Con Survival Guide

March 8, 2008

Ok Part two of the con survival guide.


By now you should have started saving for the con, why i hear you ask, well let me take you through just some of the items you may want to pick up in a con.

Back Issues- Always a large selection available and always multipacks.

Trades- Huge selection available and it’s the chance to fill the gaps in your collection

Sketches- It’s a sad fact that a small minority have ruined it for the rest of us but some artists do charge for their sketches. But believe me they are well worth it

Prints- There are some nice prints always available at the cons and if you have the room then I totally recommend it

Artwork- All the top artists have a portfolio and back log of stuff that they will be happy to sell you. I have a few pieces of Bary Kitsons work

 Refreshments- You need to eat, and if your at a con all day you certainly need to drink

Hotel- are you there for 1 day or for the weekend, if the weekend the hotel need to be paid for

Travel- how much is it going to cost you to get to the con, bus, train car or plane all needs to be budgeted for


your friday night entertainment, are you going out or having a early night (budget at least £40.00 for this)

early saturday- do you eat the hotels breakfast or do you go for a pub breakfast.

Saturday night- party hearty, your looking at a good £40.00 plus for this

Ok as to prioritising. Let me explain last year at Bristol I was waiting for mr kitson while my friends went off to the DC nation, on the way they got chatting to some american chap and lo and behold it turned out it was kurt busiek. Now my priority was to get that sketch and get my legion stuff signed.

Look at the guest list before you go. Allocate your time, who must you see, who is it imperative that you have to get signings/sketches from. Who can wait till the sunday or next year.

The guys are real friendly and if you looks at some con pro’s sketch books they really do put the effort in and are glad to meet their fans.

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