Mike Carbanaro, the promoter of the Big Apple Comic con.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Tonight's show

Tonight (Live!) join "The Novice" Belkis, Peter Palmiotti, Hassan (via phone) and myself as we talk about the Philly con. If you were there, call in and share your stories. 9pm EST . Afterwards, leave your comments here...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

1 down 1 to go

Well, I managed to survive my first big con. Getting there was an indication of how things were to go. Seems that the hotel was on one street and the directions said to go to a different street. so that was an hour wasted.....
Once we got settled, it took me a few hours to get into a groove. Certain things that I had forgotten about cons came back to me. I had done cons before, but my last one was in '04 (I think) and then I didn't have anything to sell. I have a small window to make my pitch. Fortunately the Philly crowd is waaaay different from the New York Crowd so it was easier to get them to come to my table and give out a flier. Unfortunately, Peter and I (along with our guest at the table Brian Kong, but he had his own stuff to sell) are not "sellers" that's what the girls are for.
See just like the radio show itself, each person has a specific job to do. Since I hadn't done a con in such a long time, and every con I had attended previously always had (at least) one girl, I forgot that point. Pete's job was to network. He went around and used his name to tell others about the show (which he did). He also brought a "name" to the table. My job is to know about everything at the table and make the pitch. I should be able to answer any and all questions about the show, the stuff for sale, and the upcoming projects that are being promoted (which I did). The girls sell. Jennifer couldn't make it, Jess was actually there, but she was working at her own table, and it was too much of a short notice for Belkis to come. So there was no girl. Sales were very low. But I think I spread the word better than ever before. According to the counter on the web page, we jumped 40+ hits between Thursday and Monday. Now I have to see how much more we jump on This Thursday.
I met some cool guys, made a slew of contacts, got some guests for the show. The bad thing is that the cons (both this week's and last week's) messed up my radio show scheduling. Had I not attended the cons, this weeks show would have been the FF4 2 review, next week would be the 1408 review, then Transformers. All one week after the came out in the theaters. But with the cons, we do a con wrap up show so that puts me 2 weeks behind. So, this week we talk about Philly, next is Big Apple, then FF, Transformers, and 1408. Oh well.....

10/21/08 update: While cons should have been the highlight of my company, it turned out to be the downside of "coming back". The radio show had a pretty good dynamic (even with the cast changes), but the cons seemed to fall short. Once again (I see a recurring theme here) it's a pay for play issue. I felt that everyone was as into this as I was. While they all want to succeed, it's just not the same as my drive, my desire. For them it was something, for me it was everything. It still is.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tonight's show

Tonight (live!) join Peter Palmiotti, our newest addition "The Novice" Belkis, and yours truly as we interview comic creator Christian Montalvo ( 9pm EST. after the show post your comments here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

3 days to go

Or 2 depending on how you count it. I am really nervous. Not for all the reasons of doing a con (even a big one like this) but because everything is NOT ready. As I sit here typing this, I am still burning CD's of the new "Best of", Peter Palmiotti *should* be inking a print of a preview piece of "The Chosen Few" which still needs to be colored and then actually printed out. The Cd covers and sleeves still need to be printed and cut and pasted together, and I need to get a few convention items from storage (but if I can't find them, I can go with out that).
As for everything else I have to bring, it's all here in my office, just not "prepared" to go. So the next few days, I am going to be just doing what ever I can so that when I get my prints and CD covers and lables, That will be the only thing to worry about.

10/21/08 update: Pete dropped the ball and artwork wasn't fully ready. I spent the whole of Friday putting together CD's (and since I didn't sell any, that time could have been spent handing out fliers).

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Tonight's show

Tonight (live!) on "The Comic Book Novice" Jennifer, Hassan (by phone), Peter Palmiotti, and myself will be interviewing Mike Heronime ( Join us tonight at 9pm est.

after the show leave your posts here!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


I have been to conventions before. I've been to big ones, little ones, crappy ones...and I have even had a table at a con or two. But in 10 days, I am going to have a table at my biggest con yet! This is huge for me. Six months ago I would have never dreamed that I would be at the Philly Wizard con....yet here I am.
Here's the thing tho....with all previous cons, I figure that things will improve. Meaning that out listenership will increase, we will get s'more advertisers, the word will get out....Never happens. In the past 6 months I feel that I have done more than having a table at a con has done for me before.

So why go?

Because now I believe that I have a better product to "sell" we have comics that are coming out next year, the radio show is doing well. and we have t-shirts and hats to wear!
So If you are going to the Philly con stop by our table #2512 and say "Hi!"

10/21/08 update: I went. It was something. I took photos handed out oh-so-many fliers made some very important connections. But, I didn't sell anything. I hadn't realized it yet, but CD's were being phased out in lieu of downloads. I was always behind on the curve of technology....