Sunday, December 07, 2008

In-Store Signing Report

The signing yesterday was not a monumental success, but some fun was had and a few books were sold. The weather was probably one cause of the lack of turnout as the roads, I hear, were pretty bad.

I unfortunately didn't make it as I got very ill with what I think is a touch of the flu Friday night into early Saturday morning. Scott sadly made the trek all the way to my house, which took him twice as long as it normally would have because of the weather and a couple of unfortunate accidents along the way. Thanks, Scott, for the Christmas present (Incredible Hulk DVD! I haven't seen it yet!), and for making the trip and going on with the signing.

There also were no pictures sadly for two reason: One, Scott's camera is on the fritz, and two, there was no one to take the pictures! But Scott did send along a report of how things went.

After the trip to my house put him behind schedule, a quick call to Comic Book World set the signing for an hour later than advertised. Scott got there at 2pm and was met by Chuck Moore of Comic Related (thanks for coming out, Chuck! sorry I missed you) who helped Scott in with some things.

They talked a bit, then Chuck took off to help his wife with their Christmas tree. Paul (owner of CBW) and his wife helped set up the table, then the signing was underway.

Only four books were sold to customers, each receiving a signed copy (I signed a few copies here for Scott to take with him, so I assume he then signed those for the customers that bought them), and then CBW bought a few more copies for the store, which was great to hear. One book went to the wife of a guy named Carl, one went to a mom of three who also struck up a conversation asking questions about comic creation. One went to a man named Kevin, and one went to a woman named Stephanie who uncannily looked a lot like an old friend of Scott's from college also named Stephanie.

Scott also did a sketch card of Hellboy for a young man named Brandon, and he passed out Wannabez and Hackoween cards to them and other people in the store.

Scott also had Christmas Cards on sale featuring Dober-Man and Streak that we used I believe last year as a MySpace greeting, which you can see here. I plan on sending these out to my friends and family here - it's such a great, fun piece! I think he was selling them for $3 a pack if anyone's interested.

The folks of Comic Book World were kind enough to invite us back in March or April, which is really cool. By then we'll have another issue and another convention under our belt, and probably a lot of other cool stuff to sell and sign.

The Ringtail Cafe crew (Darren and Krista Mueller (I hope I spelled that right) and Jackie Hernandez) stopped by and chatted with Scott for a long while also. I hated missing them as I really enjoyed my time with them last time I was in Florence for the podcast with Comic Related. Stay tuned for some callaborations between them and us in the near future as I'm sure there will be many. And if anyone is interested in contributing some work to a Mad Magazine type publication let us know and we'll pass the word along to Ringtail, et al.

So it was a fun time for Scott and those that stopped by, and Paul and the rest of CBW are very supportive of the book, us and our efforts, so that's really cool. And though Scott made a completely unneccessary trip to my house, I got a DVD out of it. :) I'll have to get Scott and Shannon something nice now.

Next time I will definitely be there whether I'm sick or not. I just could not ride in a car for three hours in that weather with no sleep and the way I was feeling. I regret that, but it is what it is. I'm grateful for Scott going through with it alone, and for everyone that came out to see us intentionally or by happenstance. Your support means the world to us, and we hope we made some new fans!



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