Vienna comic con 2018 | artist review

Previously, I wrote about Applying, preparing en communications with the staff, please look here. For tips on travel and my trip to Vienna look here.

We got the time schedule in the mail before hand, and also it was clearly stated (for visitors) at the back of the badges.

I extracted everything i should know from the emails and pasted in the pinned note in Google keep, to avoid looking through the mail. I also added floor plan and such to share with my table helper. It super easy and good overview.

Build up:
Friday 12.00 – 18.00
Saturday 08.00 – 9.15
The mail never mentioned setting up and disassemble on Sunday. For setting up is the same as Saturday I guess.

Opening hours for visitors:
Saturday 10.00 – 19.00
Sunday 10.00 – 17.00

The VIP ticket holders already allowed to access the con floor half an hour prior the official opening hours.

I’ve put the overview of the halls and the close up of the foyer D into one pic.

We got of the subway at Krieau instead of Messse-Prater, because it was near Hall D. The check in went pretty fast, but that is because we were there already at 13.00 and it was super quiet. I was afraid the correction of my table number didn’t got through the administration, but went fine.

VieCC has two halls. The artist alley is placed in Hall D right after e-sport.

This is the artist alley. Left is is the entrance to the artist alley. My booth was located on the first table on the left. As you can see, there were spaces between table, a great plus!

View of the artist alley at the entrance.

We left a part of the set up at home, because it was too heavy. I notice how I kinda missing a part of the table set up. Nonetheless this had to for this weekend and we took our time, but still spend 2,5 hours to set up.

The placement of the booth was very good, the only thing is that I wasn’t able to bring an extra table. If it wasn’t for the charms my table would be very much unnoticed. The problem was that there wasn’t a vertical eye catcher to hold on the attention. With a new set up design for next year, i hope to keep it light to travel and keep the attention flow into account.

Not every booth got the same exposure. For example the row in the end near the window or near/ behind the toilets. Even though, main roads are wide, but the spaces to the other events were quite narrow. (Even one artist sits beside his table, because of his setup, and blocks the already narrow path.

It was my first time selling wall scrolls and I love wall scrolls. It turned out so pretty. People who bought it were impressed of the quality.

There was also a lot of interest in the travel wallet, but the choice of the artwork was very limited. Some suggest fire emblem, but I’m not to keep using too many fan art on product. I already have prints and charms.

There were lot of variety of visitor, cosplayed and not cosplayed. Sunday a lot of small children with their parents. Everyone was actually paying cash and bills. It may went for some artist great, but most artists the Sunday was especially slow. The organization conformed that they had less visitors on Sunday then expected.

The big question, how did the sales go?

In the end I made back for my table, hotel, travel expenses and merch production costs. The especially the travel expenses were high since i had to fly in.

I’ve sold a little bit less of everything. To my surprise, two wall scrolls were sold, so I counted it was a success. About comic con and my art, being aware that my target group is shoujo loving girls and young woman, had a lot of guys who took a long look at my table and decided disappointed not to buy anything, because it was not within their subject. It came clear to me how much I lack for that part of visitors and why I do better at anime con than comic con. It’s probably not the style, but the content. I’m struggling what are comic con visitors do like. If I can to into both direction and also draw still draw what I like, it would be different next year.

I was incredibly productive during my stay in Vienna and finish a sketchbook, something I never did! The last few pages is filled with drafts of new fire emblem and magi charms (at least 12 designs), two new wall scrolls, two acrylic standees and a mug designs. And I’ve also have a couple of other ideas in side my head.

Will I come back next year?

We got the opportunity to get the early bird price if we turn in the form at Sunday. Because having a lovely time, i decided to try this con again and will come back next year. The early bird price, by the way, differs only by 5 euro a table. So year, it was not that much.

Have I told you already about how fast the staff were in communication. No it didn’t got conformation of the application. They thanked the artists for being at Viecc 2018 and apologizing about the placements. The layout will be changed back how it was in 2017. Apparently, it means that the artist alley 2019 will be moved to the direct entranc3e of Hall C. I’m now even more looking forward to next year.

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