Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3213:
This past month I have been posting on my Facebook Group Page which is titled Facebook Comic Con | Make It So Marketing, (a.k.a. Hamersky.com), that I would be attending my fourth meeting at the Semantink's Comic Savvy after enjoying myself at the May 2010 meeting, the June meeting, and the July meeting!
I also posted several links to the 'Facebook Event Invite Page' for those in the immediate San Diego Metro Area area or in surrounding counties, to attend the August 15th meeting of Semantink's Comic Savvy in the Mission Valley area of San Diego.
So last night I drove down to attend the meeting that started at 5PM and officially ended shortly after 7PM, even though several stayed afterwards as usual...
The 'Facebook Event' showed the following:
Semantink's Comic Savvy!
Date: Sunday, August 15th, 2010
"Semantink's Comic Savvy is a place for comic book fans, young and old, to get together for a few hours of java-motivated industry chatter. We will rap books, films and as many other art-related topics as we can squeeze in to our two hours together. But first and foremost: we'll... have a good time.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to join; whether you're an industry professional, comic book enthusiast, or a new fan looking to learn a bit more about the vast world of comic books.
Hope to see you there!"
This event's page, even though it is now over, can be found by clicking here. You can see who was planning to attend, maybe attending, etc.
Once again the meeting was casual, "beginning" at 5 PM, and not going too much in depth at first, allowing those others that were expected to be there to find parking and walk to the coffee house. Please Note: Parking is enforced for a one hour maximum. You need to obtain a free parking placard to be parked there for over an hour. The parking limit has been strictly enforced. So get the parking permit at Milano Coffee House!
BTW, several attendees, including myself, would break from the group ocassionally and order additional coffee refills, as Milano Coffee Co had a 5 at 5 Coffee Special going on. $5 for unlimited coffee refills starting at 5 PM. There were also sandwiches and wraps available from the coffee house if you came hungry. Which is what I did this time, as I had to drive to East County first before arriving for the meeting. Good food as well as coffee at Milano! (End of plug! LOL)
The sponsor of the meeting, Semantink Publishing, was represented by four of the fiveteen persons attending. The topics were not only about indy comics, which is what Semantink publishes... but instead was mainly about the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International which almost all attended at the end of July.
Also, once again the ages of the attendees were far ranging, from the mid 20's to the mid 50's.
And there were also three females there among the fiveteen attendees last night. So it's NOT a 'boys club' sort of thing for those that want to attend in the future!
I was thinking about asking a question on the San Diego Comic Con that had just occurred between Semantink meetups. Which flowed with what the meetup moderator, Chris Henderson, was starting off the topics with.
Since there were a few new attendees, we all gave our name and what we liked best and what was worst about the 2010 SDCC.
Some of the responses were:
Yanglyn spoked about picking up a Fraggle Rock graphic novel, which sounded a lot like the one that I have been sent to possibly review.
Lewis also attended Comic-Con.
Shawn saw the ruckus (stabbing) at Hall H that was carried on several TV shows.
Lacey split her time between the panels and walking the exhbit floor.
Rich worked the Rudy McBacon booth. When I stopped by there, he was away from the booth, so I had a good visit with Frank.
Andrew bought a shrunken head...which came up in conversation a few more times!
Josh was not able to attend Comic-Con this year, as he was on deadline.
Steven bought art at Comic-Con.
Kevin Warick ended up going afterall.
Benjamin mentioned that he was there to network, being the Publisher at Semantink Publishing.
Joe saw the Hawaii 5-0 panel while waiting for The Walking Dead panel that he was there for.
AJ had two highlights - 1) being taken out to dinner by DC, and 2) his signing at a booth for a couple of hours during the con.
As for myself, I mentioned the great off-site dinner I've already blogged about: The Second Annual Captain Rochester Artists Appreciation Dinner.
Other topics were discussed, almost all about the San Diego Comic Con, including the Supergirl Film - as Helen Slater, who played Supergirl had been there.
Also I brought up the fact that The 1st Slum Circus Indy Comic and Art Expo, that I blogged about here, would be happening on August 28th. I passed out the promo postcards that appear on that blog to those interested at the meetup.
And lastly for me...The last three meetings I conducted a survey of those attending about specific questions I had wanted the group's feedback on.
This time I asked a question that came to me after checking out the Freebie Table at the Comic-Con International: San Diego (a.k.a. San Diego Comic Con).
The question was: 'What did YOU think of what was displayed / passed out at the 'Freebie Table' this year?'.
Here's the replies I received:
Four attendees had NO idea that there was even a 'Freebie Table'. Most of the rest didn't see anything of value to pick up. Only one of the group found herself picking up some items to follow up on after the Con.
I myself found that there were mimimal give-a-ways this year at the Freebie Table. Almost everything was just flyers for this or that. Not much of actual 'value' for those that had a true interest in comics, comic-cons, etc. Usually there are bookmarks, sample comics, mini-comics, etc. I only picked up a half dozen items there the whole 4 actual con days. (Nothing was placed there on Preview Night.)
So, for you publishers, self-promoters, and indy creators...You might want to re-think your submittals to this area for the 2011 Comic-Con! Because the results of my small non-scientific poll show that most were not walking away with anything from the Freebie Table!
To thank those participating in my survey above, I distributed the two different bookmarks that I picked up at the Titan Books booth at the San Diego Comic Con.
As you can see from the above paragraphs in today's post, I really enjoyed attending this meetup sponsored by Semantink Publishing.
The attendees ranged from casual comics readers to collectors to those in the industry itself.
That is what is 'cool' about attending an informal meeting like this. If YOU are in the San Diego Metro Area, I urge YOU to attend the September meeting! I'll be sure to post that event page at my Facebook Group Page after it is posted at Facebook Comic Con: Make It So Marketing!
My thanks this month to Chris Henderson, who acted as the informal 'moderator' to keep the meeting lively. Good topics, Chris!
Plus my Thanks to Semantink Publishing for sponsoring this meeting. You can find their Facebook Fan Page by clicking here and of course there will be a link to the September 2010 'Facebook Event' in the near future as mentioned earlier!
AND My Thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now totalling over 3,210 posts in number!
~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com
Note: Comic books like the ones discussed at the group meeting can be found for sale at our own online comic book store at: