Open Book Comics Fest & new update schedule

Hello all!

Open Book Comics Fest was great! While not the most lucrative event, we really enjoyed the vibe and vendors. The crowd was also interesting and friendly. We saw a bunch of new faces and there was some amazing work on show. The turnout was quite good and we look forward to being involved again next year!


Our little booth all set up!


As you guys have no doubt noticed, we’re lagging behind on pages again. Ben has some hectic deadlines at the moment, both for his day job as well as freelance work, and my hand is still in a lot of pain from the injection. The surgeon said to give it another week, and if things don’t improve, we need to do some neural testing in to see exactly where the problem lies, and the next step would be surgery. Things are a little crazy work wise, and if we’re going to save up for hand surgery and pay our bills, we can’t say no to freelance work, especially for our long-standing return clients.

Thus, until further notice, our update schedule is just “when we can.” We will of course still push hard to put up a page once a week, but Ben’s workload is just too intense at the moment.  With my hand having caved in, we need to be extra careful not to let the same happen to his, or we are royally screwed for income.

We appreciate your patience and continued support, and apologise that we can’t work any faster for you guys.



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Anthroculture, Comics Fest, hand repair, etc

Hey there!

Phew, we have had a busy few weeks since the last blog post.

We know we promised you guys a blog post on EGE. Truthfully though, the event was such a disappointment this year compared to 2015 that we didn’t really know what to say about it. The traffic flow to our booth was really bad, and we ran at a loss. We were positioned right by some trash cans and the most exciting part of our day was watching people sort their recycling correctly (though most of them got it wrong). The crowd was kind of half-hearted too. All the other vendors we spoke to also reported that their sales were way down from last year, even the ones with good traffic flow. None of us could understand why this happened, because the event was twice as big this year, with even more people through the doors than last year, and it was after payday. With the jump in booth prices, we’re not sure if we’ll be doing it again next year. We might instead just focus our energies and finances on FanCon 2017, and make it a really great one!

The next event we will be attending is Open Book Comics Fest! We are much more involved with the fest this year than we were last year. We have been helping out with marketing and such, doing some art for ads as well as doing a really fun window mural for The Book Lounge, which organises Open Book Fest. We worked with Deon de Lange for our design, and Luis Tolosana and Mak1one did the window adjacent to ours. Mandy Watson from Brainwavez teamed up with Doane Smuts and documented the whole thing. The result was a really cool timelapse and some interviews on our process. You can view the article, videos and photos here! And yes, Ben was holding my butt to help me remain steady while standing on a narrow ledge, working with my arm above my head. Open Book Comics Fest will take place on the 10th and 11th of September at the District Six Homecoming Centre, adjacent to the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. You can check out the programme for the rest of the fest here.

The finished product!

The finished product!

We also did a fun podcast interview with Wogan May (aka Tetsudra) from Anthroculture, a brand new furry community for South Africans. It was great to chat with him about our comic and he did a great job of editing the interview and made us sound cool people. You can check out the podcast here, and if you are a local fur, you can sign up for the Anthroculture forums here!

Lastly, after 8(!!) years of struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome, I’ve finally gotten a proper diagnosis to confirm it, and a very gross/painful cortisone injection into my carpal tunnel to try and fix it.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is what happens when the large nerve running through your carpal tunnel (called the median nerve, which runs through your wrist/carpal bones and controls your thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of your ring finger) becomes entrapped due to pressure within the carpal tunnel. This is usually due to inflammation from a repetitive strain injury, which in my case was caused/aggrevated by writing, drawing and using a PC mouse. This pressure causes weakness, numbness and pain in my fingers and wrist, and essentially ruined the extra fine motor control that used to be my pride and joy while drawing. It’s essentially ground my career to a halt because I can’t stick to deadlines and can’t promise consistent work because I have no idea if my hand will let me do those things. I have also been unable to work on Cottonstar as much as I needed to. I’ve tried physiotherapy, improving my working posture, getting an orthopaedic chair, exercises, and rest. I thought I’d give it an extra long rest over our wedding and honeymoon, and see what happens, but even after almost two months of doing minimal drawing, even just drawing for half an hour made it hurt and go numb again. I was so fed up that I decided to get over myself and just go see an orthopaedic surgeon. He confirmed that what I have is definitely carpal tunnel, explained the condition to me in more detail, and outlined the treatment plan.

