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So, The Bad News

Home from FurThe'More, which was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I have a real problem, which is this:

I hardly sold anything.

I sold a few copies of the new comic, and a fair number of buttons on Saturday. But badges and sketches are how I make my money at cons, and I had two commissions, total, over the course of the whole weekend. I made back my expenses at this con, by virtue of having no travel expenses, and no hotel expenses. I paid for my table.

This is a real problem. -.-

It's not the fault of FurThe'More; sales have been drying up for the past few years now, and every other dealer I spoke to about it said their commissions were full. So obviously, people were buying art.

They just weren't buying any from me.

Obviously, I'm not happy about this. But more importantly, I need to figure out why, and correct it. People seemed interested in my work, and I received some complimentary comments about my artwork, but it never translated into sales. I haven't priced myself out of the market, at least I don't think I have. My prices have always been on the low-ish side of average, and I actually reduced them for this con on the grounds that it's a small con and I wanted to be competitive.

So... what am I doing wrong? I had a sign indicating that sketches were open... maybe I need I giant explodey "YES I TAKE COMMISSIONS" sign? I don't know.

Bleh. -.- I hope I can get it figured out before AnthroCon, seeing as how that's what, a month away?

-The Gneech


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Jun. 1st, 2015 07:58 am (UTC)
I vote for your commission sign idea too... (couldn't hurt!)... *hug*
Jun. 1st, 2015 10:50 am (UTC)
Maybe a bigger fireworks display? No, wait - these are furcons.

Booth bunnies!
Jun. 1st, 2015 02:08 pm (UTC)
A big ol' sign couldn't hurt. Also, it may be simply that you need to get your name back out there again. Certainly, those of us from a.l.f, and those who were in the fandom at the time of Suburban Jungle and Never Never certainly know you :), but the population of the fandom is ever shifting and growing and dare I say it, fickle. There was a roughly 5 year gap between SJ and SJ2, which could be a veritable eternity in the mind of the average fan. They want 'now', not 'then'. And especially the ones who came into the fandom after SJ, who might not even be aware of it, or who aren't as invested in it, and the now continuing story, because they weren't around for it when it was still happening.

maybe work on a little more promotion, perhaps do guest art strips/exchanges with other cartoonists out there so someone reading...oh, say The Whiteboard or Freefall would see your art and go hm, I like that, lemme check this guy out. Perhaps exchange advertising banners on your and other cartoonists websites? That way it's mutually beneficial?
Jun. 5th, 2015 03:03 pm (UTC)
That IS weird. o.O

My only suggestion is I will say your visibility on FA has been kinda low lately (esp considering you're only just resuming the comic.) For the attention-span-deficient, you probably should lead up to a con with more "COME SEE ME AT TABLE 13 AT (XXXUPCOMINGXXX)" notices, or possibly badge pre-order dealios? People often budget and/or blow money early, so it helps if they know they're looking for you before they go.
IIRC FA isn't your biggest fanbase, but I'm just going by other frequent congoers that I watch.
Jun. 6th, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that'd all help, I just need to figure out what I'll be able to do in the time I've got leading up to the con. But with the move (finally) out of the way and hopefully some time to just WORK for a change, I might be able to ramp up for, say, MFF in a way that I haven't been able to before now.

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