ZINE FAIR today. Here’s a quick post-con write up while everything’s still fresh.
- It was great to catch up and chat with a whole lot of people I hadn’t hung out with in far too long (and I didn’t have to go interstate to do it o/~)
- YES | NO got a pretty good response! I can’t remember exact figures (everything after 2 pm was sort of a blur), but I think we made close to $30 :D A couple people did seem to already know about it (eee!), and a few others seemed really interested when they saw the cause. I had one version on my table and the ACT Comic Meet had another - when people got it from my table, I’d tell them about the other version as well. Was touched when someone shrugged and gave a donation anyway and said “that’s already, I’ll probably get both anyway”.
Our baby, I am proud of it.
- For the first time in ages, I went sans price list or prints. I don’t think having a price list attracted or discouraged anybody (I pretty much got the same level of interest as normal), although I did get caught out telling prices with a mouthful of lunch twice, so I won’t be doing that again. Did have a moment of baffled amusement when someone picked the sole item on my table WITH a listed price and asked me if it was free.
- Also won’t be going without business cards again >_<
- People seemed to like the non-sequential series nature of both TTTSNB and Sweet NV. Cool! Realised how old TTTSNB is while chatting with Nic…oh wow.
Notes about the event itself from the perspective of someone who didn’t really leave their table at all all day:
- Was EXCELLENT for catch ups - seated between the ACT Comic Meet and Nic, so already in cool company. Met up with some people I hadn’t seen in ages and had a fantastic comic and creative chinwag.
- Other bonus: most of us comic folk were all together! It looked like zines and independent press were all sorted pretty well too, which was very nice.
- Compared to the last Zine fair, this event was a massive step up. It was very pro looking, and there were a lot of very cool looking groups and stock there! So impressed with Canberra.
- It attracted a decent crowd, so yay!
- Quite a few families turned up! I don’t know if the event had a recommended content rating, but it was lovely to see the event as a family outing thing.
- Hooray for indoor events! We got a nice breeze a couple times (until what smelled like someone having a smoko near the door, but that smell quickly left, thankfully), and no freezing/overheating/tempests, so yay for indoor events!
- Adorable and perfectly well behaved sausage dog was at the Zine Fair again :D
On the list of things to improve next time:
- Signage. I saw zero signage for the event…which, given the name, was both a good and a bad thing. This led to some sweet old ladies wandering in and asking “excuse us but what is going on here?”
- I have already complained long and hard about the name…heck, I helped co-ordinate the book. All I can hope is they change the name for the ongoing “annual” event.
- A vendors’ pack would have been useful. When I found the hall, I had no idea where to go to find my half-table, and I couldn’t find a general information area either. :| I also have no idea if I did anything that would have breached the venue’s rules, the event’s insurance, the event’s code of conduct, any event content rating because I didn’t get any of that information. I did, however, get an email about parking and food and one panel so that was good.
- Including info re: packup time in such a pre-convention pack might also have helped make traders aware about when to pack up, instead of having one of the organisers bark “pack up pack up pack up” at everyone about ten minutes before the advertised closing time, esp confusing as events were apparently still going on.
- The Circus was good at announcing when they were on, but I would have liked someone announcing the different panels and workshops too! I think one of the panels was announced, but I didn’t hear anything about workshops.
- I was in the middle row of tables and we were ass-cheek to ass-cheek with the tables behind us. It was impossible to move and, if you are like me and cart stock around in a suitcase, almost impossible to store things and sit down. One of the other tables had suitcases spilling out into the walkways and doorways…not so good when there were a fair few people at the event with impaired mobility or excited young kids.
EDIT (Brainfog, forgot to add:)
The event was FREE. That was awesome. Not as many people I didn’t already know turned up to chat art and comics (like with the event last year, very relaxed), but free market = AWESOME.
Overall, I have complaints but would totally go again.
Thanks so much for your feedback Spae - it’s really appreciated and helpful. Just to make clear, CZE were not responsible for the name of the publishing fair - please address your concerns to You Are Here festival.
Thanks again for being a part of the zine fair! :)
If you were at the zine fair yesterday, we would love to hear your thoughts! We’ll take everything into consideration to make next year’s zine fair bigger & better.