This was the first of (potentially) three injections. Each one takes about a week to start working properly and the slow-release cortisone lasts for six weeks. If the problem persists after the first injection, we try twice more, and if that fails, surgery will be on the cards. I am hopeful that the injection will work. This is day two after the first injection. I could hardly move my hand yesterday. Today it’s much better, though any wrong moves, pressure or sudden position changes remind me loud and clear that my hand had been messed with! In any case. I hope to take part in Inktober this year without my hand completely caving in. Keep your fingers crossed (because I can’t right now, ha-ha)!

This turned out to be quite a long blog post. Thanks for reading it all! Here’s to you >–| (that’s a martini glass, lying on its side, because I’m not sure how to do an upright one)




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Back from honeymoon!


It us!

Hey guys!

Yes, it is us, your favourite newlywed comic creators. We have arrived back from honeymoon! If you want to see a whole bunch of photos from it, the best place for that would be my instagram account. I also added a few bits and bobs of info regarding some of the places we visited and the stuff we saw.



Including this!

We had such a great wedding, you guys. It was just magical. Everyone always tells you that stuff will go wrong, and that you mustn’t let it get to you – well, I think ours was as close to perfect as dammit is to a swearword. There were things I was massively worried about going wrong – none of them did. In fact, considering all the stuff that could have gone terribly wrong, I feel like we pulled off a miracle! It was fantastic. We felt loved and happy, ate tasty food, took awesome photos, danced like maniacs, and had a lot of fun. We made sure that Sandstorm was on the playlist. Sure, the Neil Cicierega weirded out a few people on the dance floor. But it was so worth it. A whole glass of red wine did end up on my dress during the Trololo song… but that was at the end of the evening, after all the photos were done. It is currently at the dry cleaners, and they are doing their best to get the red wine out of the silk. Luckily my bridesmaids and various friends were on me like a flash and were soda-water-ing and white-wine-ing all the spots, which really helped. To see our photographer’s blog post about the day, go here! Recommended, seeing as the ones we post here will be smaller, and lower resolution than hers! We are so thrilled with the preview and can’t wait to see the rest.



Bridal squad!


We just love this photo.


I forgot half of my speech


Booyah! (We both really struggled to get our left ring fingers into that position!)

We’ll get back to updating soon, but first we have to wade through the enormous amount of admin that has filled up our inboxes since the beginning of the month (actually, to be honest, it’s been piling up since late June). There’s quite a lot we need to do. EGE is at the end of this month, too, and we need to kick into high gear to prepare for that! Here’s our post on last year’s event, in case you missed it. Since we had such a great response last year, we figured it would be a shame to miss out this year, wedding madness or no. If you want to help us recover financially, you can buy some art off my Etsy store, or tip me on stream via Paypal!

See you lovely folks soon.

Much love <3

Danelle & Ben


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The good, the bad and the wedly

Hello everyone!

This blog post is to chat about the things we didn’t manage to cover in our FanCon post, namely life things.

Life thing number one: Mawwiage!


Yes, those are our feet! Photo by the amazing Grethe Rosseaux /

Yes, those are our feet. Photo by the amazing Grethe Rosseaux /


(Ten points if you just started reciting the wedding speech from Princess Bride!)

We actually put quite a bit of our wedding planning on the back burner to focus on making a success of FanCon, and to see the comic through to its print deadline. We’re glad we did, because it worked out wonderfully! However, that means that it is now Cottonstar’s turn to take a break. We’ve got some freelance things in the pipeline which we need to get done ASAP, because it will be funding a good chunk of the wedding. We also need to make sure to get enough downtime in, because we are both quite burnt out. We really want to enjoy the last few weeks of planning our wedding, and not be sick and grumpy and stressed out the whole time. So, to avoid this, we will be taking a three-ish month hiatus from Cottonstar, starting today. Updates will resume in August.

