Last year, when we launched our Kickstarter campaign to fund a larger production run of our new con journals, it was slow going. In fact, my mother even said to me “Honey, I don’t think you’re going to make it.” Gee, thanks Mother. But sometimes it truly is darkest before the dawn.
We had scheduled some marketing efforts with Gen Con® that we were just going to use to drive traffic to the booth (sometimes we’re slow like that.) It finally hit us. Use those marketing efforts to promote our Kickstarter. It worked! Our pledges began to increase and slowly but surely the Gen Con community became our largest group of supporters! What a wonderful feeling!
When backers picked up their journals at the show, we realized that while they loved and used them, we could make them better. We should make journals with places to keep track of their schedules, the demos they played, who they played with. We started asking Gen Con if we could make this a licensed journal, to make it especially for this awesome group of people who supported us. It took some time, but it all came together!
We originally planned to do something very similar to our first generation journals. And after going through a round of design and development, we realized we wanted to create something completely different.
GAMING IS COMING
That’s when we started working with artist and designer Tracey Gurney, a fangirl and gamer. GAMER. And we also added new options in construction.
Now we are so proud and excited to introduce our officially licensed Gen Con® Gamer’s Journals, pages and accessories! We have created custom journals to organize and capture every moment of the The Best Four Days in Gaming™.
The English Bridle Leather Gamer’s Journal is handmade in the US and embossed on the front cover with both the Gen Con logo and our logo. There is a tab closure and inside is a pocket and a Sharpie™ holder. Each journal comes with 24 new themed pages , four Ultra Pro sleeves, a business card page, and a zipper pouch. We are having these made to order, so you must PRE-ORDER BY JUNE 30 to get one. You can pick it up in our booth #2643 at the show! We also have a bundle with the bag and our Warrior Pack which is journal, bag and 4 x 6 mini journal.
Leather Gamer’s Journal. Bad ass.
The hardback Gen Con Gamer’s Journal also includes 24 themed pages, four Ultra Pro sleeves, 2 business card pages with pre-order only, a zipper pouch, and a strap to hold it all together. It’s beautiful and will keep all of your Gen Con memories safe in the most kick ass binder around. Pre-order here for pick up in our booth and get that free extra business card page. We have the bag bundle (you save $5 on the bag) and our Hero Pack which is journal, bag and 4 x 6 mini journal.
What are those 24 themed pages all about? They are created with original photography and inspired by the games and stuff you do at Gen Con. There are exhibit hall and convention center maps, Plan of Attack pages to keep track of your schedule, game play pages for demos, creators pages for autographs and sketches, coplay pages and even pages for where you ate, what you played and who you partied with. The 12 two-sided pages are oversized and printed on 60 lb. uncoated acid free stock. We call this our Expansion Pack, because this year we are selling extra sets of the pages too.
Pages to capture the Best Four Days in Gaming
You may have your backpack all ready to go, but you will definitely want to add this awesome cross-body long handled bag in the mix! Perfect for toting your journal, your phone, dice, cards, pencils, your mini-journal and anything else you want to grab quickly on the go.
The bag features the Gen Con® logo, Gaming is Coming and the Con*Quest Journals logo silk screened on the front, two inside pockets, dark blue stitching and an extra long handle.
Now with POCKETS INSIDE
2 pockets for phones, dice, cards
The Gen Con 4 x 6 mini journal is a great companion to the Gamer’s Journal! The concealed spiral bound notebook contains 50 unlined Gen Con logo pages that are micro perforated. The pages can be neatly removed and placed in 4 x6 sleeves inside your journal. Or you can keep them in your notebook as it’s own small journal of the show!
If you made it all the way to the end of this post, that’s very impressive! Thank you! I just want to say that our first Gen Con, when we exhibited as One Less Nemesis 3 years ago, was a magical show. It was our most successful event at the time. And then when the Gen Con community rallied around us last year, it was just amazing. Gen Con will forever hold a very special place in our hearts and we are so excited to share these beautiful things with you. We wanted to create journals that everyone at Gen Con can use, keep and cherish for years to come. Gaming is coming. Let’s get ready!
Inspired by Supernatural, THIS is where your hunt begins!
Last night, we took a few new photos of the inside of my Hunter’s Journal. Inspired by Supernatural, the journal has pages to stick all of your con momentos from Comic-Con, a Supernatural Convention or any show you go to. Take a look at my pages for some ideas on how to create your own pages. Honestly, it takes me only minutes to do this. We specifically designed these books so you can just grab some double sided tape and a Sharpie to quickly stick your stuff right on the pages! It’s like a smashbook for your con stuff 🙂 Get yours now for SDCC HERE.
Love the silver Sharpie on the inside cover
Your plan of attack! Keep track of your schedule
Stick anything you want, write notes on the pages
Have artists sign or draw in your journal
Stickers, artwork, business cards, ticket stubs can all be stuck in your journal, instead of staying in your backpack
Write down the best quotes when you’re in a panel
Protect those precious photo-ops!
You now have a place to show off those unbelievable moments
We are so excited to announce two new fandom inspired journals designed by artist Tracey Gurney! Tracey is a designer, fangirl and artist who has created inspired and beautiful new journals and themed pages for our new Hunter’s Journal and Companion’s Journal. Both journals are now available for preorder to pick up in our booth #15066 at Phoenix Comicon or they can be shipped after the show beginning June 2!
Con*Quest Journals™ Introduces Fandom Inspired Journals Fangirl artist Tracey Gurney designs Companion and Hunter’s Journals
Indianapolis, IN, May 14, 2015 – Con*Quest Journals™ is proud to announce a new line of fandom based journals designed by fangirl artist Tracey Gurney of TAG Graphics. The first two new releases, the Hunter’s Journal and the Companion’s Journal, will be available for the first time at Phoenix Comicon May 28 to 31 in the Con*Quest Journals booth 15066.
Con*Quest Journals commissioned Tracey to create new interior pages as well as special custom binder covers. The Hunter’s and Companion’s journals, made especially for the capturing attendees’ experiences at cons, are based on two of their shared favorite fandoms and bring a new edge to the Con*Quest Journals product line.
“We wanted to create something special and unique that resonated with our favorite fandoms,” says Shelley Harper, partner at Con*Quest. “We knew that Tracey was just the artist to help us do that because she shares the same love for these shows and brings such an authentic depth to the designs.”
The new journals will each have 20 designed pages to capture quotes, autographs, photos and artwork. They will also contain two protective sleeves and a business card page and be housed in custom created binders. Individual extra pages, sleeves and pockets will be available in the Con*Quest Journal booth at each show. Their convention schedule can be found here: https://conquestjournal.com/where-is-it/.
“I am excited to work on something new and I think the con journals are a great idea,” says Tracey. “I created the designs as a fan, for the fans, and I wanted these journals to make a personal connection with them.”
“Who knew that our chance meeting of Tracey at a Horrorhound convention in 2012 would turn into the launch of our most inspired journals yet?” says Shelley.
About Tracey Gurney Tracey is from Columbus, Ohio and is a full time graphic designing fangirl. She creates everything from company logos to tee shirt designs based on favorite shows and movies. Tracey even makes candles and jewelry. For more information, please visit traceygurney.com, esty.com/shop/TraceyGurney and she’s on Twitter @traceygurney.
About Con*Quest Journals After years of going to cons, Ted and Shelley had bags, boxes and folders of stuff with nowhere to put it and no way to show off their haul. They created Con*Quest Journals as the place to stick, stuff and journal comic, fan and gaming convention experiences. For more information please visit conquestjournal.com, on Twitter @Quest_Journals or call Shelley Harper at 317-294-1567.
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.