Lovefool 07.28.14 | Statement of Fact

Fresh from a signing, Lovefool offers up some advice on how to make the most of a chance to shill your comics in person.

 

 

I didn’t really consider my bashfulness about the whole comics creator thing when I sat down to write this column. I am a creator of comics, my words get turned into art and awesomeness. I have helped staff a table at a con. My milkshake (and comic) brought some people to a release party once. And Saturday, I worked a table at Barnes & Noble for their Get Pop-Cultured event series as an official representative of Ink & Drink Comics. It was kind of an unusual set up as we weren’t at an actual comics event, just hanging out at a bookstore, and it was early in the day, when all the teenagers are still asleep.
 
But I have helpful advice for you, sweet nerdlings, should you decide that you want to follow in my apparent footsteps. I have footsteps, y’all. Who knew?
 
1.      Bring your workbook. Bring something, anything, to do because if you don’t have anything to do, you’ll end up poking at everyone you’re with for hours and hours and they will get super annoyed with you. Also, it’s good time to work because you have feedback on site. But mostly the part about not irritating the daylights out of the people you’re with. I made JG,FE look at my vacation photos, like, two hours into it.
2.      Bring a snack. Snacks are great because otherwise you’ll just end up all quivery on the caffeine that you’ll end up drinking because why not? It seems like a great idea to get all hopped up on coffee but it’s not. Trust me.
3.      Practice. Practice something beforehand so you’re not empty-handed. I probably could’ve sketched a bit in the weeks leading up to it instead of offering flash fiction and people would have been super into it. Being a writer at an art party is kind of hard, unless you’re my friend, Professor Higgins, who writes pretty great haiku. I’m terrible at haiku but I kind of scrambled and didn’t come up with anything awesome.
4.      Have a pitch. I really wasn’t great at my pitch because I hadn’t practiced and I had no elevator pitch. Instead, I was just like “Hey, buy this book because it’s in full-color and it’s super great and I have a wonderful story in it.” You know, like you do. The genre anthologies kind of sell themselves but…I could’ve been a little smoother.
5.      Own the lifestyle. You’re going to have people practically break their necks avoiding eye contact. You’re going to do something creative that you’re not quite happy with. You’re going to go out drinking with your peers afterwards. Everyone is going to either actually sell more than you or it’s just going to feel like it. You might have weird feelings about it when it’s said and done.
 
And that’s okay. Because, after all that, the awkward not-eye contact, the drinks you maybe wish you hadn’t drank, the actual or perceived lack of success – you will have gone through a rite of passage. I felt shy about it before but I’m ready to own it today.
 
I am a comics writer. I, Erin Jameson, make comic books. | Erin Jameson
 

 

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