Lots of stuff going on here at the4threalm.com, which is part of the reason why there hasn’t been much activity here on the site. In fact, two posts before this one is the last chapter of our Christmas story (which I encourage you to read!), so that’s a good five months of radio silence. But that’s about to change in a big way. Lots of stuff to talk about over the next few days, but let’s start with this quick update on our last two weekends.
The May conventions have come and gone, and now that a few days have passed to let us recuperate, we can put a little perspective on what happened, and what is to come for our fearless, intrepid authors.
As usual we had a blast at both shows. We started off with a trip down to Houston for Comicpalooza, the four day extravaganza that happens at the convention center downtown. Fortunately for us, the weather cooperated, and we were able to pack up and escape the city only two hours before the storm hit that flooded parts of the city (including the area around the hotel we were staying at).
Sales were good, we met a lot of new (and old) fans, and connected with some Houston-area authors who were gracious enough to offer their help in helping us break into that market. Lots of new people signed up for our newsletter (which should be out soon). Plus, I got to meet Joel Hodgson, of MST3K fame, so that was a pretty awesome little moment!
Dallas Comic Con, or Fan Expo (it’s two years later and I’m STILL unclear on what to call it), was also a rousing success, in more ways than one. We met some new authors in town, reconnected with some old ones, and sold more books on Saturday than we’d ever sold in an entire weekend at any previous show. Cue the celebration music!
I’m sure a good portion of the activity at our booth was due to our location. We were essentially sitting along the main throughway between the vendor area and the autograph section. Not a bad little place to be. And hopefully I slipped the convention organizers enough petty cash to ensure we get the same place again next year!
We also premiered our new zine at both shows, titled 1001 Bad Jokes. It’s a small joke boke, made up of jokes we’ve either heard or came up with ourselves, and we handed it out for free at the conventions. Die hard fans can now send us their own jokes, either via Facebook, email, or twitter using #the4threalm, and we’ll add the best of the bunch to the next version of the book, along with the name and location of those proud fans. You want an example of our jokes, you say? Well here you go:
Why does Darth Vader like Asian martial arts movies?
Because of all the Thai fighters.
So, May turned out to be good to us, as it usually is at these big conventions. We don’t have any more until the fall, including the Dallas Comic Con/Fan Days (again with the name confusion…) event that we always look forward to, and potentially a trip to LA, but that one isn’t decided for sure yet. We have other events happening or planned over the summer and the fall, but I’ll hold off on announcing those until they’re set in stone. Keep an eye out here or on Facebook/Twitter for details!
As always, support your favorite indie authors with some social media love, some word-of-mouth recommendations, and some amazon reviews!