Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A quick update AND Some Dos and Don'ts of the Exhibitor Hall

Holy crap it's been forever and a day since I sat down to write a blog post!


Well as you know I let my workload get the best of me but with one GIANT project finished, I will finally be able to scramble my way back onto a semi-normal schedule. Talking with Bravado about scheduling the rest of filming for Funeral Potatoes, making myself a filming schedule so I can get ahead on Kiriosity AND Wit & Whimsy* so I can pick back up with that of course as well as a few other projects (not on such a time crunch) involving Terra Mirum and other story telling awesomeness.

Oh, and having downtime somewhere between this all so I don't make myself sick again. Because ew.

*Yes, Wit & Whimsy will be returning to my personal channel after too long of a hiatus. Where Kiriosity focuses on learning and exploring geek culture, Wit & Whimsy will continue in its original form which was a bit more free form and could range a variety of topics depending on my whim that week. Hence the name. I will be posting a far belated "thoughts from places" video which will give a bit of insight into what the past couple of weeks have been like (sorry it's so late) and of course will still be doing Closet Tunes! So yay.

Of course being sick has a lot to do with my convention-going ways. Toronto Fan Expo, PAX, Rose City Comic Con--and I'll be setting up shop at GeekGirlCon in just a couple weeks!

Oh con-plague...

Anyway, what I really wanted to touch on today was a few things I'd observed at various conventions' Exhibitor Hall, both as a patron and as a professional.

  • DON'T be afraid to talk to the exhibitor! They'd love to tell you about everything you're looking at--especially if it's more than meets the eye at first glance! (IE a book/comic/etc)
  • DO remember that the person behind the table is there to work, so if you are carrying on a longer-than normal conversation, allow them to pause it so they can interact with new customers who may have questions or need assistance.
  • DO patiently line up in the designated area for the artist/celebrity/writer/etc. Preferably as neatly as you can manage.
  • DON'T block off another exhibitor's table because you're waiting for their neighbor to finish.
  • Additionally DON'T set anything you're carrying on top of an exhibitor's wares. Ask a friend to help you, set it on a bag, the floor or an empty space on the table. 
  • DO ask questions!
  • DON'T grill an author about their publisher.
    • This one in particular I saw a lot of and was a wee surprised with how some people handled it. I get that you're eager to find a publisher--it's a crazy world out there--but it's imperative you remain professional and considerate. You never know who you're talking to. My friend Ren, who was gracious enough to share his table with me at Rose City ComicCon, partly owns a small publishing company called Talaria Press. And I'd say about five people were interested in the company that weekend who kept asking him questions in an abrupt and honestly fairly rude manner. Most of whom didn't realize they were talking to one of the founders/owners they would later hope to impress... 
  • And on the note of knowing who you're talking to... DO be kind and considerate. Don't immediately assume someone is just there to help sell things. While we may judge books on their covers, strive to not judge people the same way.
    • I've run into "booth babe" syndrome a few times (which is silly because I'm in plain clothes--FULLY clothed for that matter). No, no, I wrote this, really. If I were here to just stand and look pretty--I might have bothered to sleep and not have bags under my eyes.
  • DON'T compare work in front of the artist/writer/celebrity etc. This may seem pretty simple but it happens a lot more than you'd think. People like to make associations to things that are familiar to them--helps them trust it more and that's totally okay!--BUT if you aren't careful saying, "Oh this is just like..." can imply that you think that artist is counterfeiting their work. Which is... not good.
Of course I'm sure there are many other Exhibitor Hall Etiquette tips out there, and you may not agree with mine, but having been on either side of the table, these would definitely be on my "Best Practices" list. 

What are some of yours? Other than keeping hand-sanitizer close at all times!

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