We want to put up some filler content if we can. We are planning a new wallpaper and some other goodies for our Patreon supporters, which means the older stuff will get released to the public. Yay! 🙂 If we do put extra stuff up, it will likely be from now until the end of June, but not after that, because we will be taking a few weeks off for our honeymoon. And then, shortly after we get back from that, it’s time for EGE 2016! We’re still finding out what the booth prices are for artists, and if it’s do-able, we’ll do it.

Next, as promised, we have new stock available online! Mugs and print copies (sketched and regular) of Chapter 5 are now available on Indiecomics. They’re still running the ACEO special: Spend R200 or more and you will receive a free ACEO card by a South African artist! I did one card and Ben did two cards. Go git ’em!

And lastly… we’re in talks with our printers regarding Volume 1 of Cottonstar. It would be 140-150 pages long and will contain some nifty extras like art, process work… we’re still deciding exactly what the extras will be, but there will definitely be bonus content. We’re trying to figure out what our options are, and if we could realistically pay for a print run that large. We’d love to print in time for Open Book Comics Fest in September, but that might be a bit too ambitious. We’ll see. We’re hesitant about crowdfunding, as we’re not sure we have a big enough following to make a success of it at this stage in our career. What do you guys think? We’d appreciate any suggestions!

That about covers what needed covering. As always, thank you to everyone for reading, commenting, and sharing our comic with your friends.

And extra special thank you to our wonderful Patreon supporters! You have no idea how much your contributions help us.

Stay safe and healthy.

See you guys soon!


Danelle & Ben

PS: Yes, we will post some photos of the wedding!

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FanCon 2016 afterglow

Hey everyone!

We’ve been scrambling to catch up with admin and freelance work while fighting off con crud, so this post is a bit overdue.

But here we are!

The TL;DR version: FanCon 2016 was really, really good, and we plan on attending future ones! We’re also very proud of Readers Den and the local comics community.



Behold! Our little booth… with the last ever appearance of the Wedding Fund jar! It had a good run.


The longer version:

The inaugural FanCon was really good. The organisers mentioned beforehand that they were expecting around 3000 people, but just over 4000 people ended up attending. Although these numbers might not seem that impressive when compared to overseas cons – trust me when I say that this is a healthy amount for South Africa. This is the first successful official comic con we’ve ever had as far as I am aware. Other well-attended nerdy events here are mainly generalised geek cons, focusing mostly on video games, electronics, audiovisual entertainment and other multimedia related things. FanCon is 100% focused on comics and although there is a gaming and media element, it is by far outweighed by comics culture.

What we really loved was the strong focus on local IP and self published works. Local creators have long been encouraged by Readers Den to sell their own art and publications, and the market response to this has been great. In turn, we are seeing a rise in the quality as well as the quantity of local IP/publication. It’s very validating to have someone invest their money in your work. Any content creator will be able to tell you as much. It’s one thing to have tons of people tell you they like your work, and another thing entirely to have the same amount of people do the talking with their wallets! It’s a great feeling.

We saw a lot of new faces at the show, and there was a healthy amount of new stuff being launched. We were able to get the new issues of Sector and grabbed the first instalment in Milo Wildcat and Rowan Govender‘s new Kowa Kawaii series. We didn’t manage to buy a whole lot of stuff as we were trying to save money, and our booth was swamped with people most of the time, which was great, except when we needed to pee or eat! There was so much stuff we wanted. Fortunately/unfortunately a lot of it sold out before we even got to it, which is great for the vendors, and we are very proud of/happy for them! 😀 We also got a FanCon mug because there’s no way we were going to NOT get some inaugural FanCon merch. We couldn’t afford to buy a shirt each so we decided to get a mug and take turns using it. (Spoiler: I take a lot more turns than Ben because it stays here at home when he goes to work. hue hue hue)


Heyyy buddy! Let's Earl Grey it up in here!

