Great Community, Poor Sales.
When I signed up for Staple, I believed the idea behind this con was so cool. Just a show for indie comic creators and artists to showcase and come together, no extra pop culture bells and whistles included, so the only thing that was showcased was art. Chris Nicholas, (aka Uncle Staple) made so much of an effort to bring people together, including hosting a preview night for all the artists to meet and converse.
January 26, 2020, 8:02 am
However, at the end of the show, I was a little disappointed at how poor my sales were.
The event itself was hosted at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, a small bowling alley and roller rink on the east side of Austin. This I think was one factor that could have contributed to the poor attendance. While this show is getting off its feet, I feel the location was rather odd. The complex was out of the way, and maybe familiar to locals from the area, but if you are coming in from out of town it could be a little tricky to find.
All three days at the con, I barely sold a thing. I maybe only had 4 sales all weekend, and this was my first ever show where I was in the red. Now disclaimer, I don't sell comics, which is what this show gravitates around mostly, however even speaking to a few friends who were there and did have indie stuff, their sales experience was dragging as well.
I think the idea around this con is so great, there is a genuine love for art and comics that is pulled together by this event, but unfortunately attendance was just not sufficient enough for profitable sales, and I think most of the attendees are locals who want to just visit on a Saturday and come to this show to see whats going on, not buy art.
Coming from out of town, this con wasn't worth it for me with the extra expenses, but if you are local, create indie comics, and want just something small to showcase at, this might be the convention for you.
I hope Chris continues building morale in this community though, he is always marketing and bringing forward great things, but for the artists to thrive at his event it may be time to think a bit bigger.