So, I’m back and I’ve got something cool for you so stay tuned.

Yesterday was the East Bay Comic Con. A one day convention in Concord.

I’ve attended a some conventions in the past 4 years.

Big Wow, Anime Fest, and Comic Con to name a few.

Yesterday, however, was my first time behind the table at a Comic Book convention. If you’re wondering, my #1 ambition is to be a writer(Accomplished!) and second is to do a TED Talks.

The convention was…interesting to say the least!

Before we get too deep, I just want to know, โ€œWhy do you attend conventions?โ€

Are you looking for something specific? Is this just a cool โ€œpopโ€ thing to check out? Is it the camaraderie? All are valid.
Also, while we’re on the topic: Why would someone try to sell hundreds of toys to an audience that has very little interest in those wares?

Let’s be real.

Even the Big Two(Marvel & DC) barely manage to sell… 15,000-20,000 copies of any single issue. Comic memorabilia and items of the like are very Niche. Not a lot of potential for profit. Maybe I’m wrong. Let me know.

Anyways, earlier that morning…

Probably preaching to the choir but success starts with showing up.

Sunday morning, February 12th โ€“ In the Bay Area, mind you.

I have my mission: make it to San Francisco to meet a buddy, Joseph Thompson(Fracture Comics; Hellfire, ARK). Make it on TIME. I reach Oakland 12th(train station?) and come to find out the metro doesn’t start until 8AM(time we agreed to meet, no bueno ๐Ÿ˜ญ). Only on Sundays.

Who does this? … I’ll wait.

Anyway, in an effort to make it beyond I remembered:

1) Never panic.

As always, think of alternatives. Luckily there was a busย that I didn’t need to search hard for. But still, it kinda irked me.

Always persist.

Probably preaching to the choir but success starts with showing up.

Finally reaching the convention to set up, I realized most convention vendors have lots of licensed merchandise.

Even the art dealers.

Why does this matter? Well, a quick conversation about license and merchandising will tell you this is a losing game in the long run.
If you don’t sell your own product someone from a larger company will send you a cease & desist letter and 80% of convention operation will have to change to CREATOR OWNED CONTENT or standard vendor/re/seller method DIES.

And believe me, DC, Marvel, among other heavy-weight brands WILL crack down. in fact, they’ve already begun.

2) Be open to new ideas & experiences.

And getting experience was my mission.
Sometimes, you’re probably wanting to say no to things that don’t fit in with your through-line but almost alwaysโ€”that’s 90% of the timeโ€”doing that thing will lead to MORE.
You can, truly, never know what you’re missing out on.

Information. Relationships. Fun, perhaps?

Anyway, making it on time and showing up resulted in new friendships and lots of useful tactics for my beginning run as a writer in the visual entertainment sphere(Picto-Fics. Funnies. Comics?ย ). Who will eventually have to brave the Convention life style alone.

I’m hopeless, I know. ๐Ÿค•

3) Be perceptive.

Always observe.

Use all five senses. The exchange of new information comes from the use of all five senses.

I’ve mentioned a few times a through-line or “theme” a lot now.

@mitografia_kr Thanks. #eastbaycomiccon

A photo posted by Adrean Klein (@sygnsmedia) on

Opening your senses to a person, place, or thing makes you more primed to remember important details. Their name, where and how you met. A big benefit for a second meeting and perhaps securing your next deal.

Besides eventual people fatigue(Is this a thing now?), I enjoyed the con. The attendeesโ€”young and old, men, women and childrenโ€”smiling faces, all in one space, was well worth it beyond anything else.

Being accepted among peers and using their God gifted senses to experience the convention. Comics is truly an awesome community.

Hope you learned something.

I sure did.ย ๐Ÿ˜‹

About Adrean Klein

Hi, I'm Adrean. I'm a writer of some words and picto-fics(comics...). I love science fiction, and most of all I love helping others.

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