Heyyy buddy! Let’s Earl Grey it up in here!


The cosplay was also amazing – we saw a whole lot of insanely good cosplays by both newbies and veterans alike. We saw a Dipper and Mabel, who were so perfect because they were twins in real life too! We also saw a few Undertale cosplays, a really great Bravestar, a tiny adorable Rey who was really into her character… the list goes on! We tried to get pics but honestly there was so little time to just walk around and document. Plus I was trying to save my phone battery for our wireless card reader. We’ve got links to loads of photo albums at the end of this post. Go check those out.


How awesome is this?!

How awesome is this kiddo?!


Mabel and Dipper cosplayed actual twins! One of the highlights of the day!

Mabel and Dipper cosplayed actual twins! One of the highlights of the day!


We also heard that the international guests had a positive experience with their panels, signings, etc. and will be vouching for the show should others ask them about it. This is excellent news as guest speakers and interesting panels are such an integral part of what makes cons work. We have our own wishlist of who we’d love to have over but since Readers Den funds all guests out of their own pocket, we’ll be patient and hope for the best. It was also really lovely to finally meet Jason Masters in person! We’ve been chatting on twitter for a long time and he is just a great human. You can follow him on Twitter here and on tumblr here.  I felt like a dingus though because I said hi to him not knowing it was him. Only later on did I click that the familiar looking bearded guy I greeted earlier at the door was actually Jason. Fail.


Sneaky shot of Sean Izaakse and Jason Masters being interviewed... which earned me a glare from the crew. Sorry crew!

I snuck a shot of Sean Izaakse and Jason Masters being interviewed… which earned me a glare from the crew. Sorry crew!


Of course, the con was not without hiccups. The huge attendance was a pleasant surprise with a few unpleasant side effects. We were very fortunate with weather, it was sunny but cool and pleasant on the first day, because otherwise I doubt people would have waited out the 45mins-2hr INSANE MOFO OF A QUEUE that had formed… seriously, it stretched for about a block! I think even Readers Den were surprised at the turnout. There was some confusion in the queue too – people who already had tickets were queueing along with people who wanted to buy tickets at the door. This resulted in said insane mofo queue, and at one point I think they ran out of arm bands and then the queue was told they ran out of tickets, and a whole bunch of people just ended up leaving. The problem was resolved later and the next day, however, as they set up marshals to deal with the ticket confusion and queues. I chatted with one of the organisers, and he mentioned that they will definitely be better prepared for the huge influx of people next time. After all is said and done, we were all extremely pleased that there were so many people. It’s a sign of a healthy local industry, and a community excited about where things are headed. Most of all, they prove it by financially supporting the event and vendors.



Seriously. This queue was nuts. I took these shots panning left from the entrance. The queue extended around that building, and turned a corner and continued along the street.


Our profit margin wasn’t huge, but it was decent, and the fact that we had one at all was great. Our expenses for this con were quite high as we had to print Chapter 5, order mugs, do poster prints, as well as purchase a wireless card reader to take card payments. We were really nervous about that purchase, because it was a lot of money to put into something which we weren’t sure would pay for itself. We ended up just pinching our eyes shut and going through with it. And we are so glad that we did! The card reader was responsible for about a third of all our takings. We wrote a little info thing about the reader at the bottom of this post. You can check it out down below.



Thank you, you beautiful little gadget!


We really needed this show to work in our favour because we have a lot (and I mean A LOT) of deposits due this month for the wedding. We essentially put a big chunk of our wedding deposit money into FanCon, because of our faith in Readers Den and our experiences with their extreme competency in the past. It was like 80% faith and 20% blind hope that the crowd would not disappoint. And both delivered! We are so grateful to everyone involved. Really we are. You are all wonderful.

