Contest time! When we came up with the idea for the Con*Quest Adventure Journal, we knew we needed very fun, original artwork. We commissioned artist James Koenig, who developed our logo, the Con*Quest Adventure Journal™ page designs and our guy. Our guy was very, very important to us and we went through so many variations and versions of him. We finally found the ONE, but we knew a key piece was still missing: A name for said GUY. That’s what we call him. Our guy. Sometimes “little dude.”
That needs to change! Look at him! He’s ADORABLE. He’s taking pictures. He’s getting autographs. He’s CAPTURING CON MEMORIES! He’s like the con-questador of con experiences!So let’s name him! Comment here, on our Facebook page, tweet us or Instagram tag us with an awesome name for our guy before midnight EST on November 9. We’ll pick our favorite and you’ll win a Get Your Con On Con*Quest Adventure Journal t-shirt in your choice of black, navy or red (see all the pictures below). Even if we decide not to use any of the names submitted, we’ll still pick a random winner. So let’s give our dude a name that’s as kick ass as he is. Remember post before your name suggestion by midnight Sunday!
We have often googled, searched, scoured and generally researched ourselves into a frenzy to find the most efficient ways to vend at cons. There is just not a lot of information sharing going on here! And it’s not that we’ve figured it all out yet either. Every single show brings us a whole new set of challenges, regardless of how prepared we are or how many times we’ve done that show. I started recording a little bit of what it is like for us when we’re setting up and working a show. With each show we do, I’ll try to get more video of how we get ready and how each con has it’s very own flavor. Hope you like our first installment of Quest of a Con Vendor!
We came up with the Con*Quest Adventure Journal™ from going to cons with our t-shirt brand, One Less Nemesis. I had a file folder in my office of all of my photo ops from the cons I had been to and plastic bags shoved in my bottom desk drawer full of business cards and stickers that I had gathered along the way. The closest thing to journaling or scarpbooking I had ever done was a Smashbook. It was perfect for my life because I just wanted something that I could easily stick stuff in, without worrying about page layouts and intense design. I could literally take the ticket from my daughter’s performance and stick it to a page in the Smashbook – so simple for me! That’s really what I want this journal to be. Simple.
The journal can be used in any way that works for you. Buy it for one big show and fill it up. Buy it for all of your shows and build it up over time, move the pages around, or add to it. There is no right or wrong way to journal your con. To give you some ideas and inspiration, I’d like to share some of our own journal pages along with pages from some of the amazing people we’ve met along the way who have shared their journal pages with us. One of the most touching experiences we’ve had is when Tammy Huff messaged us. Her son Justin is nonverbal and starting going to cons recently. He really had no way to communicate to his friends about his con fun, but with our journal, he and Tammy were able to capture all of that magic on the pages and show people the amazing con experiences he was having. Thank you especially to Tammy for sharing this with us and thank you to everyone who contributed their own journal pages!
Here we go!
We leave tomorrow for New York Comic Con and will be setting up and getting ready to meet all of our Kickstarter backers and our preorder customers plus all of the awesome new people we hope will come by booth 2770 to check out our stuff! We have a new booth display that we are SO excited about, so even though we are in the far back, you will hopefully recognize us when you get there!
KICK ASS DISPLAY
Don’t forget to come by early to get our NYCC 2014 Show Exclusive Pin!
They are $5 when you buy a journal, $7 on their own. We only have 200 of them, so they will go fast! You can pin them to the binding on your journal or tote bag to signify that all of your NYCC goodness is inside your journal.
*CHING sparkle sparkle*
The Con*Quest Adventure Journal™ is the perfect place to store all of your artwork, photo-ops and autographs.
I have signed up to get my picture with Stephen Amell aka Arrow, so I’m pretty excited to add him to my journal!
We are so excited to test new merchandise exclusively at New York Comic Con.
With our manufacturing partner, we have developed three new products that we think you will love and that will add a really special vibe to the whole show: Con*Pliment Cards™, Con*Panion Note Cards™ and Con*Panion Mini Journals! I think we are most excited about the Con*Pliment Cards, which are business sized cards with con specific compliments that you can pass out to awesome people you meet. There’s a line on the back to include your contact info, but you don’t have to do that. You can just give fellow attendees a Con*Pliment just to spread kindness and fun. We’re only bringing about 25 sets of each, so if you want to get some of our newest stuff, get to our booth 2770 early! Watch our Twitter and Facebook, I’ll reveal the new stuff online as soon as we have it in our hands.
We can’t wait to see you all at NYCC!
We are having a pre-order special for NYCC! Get $5 off a bag and journal when you pre-order through our Esty shop! You can then pick up your journal and bag at the show in our booth #2770! In the NYCC newsletter, the link leads you to our website, but the special is actually at this link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/198237362/nycc-pre-order-special-price-conquest?ref=shop_home_active_1. Our journal and bag will be $40 at the show, so be sure to pre-order at the $35 special price!
So pre-order now and make sure you have the best way to capture your con!