In just a few days, earlye in the morning, we will be getting our booth ready for Free Comic Book Day.
As mentioned, we’re pausing to give our cover artist some time to do his thing (we’re pretty excited about it). But never fear, for we do have some nifty guest comics coming up!
Now, on to FCBD squeeing!
Here is the finalised floor plan for the event. We are at stand A12 there in the Artists Alley, as we’ve marked there.
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Free Comic Book Day 2014 sees a record number of new South African comic launches, which is pretty exciting! New titles include The Cat Lady by Shameema Dharsey, The Way of Tao and Zen by Luis Tolstana, and the second installment of Wrath by Christopher Beukes. Deon de Lange will be selling the second installment of his comic series Gofu, and will also be celebrating the recent launch of his webcomic Tomica, which is a collaborative project between De Lange and David Covas Lourenco. Kay Carmichael will be launching a full version of her comic Sophie, Giant Slayer, which started as an experimental work for FCBD2013. There will be a great deal of other new local material, as well as a lot of returning customers from previous years. There will of course also be loads of cosplaying and raffles and excellent deals on all things geeky! Hopefully we’ll be able to nab a few things, provided our sales do well, and that we can nip away from our booth at some point.
For more on FCBD, you can check out the never-tiring Mandy J Watson‘s excellent write-up here.
What will we be selling at our booth, you ask? Well…
We are selling our first ever printed editions of Chapter 3! There are only 150 copies, 20 of which will be 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.
Prints and Fridge Magnets
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. And an extremely limited supply of fridge magnets! The posters will be retailing at R50 each.
Cottonstarry Night by Danelle
Reka with Pearl Earring by Danelle
Le Chat Noah by Ben
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.
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 Snapscann 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. Fortunately, there will be ATMs on-site for people who run out of cash. Readers Den of course has their own credit card facilities. The Snapscan fees are very low and reasonable, especially towards the vendors.
We’re super excited to get our prints and comics from the printers! Then we can go about numbering and sketching in them, and sorting them into their sachets, ready to be lovingly purchased and taken home by you, our illustrious readers.
Lastly, we would like to remind you that we have a Patreon page, where you can donate money to us to help us in our journey to producing this comic! You can pledge as little or as much as you like, and every cent helps, so we’d really be grateful if you guys could help us out there. Even if you can’t donate, a share or signal boost would be great. We would like to thank our first patron, Jackson D Eddie, for his generous contribution. You are truly awesome, thank you!
You can also vote for us on Top Webcomics here. You can vote multiple times. Once a day in fact. That would also really be appreciated.
As always, thank you for reading and enjoying our comic. You guys are the best! Locals, see you at Free Comic Book Day! And if you see us looking grey and pallid and not-all-there-ish, throw some cupcakes and coffee at our heads, that usually works.
Ben & Danelle