We do have a bunch of stock left, including lots of Chapter 5, posters, and a very limited number of mugs. You will be able to purchase these from Indiecomics soon. We are delivering stock to them tomorrow so it should become available within the next few days. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter account for announcements.

And now, links!

Photo albums: Official Readers Den/FanCon albums can be found on their Facebook page.

Videos: Grant Hinds did two videos; and we quite liked this one from Flip Side Vlog.

And More: Zombiegamer did quite a thorough job of rounding up all the articles, videos and  photos of FanCon. You can check all that out here. You just have to scroll down a little bit until you get to the FanCon section.

That’s all from us about FanCon 2016. We have some more stuff to talk about, but we’ll make a separate blog post for that as this one is already super long!

Once again, a huge thank you to all involved! FanCon was awesome, and so are you.


Danelle & Ben

CARD READER INFO: To fellow vendors: It’s called a Yoco and we cannot recommend it enough. It’s a once-off purchase, no rental fees. The app is straightforward and quick and easy to use. The rates are good at only 3.5% per transaction or R3.50 for transactions under R100 (This makes it not ideal for smaller amounts, so we might refuse to swipe for purchases under R50 from now on). You only need a phone with Android, or an iPhone (we use the Android version), bluetooth and wireless internet access. We used 3G because there was no WiFi at the venue. If you want to get one, you can use our referral link! It will get us a discount on transaction fees. To check Yoco out, click here! The only thing we were unprepared for is that if you leave the bluetooth on your phone on, it drains your battery like crazy. We ended up having to borrow The Modern Dragon‘s mobile power bank on Saturday. They were lifesavers. Thank you Lynton and Lizelle!)

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FanCon 2016 is a go!

Hey guys!

As you may have seen on our social media, we will be at FanCon 2016 this weekend! The hype is real and we are amped.

FanCon evolved from the popular Free Comic Book Day event, hosted in Cape Town by Readers Den. Readers Den are good people. They’ve been working tirelessly for years to grow the South African comic culture, and to grow the market for South African comics. They’ve put in an enormous amount of resources and hours to make this event happen and we are so proud to be part of what is essentially South Africa’s first proper comic con. Good job guys! We’re behind you all the way.

FanCon 2016 will be held at The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront. It will run from Saturday the 7th to Sunday the 8th. Doors open to the public at 10am on both days, and close at 7pm on Saturday, and 6pm on Sunday.

Here are the price deets:

Day pass – R100  per day

Weekend 2 day pass – R160

Children 12 years and under FREE with an accompanying paying adult.

Tickets are available through Computicket.

Weekend tickets will only be available through Computicket until Friday 6 May. Thereafter one day tickets will be available at the door each day.

More detailed ticket info is available on the official FanCon website.

We will be at stand A25 (click the thumbnail for full size version, click here to see the map and full listings on the FanCon website):

FanCon 2016 Floorplan

What you can expect from us:

We still have limited stock of Chapters 1-4 of Cottonstar. Grab those early on because we get the feeling we’re going to run out. No reprints of those will be made again unless we get a bulk order of 100+. We want to focus our finances on putting together a big run of Volume 1 of Cottonstar, which will be a collection of Chapters 1-5, plus some extra content! More on that at a later stage.

Next, Chapter 5 is complete and will be available for purchase! You still have two more pages to go before you get to see the end, but if you come to FanCon this weekend, you can see the epilogue plus new cover a week early! Plus you get a physical comic to hold in your very hands, wowee! 😀

Did someone say mugs? We got mugs! Here they are:



We have very limited stock of these for FanCon, but if they do run out, we will take orders for another run. We will also stock them online at Indiecomics once FanCon is over!

We will also have the usual selection of posters, sketch edition comics, buttons, stickers, magnets and more. We also have special discounts on bundles and sets of items.

Lastly, some awesome news: We now have card facilities! We’ve invested in a Yoco wireless card reader, and can now accept paymenst via Visa and Mastercard. We also still have Snapscan if you prefer using that. Bring cash in any case though, because many of the other stands don’t have card facilities.

