Here’s a glimpse into our first time vending at WonderCon! Every show has a different feel and ‘personality’ and WonderCon was no exception. With a smart, savy crowd, we were able to meet many con bloggers face to face for the first time.
We searched far and wide for good food, booze and customers. Probably in that order. We met some fantastic people, gave journals to Chris Hardwick and Felicia Day and did not enjoy one bit of the California sun. Ahh… the con life.
When you send your product out for review, it’s a bit nerve-racking. It’s a little bit like sending your kids off to school. You love your product and think it’s fantastic, but how will it do out there? Will the people who get it love it as much as you do?
Through a fantastic Twitter exchange, I was introduced to The Mary Sue’s Editor in Chief, Jill Pantozzi. I sent off a journal to Jill and hoped that she liked it. Yesterday the post went live and YAYAYAYYAYA! She said “The creators of Con*Quest Journal sent us one to try out, and while I haven’t been to a convention with it yet, I can highly recommend it for the avid con-goer.”
Read the full post HERE. I’m so happy and proud that one of the most respected geek culture sites has recommended our journal. It makes it even better for me that it’s a site founded on the values of smart women. As a women who was raised by a mother who owned her own small business, and as someone who has marketed toilets, cable, machine tools, and Twilight conventions, it feels awesome to see my baby fly.
It’s our first year at WonderCon and we are so frickin excited! We’ll be in booth 124 with our new Variant cover show exclusive Anaheim 2015 Con*Quest Journals!
We’re in booth 124 by Artist Alley!
Take a closer look at our variant journal! It’s a limited edition printed cover, literally sewn to corrugated cardboard and then bound with rings and canvas. It has 15 con themed pages plus 2 Ultra Pro sleeves and a business card page!
Last week we announced that we have signed a license agreement with Gen Con® to produce a Gen Con branded Con*Quest Adventure Journal™, tote bag, mini journal, and tabletop gaming pages! You can check out the press release here.
Now we’re ready to get started designing our new pages!
For the cover, we’re going to produce a new canvas binder with the Gen Con and Con*Quest logos. My plan for the inside pages is to use some of our existing artwork and incorporate new pages that really fit the needs and uses of attendees. This is where you come in! Whether you back us last year during our Kickstarter or not, we need your input. To me, the most useful pages for Gen Con are Artist Quest, Panel Quest, Cosplay Quest and City Quest, along with the boxes, squares and other coinciding pages that we have used.
The removed pages are: Autograph Quest, Vendor Quest, Peep Quest. We keep our 4 Ultra Pro sleeves, the business card holder (natch) and zipper pouch. We can add 3 to 4 new page designs, double printing them so it totals 6 to 8 new pages.
What pages would you like to see?
One KS backer last year used our general squares designed page to make demo notes.
We also saw people holding up white paper with their gamer tags on them so they could find their groups. We know character notes are important. Tell us in the comments here, on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Tumblr: what pages would you use most? How can we make this journal the very best tool for you to not only capture your Gen Con fun, but to value it as a an integral part of your experience? The new pages will be available in the full journal as well as an “expansion pack” that can be purchased separately.
Plus we’re adding our Con*Panion mini journal into the mix! This 4″ x 6-3/4″ handheld mini journal is the perfect small notepad for note taking and the pages can then be tucked into sleeves that are incorporated into your journal.
Tell us what would work for you? Lined pages, open blanks, a combination?
We’ll be collecting feedback through April 17 so think about it, talk about it and share it with us!
And thanks again to the fantastic support of the Gen Con and gaming community. We wouldn’t be where we are today without you!