Update: I’m doing these again for 2013, and I’m looking for a sponsor. They cost about $1,000 to print 10,000 one-color badges (and there are more than 100,000 visitors to Comic-Con each year.) I’m looking for either one large sponsor who’d be willing to pay an exclusivity fee to be the only game in town, or multiple smaller sponsors. And I’d be willing to negotiate different rates for different levels of customization, from a sponsorship line to a full-color marketing graphic. If you’re interested, please drop me a line at email@example.com
For months, I struggled to figure out what I was going to give away at San Diego Comic-Con this year to promote my graphic design business. Comic-Con is, after all, my target audience, since I specialize in designing things for my fellow geeks (the BSG Propaganda Posters, the Inevitable Betrayal T-shirt, etc.). But everything I came up with — mini portfolio booklets, postcards, buttons — felt destined to get lost in the shuffle of a thousand pieces of swag at the bottom of a giant WB bag. I needed something that would really catch people’s attention, and, if I was really lucky, not get thrown away at the end of con.
Then, a few weeks ago, my roommate and I were having a discussion about how hard it can be to put a real-world name and face to your Twitter followers when you meet them in real life, and how great it would be if you could have a Twitter name tag. She suggested that might make a pretty cool giveaway at con, and I agreed. The more I worked on it, the more I fell in love with the idea.
This, then, is what I will be giving out at Comic-Con this year:
Pretty neat, huh?
Where Can I Find One?!
I’m hoping that’s a question a lot of people will be asking. I ordered a ton of them, and I’m going to be working over the next few days to find a few booths willing to give them a home. Here’s the current list of locations where you’ll be able to find them:
- The Guild [Booth #4201]
- The California Browncoats [Booth #A07/A08]
- Team Unicorn [Offsite at NerdHQ]
- The 501st Legion and The Rebel Legion [Booth #MZ17]
- Quantum Mechnanix [Booth #2944]
- Shout Factory [Booth #4248]
- Super Siblings [Table P2 - Small Press]
- On my person, as I wander the con.
Of course, these are all busy booths with their own signing and event schedules, so keep in mind that the cards may not be out on the table at all times. But with a bunch of locations, you should have no problem picking one up!
Want to have them at your booth, too? Drop me a line. I’d love to give you some to hand out, too!
Other Cool Stuff
I’ve got a TON of other stuff premiering at this year’s show. It’s honestly a bit overwhelming. I’ll be talking about them just as soon as the folks I created them for do. (Don’t want to get ahead of their own publicity plans!) But stay tuned, and follow me @lexigeek on Twitter for the very latest.
Hope to see you in San Diego!