The hashtag people will be using to post pics and things is #FanCon2016. Give that a follow if you are keen on seeing live tweets and instagram pics!

That’s about it for now! See you guys there! 😀


Danelle & Ben

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Life update!

Hey everyone!

We hope you’re doing well. The year is really flying by. For us this is in no small part because we are planning our wedding… Everything suddenly seems terrifyingly close, with terrifyingly large amounts yet to be arranged… not to mention paid. *sweats* >_>’

BUT enough about that (for now).

We have a couple of things to touch on. Firstly, the Animation Festival artists alley was really small and not very well attended, so we did not really make a lot of money. I was sick for most of it as well so Ben had to run the booth alone (sorry Ben!). As a result we didn’t really end up taking photos, sorry. 🙁 Regardless, it was the first of its kind for Animation Fest, and we’re looking forward to seeing it grow and will likely remain involved in future events. We have high hopes for its future development.

Secondly, we know we’ve been skipping updates again. This is due to several things, including but not limited to Ben’s wisdom tooth surgery. He’s going in for another round later this month to do the other side, but that will hopefully be the last of it and he can go back to eating whatever he likes soon. We also had some freelance things to attend to, and I have been adjusting to new medication, and the doctor found a lump in my breast for which I had to get ultrasound (I went for that on Monday and am very relieved to report that it is nothing serious!). So my headspace at the moment has been oscillating between “no,” “ugh” and “make it stop.” I’m sure things will normalise soon but at the moment things are a little bumpy. People have mostly been very understanding at least, so thank you for that! It really is appreciated!

Thirdly, I am featured in Marie Claire SA this month! The feature is called “The New Guard” and is all about women shaking up the status quo in their respective fields. They reached out to me because of my involvement in Cottonstar and the South African indie comics scene. I still can’t quite believe that they included me along with such prominent SA women. I’m really honoured and extremely flattered. Thank you to Sarah Koopman for involving me in this! Sadly the magazine is not available for purchase overseas, but I did scan the pages and put them up on my facebook art page. You can check it out here.


Aww, baby’s first magazine feature! ^3^

Fourthly… FANCON. Guys, we are so excited. Things are coming together. There is now an official facebook event page and tickets are available via Computicket. Also remember that you can follow them on twitter! We RT things from them on our own twitter too. If you’re not following us yet, why not?? We aim to have Chapter 5 done before FanCon so that we can sell it there. This will mean some knuckling down and late nights, but we are looking forward to seeing it in print! We also have the next cover artist lined up and we are SO EXCITED. We can’t wait to show you. But that will only happen after FanCon… unless you are AT FanCon, then you can get a sneak peek. >:)

Lastly, Ben has written quite a nifty blog post for Indie Comics SA about the process that goes into creating our comic. You can check that out here!

That’s about it from us for now. Until next time!


Ben & Danelle

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Cape Town International Animation Festival

Hey everyone! Short notice, but time has seriously crept up on us with this one. We will be at the Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) starting tomorrow! It runs from Friday to Sunday and we will be there selling mostly prints and other merch, as we are saving our comic stock for Fancon (We can’t afford to reprint, unfortunately).

You can go to the site ( ) for more info, or join the Facebook event!

The Artist Alley is free to attend, unlike the ticketed events for the rest of the weekend (though those are worth checking out, too). There will be food and drinks available to buy, and it will run from 15h-20h on Friday, 09h-19h on Saturday, and 09h-16:30 on Sunday.

Here is the floor plan (click to enlarge):


Ben will have four new prints on sale, but we won’t have a lot of comics as we are saving them for Fancon.

Of course, this means a skipped page. Sorry all!

We’ll report back after the event with some photos and a roundup.


Ben & Danelle

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December update schedule

Hi all!

This is just a note to tell you that we are taking a break from the comic until the 8th of January.

