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If you have been following our Facebook page and/or our Twitter feed, you may have heard us talking about Open Book Festival and Open Book Comics Fest. This is an annual celebration of all things literature-related. We are pleased to return for the third consecutive year as literature creators, and are excited to meet and chat with people, sell things, and chat to other writers and artists.
Last year was a great success, and we hope to see an even bigger crowd this year.
The Open Book Festival itself runs from the 17th to the 21st of September, with Open Book Comics Fest running over the 20th and the 21st of September. Comics Fest will be held at the District 6 Homecoming Centre at 16A Buitenkant Street. Here is a map if you need directions.
The art and comics market will be open from 09:00-21:00 on the Saturday and from 09:00-18:00 on the Sunday, with talks and book signings interspersed throughout both days.
There will be some really cool authors participating in this year’s OBF, including André P. Brink, Toast Coetzer, and of course celebrated international guest, Raymond E. Feist.
Be sure not to miss Daniël Hugo and Moray Rhoda’s talk on Saturday about their experiences at San Diego Comic Con 2014. For a full schedule of the Open Book Festival events, please go here.
So, what will we be selling this year, and for how much, you ask?? Well, let me tell you!
Yoinked from the FCBD Masterpost:
We are selling our first ever printed editions of Chapter 3! There will be regular copies, as well as sketched editions. There will also be stock of Chapter 1 and 2, in case you missed out on buying those last time. Chapters 1 & 2 will retail at R50 each, and Chapter 3 at R60. Sketched editions of Chapters 1 & 2 will be R100 while sketched Chapter 3 books will be R120. Stocks are really limited for the sketched editions, so we recommend you get there early if you want any.
We also have three fine new poster prints for you guys to purchase! You may have seen them in the gallery. We’ll be selling the odds and ends we had left over from other events, too. The posters will be retailing at R50 each.
Cottonstarry Night by Danelle
Reka with Pearl Earring by Danelle
Le Chat Noah by Ben
There is another poster print in the works, which will be based off Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa.” Ben is doing this one. They will also be A3 sized and will retail at R50 each.
We will also be taking orders for canvas prints of the above posters, at a price of R450 each. If you order multiple canvases, we can work out a package deal for you.
There will also be prints of the Chapter 4 cover, with artwork by Deon de Lange, for R80. They come bagged and boarded, and there are only ten of them, so hurry if you want one!
Battle for the Cottonstar by Deon de Lange
We will have a special, brand new bookmark available for purchase for all you bookworms out there. If you’re like me and have a bunch of half-read books lying around your home at any given time, you’ll know that one can never have enough bookmarks. We might reveal the design beforehand, but it might be fun to leave it a surprise for the day. ;D The bookmarks will be retailing for R5 each.
We also MIGHT have some Button badges! Hopefully the printers can finish them in time. The badges will retail for R10 each.
Also, let us tell you once more about…
To our friends with smartphones: We’ve mentioned before that we now accept payment via Snapscan. This nifty little app allows you to make instant credit card payments using only your phone! How it works:
1. You download the app.
2. You input your credit card info (a once-off process).
3. You scan the vendor’s QR code (ours will be on display on the table at our booth)
4. Input the amount owed.
5. Hit “pay.”
And there you go! Easy as pie! If you are already good at baking pies, anyway. Pie can be tricky. But Snapscan is not tricky, it is in fact very easy, easier than learning how to bake a pie. We’re hoping that Snapscan will be a viable alternative to renting an expensive and cumbersome electronic card machine, and for people who don’t like working with cash. The Snapscan fees are very low and reasonable, especially towards the vendors.
We see a lot of vendors advertising the service on their blogs and Facebook pages this year, so it’s certainly grown in popularity as a means of payment. Hopefully that means that customers will be more aware of it and that it’ll take off properly.
As you can tell, we’re really scrambling to get everything done. We’re sure it’ll all work out though. Thank you for your continued patience and your support, as always.
Ben & Danelle