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Post by thouartbeautiful on Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:12 pm

I'm preparing to do a Comic Con with a fellow paint friend in two weeks, I'm looking for some general tips and tricks for making the experience fun, flows well and make some moolah. We are both worried about speed, some designs are complex but IMO are geeky must haves.  Have my set up pretty well organized, and there will be another painter there whom neither of us have worked with. Also, what is a common price point for a Darth Maul for most of you, just curious. All and any advice welcome!
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Re: ComicCon Help

Post by Denise Cold on Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:05 pm

Utah might be an anomaly but we ended up doing the normal fair designs and then the adults just wanted "something" to feel a part of the event. Most diehards will be in costume/makeup already. Just concentrate on having great super hero designs and great girl designs and adult eye designs for the ladies.

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Re: ComicCon Help

Post by Forest-Fairy on Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:30 pm

Bring a book.

Every con i have done has been slow, and every time I see a face painter at a con there is no line, or no one being painted.

Like Denise said most die-hards will already be dressed up, and others won't want to get face painting if their character doesn't already have it. Costume continuity and all.

Kids are still your prime audience but there aren't as many at cons.

Here are some ways to appeal to the geeks in the crowd.

Offer more then just face paint. Have a sign that says "arm art" or "body art". Or another that says "Don't have a costume? Want one? Get your face painted!"

Have a sign that says "Body and Face Paint Touch-ups Done Here!" or something similar.

Anime eyes and Iconography could go over well too.



Explanation of Manga Iconography

Have LOTS of obscure and staple geek designs, even if it's just painting a character on the arm.

Here are some off the top of my head

Comic Book EVERYTHING
Nintendo Controllers
Anything Mario related
Anything Star Wars
Star Trek
Anything to do with The Legend of Zelda
Adventure Time
Totoro (or any Hayao Miyazaki character)
Happy Tree Friends
Invader Zim
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
Lenore: The Cute Little Dead Girl
My Little Pony
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Crow (comic and movie)
Portal (video game)
Firefly (TV series)
Ghost Busters
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Metroid (video game)
Halo (video game)
MINECRAFT
Nyan Cat
Dr. Who
Game of Thrones
Walking Dead
Domo

The list goes on.


People who go to cons bring their money to spend on very specific fan items they really can't get elsewhere, so it's a tough sell to get them to part with it. Some times even the sight of their obscure favorite characters will be enough for them to get something done. But still have LOTS of cheap stuff available to display if your audience runs dry as they probably spent their money elsewhere already.

Again kids are your primary audience here, but it's good to have other options.

Hope this helps! Good Luck
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Re: ComicCon Help

Post by thouartbeautiful on Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:41 pm

Thank you so much, I'll definitely keep that in mind.  Hoping to at least make my investment back (and more of course) with one week left now starting to get frantic Smile we are the closest to the kid center though ^.^
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Re: ComicCon Help

Post by Forest-Fairy on Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:03 pm

Hope the cons in your neck of the woods work out better then the ones here. If they have a kids area, then it's already a step ahead.
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Re: ComicCon Help

Post by Sweet Loretta on Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:14 pm

We do best a makeup vendors than as classic face painters - and we do better with our airbrushes at ComicCons.

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Re: ComicCon Help

Post by thouartbeautiful on Wed Sep 24, 2014 2:31 am

Thank you for all your help! It wasn't a profitable as either of us had hoped, but we did make a small amount, had fun and worked hard.  Here's the pictures I got Smile











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Re: ComicCon Help

Post by Forest-Fairy on Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:08 am

Sorry to hear.
Gah some times I hate it when I'm right. Was really hoping it would be different then my experiences. Sigh.

Still glad you had fun! Your work looks great!
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Re: ComicCon Help

Post by jlirie on Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:44 am

thouartbeautiful - nice pics! and your design board behind the woman with the half sugar skull looks like it had some cool designs.

i wonder if next year you could advertise that you can do clients' makeup for their character before the con, as well, so they arrive all dolled up (or "freaked out", as the case may be, lol)?
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Re: ComicCon Help

Post by thouartbeautiful on Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:51 pm

That's that's a great idea jlirie, sadly with getting everything ready to be there on time was a struggle and was already rushed as it is.  The design board behind her belongs to my painty friend that did the event with me.  I painted under her business, she's got a lot more dialed in as far as the booth goes and was so happy to have got to work with her.  I'm really frustrated with my zombie wounds, need to practice that more, and I'm very thankful for all the warm compliments, means a lot to me.  Just passed my 1 year painty anniversary! I've learned so much on here I'm very grateful.
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