Unfortunately Ben’s dayjob contract was cut short by three months, so we are scrambling to earn money. Any freelancer can tell you that December is a really difficult month for work – no one is hiring, and projects are all being wrapped up for the year. Other than that we have a lot of family commitments and admin to sort out, and after UCON we are rather burnt out. My carpal tunnel is still causing trouble, so I can’t take any commissions. Ben has been working really hard to keep us afloat. He is finishing up a freelance project and then we need to focus on other things for a while.

We still have plenty of Inktober pieces for sale, which you can see here and here. If you want to support the comic, you can contribute via Patreon here. Or if you just want to leave us a tip, we have a tip jar here! You can also buy our comics from Indiecomics.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has been donating and buying art from us. You are all amazing and we couldn’t keep doing what we do without your help.

See you guys next year!

Much love

Ben & Danelle


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UCON 2015: done and dusted!

UCON 2015 has come and gone! Here are our impressions trading at the show for the first time:

The event was held in December this year, at the start of our long, hot summer. The hall was sweltering! According to the weather forecast, outside temperatures ranged into the 30s ºC, with all of us inside a hall with very little ventilation, no aircon, and tons of skylights. The result was akin to sitting inside a hothouse. A few of our fellow traders foresaw this, and requested plug points to plug in their electric fans. We really wish we’d done that, because the heat was unbearable! There was a stand selling fans, and I am pretty sure they sold out on the first day.


Milo Wildcat

Our friend Milo was smart enough to bring her own fan!

Heat aside, we were very pleased with how our new display and pricing turned out. It looked great! Could do with some more streamlining though, but that can be refined over time. We were lucky to have a good spot on the end of one of the rows, which allowed us to make full use of our second table. We could prop up our new display grid there to get some height. We were very happy with the results.


Display at UCON

Our rollup banner and display grid looked really nice together!


Display at UCON

We made new price tags attached to tiny clothespins. It worked really well!


Display at UCON

Our rotating original art stand was eye catching and practical.


Display at UCON

Our sticker stand is a rotating jewellery display, and the perspex container is from a shopfitting place.


Sales wise, unfortunately we didn’t make any money. We barely broke even on printing, but considering what we spent on new display things, we actually ran at a loss. However, the display stuff was a good business investment for us, so hopefully we’ll make that back at the next show.

We think the heat drove a lot of customers away. When you’re baking in your own skin, the last thing you want to do is stand in a crowd and deliberate over purchases. You want to get out as soon as you can, and sadly we saw a lot of that happening. The heat also sapped our energy and made it difficult to be upbeat when customers came by. It was also a quiet time of year, with most international students already gone home, and others on vacation. The organisers seem to agree with us, and have mentioned their intentions to move UCON to a more suitable time of year.

But, all that aside, UCON was a good learning experience. We got to test out new display items and layouts, and tested the market on some new products. Our best selling items by far were the posters. There are still plenty left, by the way! We will be taking orders online now. They’re not listed on Indiecomics, but you can message us to order. They are $10 excluding shipping. No promises to deliver on time for Christmas though, the postal system is already overstuffed by this time of year.

Despite the heat, there were some really good cosplays! We felt extremely sorry for the ones in full suits and/or covered in paint, but they are champs for sticking it out. Hopefully none of them got heatstroke.

Ok, enough talk, here are some more photos!


Valentina Phillips

Valentina Phillips aka Veelocity Art had some amazing work on dispaly. We own one of her Geralt of Rivia prints!


Valentina Phillips

Valentina also had the most beautiful originals at a complete steal. We would have bought them all if we could.



We just loved these cute reindeer cards by Lorraine Alvarez Posen.


So cute

Lorraine also had these adorable chameleon magnets which ended up being our sole purchase from UCON!


Fridge chaos

Here they are, living on our chaotic fridge!


Missy Mad Hatter

Our lovely neighbour from EGE, Juley, was also at UCON!


Faun Cosplay

This faun cosplay was impressive but looked a bit difficult to walk in!


Oh hai Ben!

A high angle shot of our stand!


That’s it from us about UCON 2015!

Have a great December, all.


Ben & Danelle

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