Inside my second Road So Far Hunter’s Journal

We started our first Road So Far Hunter’s Journal at Phoenix Comic Con when we debuted our new fandom inspired journals. You can see my video walk-through here. We filled it up and I was so lucky to get my final autographs to complete it at the Creation Entertainment Supernatural Jacksonville convention. LOOKEY! *gasp*

I babbled like an idiot to Jared and barely spoke to Jensen. #fail

I babbled like an idiot to Jared and barely spoke to Jensen. #fail

I started our second Hunter’s Journal in Pasadena and filled it up in Jacksonville. Each journal I do is a little different and I made sure to fill a page with signatures from the Jaxcon peeps! This is something I want to do at every show.

Below are shots of all of my new pages. I love them so much! Some people say “This must have taken you a long time!” The answer is honestly no. I will take my journal into one or two panels, jot down my favorite things they say while I’m sitting there, take a few photos and then it’s ready to go! That was our goal with these journals, to just jot your stuff down, stick you convention photos, ticket stubs and stuff on the pages and bam – you’ve got this great book that only took a few minutes to put together!

My journal and our new Carry On bag

My journal and our new Carry On bag

I want to add more to the inside front cover. I love using Silver Sharpie!

I want to add more to the inside front cover. I love using Silver Sharpie!

I added our Jimmy John's menu and phone number to our schedule page!

I added our Jimmy John’s menu and phone number to our schedule page!

My Crowley spread! You can move the pages and sleeves around to make different spreads

My Crowley spread! You can move the pages and sleeves around to make different spreads

Our JaxCon signature page! <3

Our JaxCon signature page! <3

Our SPN Family pages start with family and friends <3

Our SPN Family pages start with family and friends <3

Don't let anyone tell you the photographers aren't rock stars in their own rite.

Don’t let anyone tell you the photographers aren’t rock stars in their own rite.

One of my favorite parts of our journals are the Panel Notes pages. It's so fun to write down and remember funny quotes!

One of my favorite parts of our journals are the Panel Notes pages. It’s so fun to write down and remember funny quotes!

My daughter took this great shot of Ruth Connell at ChiCon so I printed it before this show and taped it to the page

My daughter took this great shot of Ruth Connell at ChiCon so I printed it before this show and taped it to the page

I add pictures from different conventions. The top one was taken at PasCon and the other two were from JaxCon.

I add pictures from different conventions. The top one was taken at PasCon and the other two were from JaxCon.

I have room to add more, I need to take some costume contest pictures!

I have room to add more, I need to take some costume contest pictures!

I dedicated my last page to the incredible Saturday Night Special concert!

I dedicated my last page to the incredible Saturday Night Special concert!

I added my photo-op with Osric along with some of Creation's 8 x 10 stills.

I added my photo-op with Osric along with some of Creation’s 8 x 10 stills.

I also use one of our zipper pouches to collect the stuff I want to stick on the pages later.

I also use one of our zipper pouches to collect the stuff I want to stick on the pages later.

These are just my ideas, you can do anything you want with your own pages! Move them around, stick stuff anywhere, that’s what these are made for!

If you want to have one of the most intimate, memorable and amazing experiences with the cast of Supernatural and the SPN Family, you’ve got to go to Creation Entertainment Supernatural Convention. They are such special events!

If you have questions or ideas, comment below, I’d love to hear them!

Shelley

Indy PopCon – HERE WE COME! New Reviews and Dallas Re-cap

We have been doing a whirlwind of shows over the last few weeks and it’s been crazy! We have our BIG, FAT LAUNCH in my hometown at Indy PopCon, we’ve gotten some awesome reviews and finally I’ll give you a down and dirty Dallas Comic Con recap.

Indy PopCon Hometown Launch!

Indy PopCon, which is being held May 30 to June 1 at the Indiana Convention Center, is going to be an amazing convention organized by the coolest group of local guys. We have the pleasure of working with them to promote our journals. Indy is my hometown and for all of these reasons, we are making this event our BIG RELEASE! We’ll be right up front in booth 912 and will also be handing out fliers with the most awesome promotion to go along with our launch! Come out and see us!

You can pre-order your journal NOW for pick up in our booth! $40 for journal and bag, ORDER HERE!

Reviews!

Next up, we’ve had two new and amazing reviews coming in! Geek Girl with Curves Amy Ratcliffe posted a wonderful review of the journal on her blog, which can be found here. And from my hometown peeps, Awkward Geeks posted a great review here. We were SO PROUD when we read these reviews. Even now I get goosebumps. What we are doing feels so right, I can’t wait for

everyone to catch up with us and GET IT. (remember, we’re kinda impatient.) This is why I know we’ll be successful. Because it feels so right.

 

 

Dallas

This is a show that used to be a lot smaller. And at a different convention center. FanExpo bought this con last year and moved it to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center. We went into this event knowing that it might be a little rough for many reasons. First, a new owner is always going to have some logistics they are not unfamiliar with. And new location adds even more potential pitfalls. Finally, we were unable to get any response from the show management regarding marketing opportunities for the journal. At all. We have found that our biggest challenge is getting the word out to people about the journal and what it is. When people get it, THEY GET IT AND LOVE IT. A cosplayer and media darling, Dallas Fan Girl, did make a wonderful review video and hold a contest, so at least we had that for promotion.

So we charged forward. Only to wait in line for TWO AND A HALF HOURS.

The meaning of vendor hell right here.

Yes. Those of you who know Ted and I understand that we are not patient people. Frankly, that’s how we get so much done. But we actually handled this pretty well. Ted got out and took pictures of the hundred + cars behind us in line. At one point, the men handing out the pink papers that indicated we could drive up to the dock to unload just drove off. And said nothing about coming back or what the hell we were supposed to do next. I was tweeting and emailing like crazy. I can only assume the other vendors don’t know how to use Twitter or are much more delicate than I. When things are done badly, I feel compelled to let the organizers know. Why do I do this? Because I have worked with the BEST before in convention management and I have seen how well it can be done.

Rant over. Set up went smoothly after that but we were concerned that there were no banners or numbers indicating the aisles. Our plan was to hand out fliers with our booth number and a special promotion. But it they couldn’t find the booth or even the aisle, how would they find us?

Before the show opened, my brothers-in-law and an awesome friend of theirs handed out hundreds of fliers. This can be pretty hard work because people can be very cold when you’re out there trying to sell something. But for those people who stopped, listened and bought a journal, we thank you! Generally speaking, the 3 day pass and VIP people were simply awesome to us.

So the show went and there was a big crowd there. It was ok, but not great, which is pretty much what we expected given that there were no marketing opportunities for us there. I did some great shots at the show:

Finally got to see Samantha! <3
Artist Amanda Tolleson
Artist Logan Pack
BABY (Supernatural)
Walking Dead Panel! Merle and The Governor
Our fabulous and branded booth
Panel notes, mostly from Stan lee
Hover Craft!          
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