Tips for Finding and Tabling at Library Hosted Conventions

Why Table at Library Cons?

I’ve really grown to enjoy tabling at small, local library shows. It’s a great laid back way to earn extra income on a Saturday and has proven a fantastic way for me to sell copies of 7″ Kara to an audience interested in children’s comics. Library cons are often free (or very inexpensive!) to table at, free for the public to attend, and are a low stress tabling opportunity for artists and self-published creators. If you’re a comic creator who prefers to sell comics over other types of merchandise, library conventions are a perfect way to attract a literature-loving audience, and can be a wonderful first convention opportunity for newer artists.

For me, library conventions offer another bonus- I get to meet and chat with librarians who are interested in children’s books and children’s comics. I get to serve as an advocate not only for my own work, but for other kidlit creators who deserve recognition but may not have the opportunity to make such connections.

Pros:

  • Shorter hours
  • Less of a financial commitment- tables, admission, and parking are usually free
  • Great for first time tabling artists
  • A mix of people from a variety of backgrounds
  • More laid back

Cons:

  • Generally smaller shows
  • Often not well promoted outside the library
  • Usually only last one day

How I Find Out About Library Cons:

  • Talking to attendees at other area shows- as what shows they’re attending this year
  • Talk to other artists- at what conventions they have lined up
  • Check out local art stores, local coffee shops for fliers
  • Ask around!

Demographic:

  • Mostly families with small children, older adults, teens with a Saturday to kill

Tips for Tabling At Library Cons:

  • Don’t expect to make a lot of money
  • Have items at a variety of price points- $1 and up
  • Have stuff for kids
  • Have a few freebies-mini comics, stickers, business cards, ect
  • Have stuff to trade
  • Make friends with the librarians
  • Be patient!  Con staff is usually volunteer, or librarians who do have other duties
  • Bring a smaller setup than you would at anime cons
  • Can be great for networking

Keep in mind:

  • Usually free to the public
  • Often free tables for artists
  • Great as a first con opportunity
  • Low risk
  • Great for audience building in your local area

To see example set-ups for library conventions and more, visit the original post here.

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