And so goes another convention. This one was especially awesome for me because of the multitude of opportunities that I had. I really enjoyed giving the zombie panel with Dan Nokes from 21st Century Sandshark Studios. His obsession with creamed corn is unrivaled by any I have ever known. I did find some areas where I could improve the presentation and I hope to be able to make it better for next time. If you attended the panel and have any suggestions or feedback for me please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
This convention, instead of hanging out at the Raven Warren Studios booth I had an opportunity to work at the convention as a volunteer. This gave me some opportunities that I would not have had otherwise. I got a behind the scenes look at what it’s like on the producer’s side of a convention. This taught me a lot about promotion and I hope to be able to apply that to both this blog and our comic books.
Another perk was that I had the chance to chat with not one, but 2 cast members from AMC’s The Walking Dead. As this is easily my favorite show on television and it was an honor to be able to assist them at the convention. I have to say that both Travis Love and Daniel Thomas May are both really great guys and they were not only professional but also a lot of fun to talk to. As I was “at work” I did not actually interview them, but that will be something I will keep in mind for future conventions.
I also got the chance to meet C.J. Henderson, author of the Piers Knight and Teddy London series. Not only did I get to pick up one of his books (Brooklyn Night, the first in the Piers Knight series), but I also became more familiar with his work. C.J.’s works cover a wide variety of genres, but his most popular stories are supernatural and science fiction stories. C.J. revealed to me that many of his stories are based in H.P. Lovecraft’s lore, and he has been honored by Lovecraft’s family with their consent to continue his works. So if your into science fiction, Lovecraftian Lore, and the macabre, be sure to check out his website! cjhenderson.com
That wraps up my report on the Annapolis Comic-Con. The next convention the Raven Warren Studios crew and I will be at is Baltimore Comic Con on September 7th and 8th. Until then please be sure to continue to follow the blog for more paranormal goodness. Our regular posts will pick back up on Wednesday so I hope to see you there. You can also follow us on Facebook and Google + for regular updates and interesting news and findings!
Till Fate brings our Future
A.K.A. Penguin Prince
Baltimore Comic Con. Oh how we love thee. Let us count the ways. Ok, let’s not but let us do go over the highlights of the con. Our big promotion this convention was the SD Card scavenger hunt we had. We took some Micro SD Cards and hid them in envelopes throughout the convention. These SD Cards had awesome promotional comics, backgrounds and other artwork for the lucky winner’s computers! And I’m not only talking for Dead Future or Raven Warren Studios. Our buddies at Octopus Tree House and Lillith Dark also pitched in and provided hidden goodness. Thank you Paul Petyo and Charles Dowd for being such great partners in this!
On our Facebook page we put clues as where you could find them. Most were given to other vendors to hand out if you gave them the phrase “I want my brains.” This was supposed to be a giveaway for our loyal fans on Facebook. We quickly realized however that out of our limited fans on Facebook, not many were going to come to this specific convention. So on Sunday we decided to spice things up. I had attempted to make a pitiful sign in which Paul had spruced up for me, and I was sent on the March around the convention hall telling people to find those SD Cards. Of course when I just simply told people to find the SD Cards, they looked at me suspiciously and asked if I was keeping them down my pants. I needed to change strategies. So instead I started telling people I was giving away free comics.
That did the trick!
This really got a good number of people to break out their smart phones and head on over to our Facebook page (Thank you to anyone who Liked us from the convention by the way). I’m happy to say that at the end of it all, the SD Card promotion was a big success. We only had to bring home 2 cards which we plan on using at a future convention.
Some of our customers found surprises on the back of their cool new Kidthulhu buttons! Have you seen these things? Basically we got tired of people telling us no one was worth voting for. So instead we gave you a few alternatives. On your ballot this year, write in Kidthulhu. We would finally have a candidate who wouldn’t lie, cheat or deceive to get into office. Just remember that that list didn’t include “driving everyone insane.” The buttons were designed by Marcus Busher and were a big hit among Lovecraftian fans.
So now that we say goodbye to Baltimore Comic Con what do we have to look forward to? Intervention Con! This one is just around the corner on the weekend of September 28, 29, and 30th join us for 3 full days of internet foolishness, and awesome video gaming! Go to the Intervention Con website for more details on how you can get tickets to what is growing every year to be one of the best conventions held in Maryland!
As you can see I did not get many pictures from the show, the one I did take I posted on Monday. If you would like to share your own pictures email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will feature them on our Facebook Page as well as put them in my upcoming posts.
If you had some memories from this show you want to share, be sure to comment below, or feel free to email me at email@example.com. We would love to hear from some of our contest winners to see what you thought of our give away! You can also follow Dead Future on Facebook and Google +. You can also follow me on Twitter and Google +.
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We would like to take a moment and thank everyone from Amazing Conventions for putting on an excellent convention. The space was amazing. Plenty of room for everyone! The wide walking isles were convenient for all the attendees and the spacious room between tables meant more room for dealers to set up and move around. They also did a great job at making sure that the tables were filled with a great variety of vendors, dealers, and artists.
They had something for everyone. From local webcomic artists pushing their website, to big name artists like Matt Slay and Louis Small! Dealers had plenty of comic bins to sort through which kept a lot of the collectors busy. But what was a great change of pace with this convention was the variety in vendors pushing all different kinds of products. They had the creator of Conquest Tactics at the show who was kind enough to talk to me about his creation process and give me a few tips to beat the pants off of Martin next time we play. Other vendors included Crash Gems who create kick ass sculptures, Kraser Studios who were pushing their new RPG/CCG Dark Legacy (I bought both promo decks), and Sharp Shirter whose “Manly” tees and cute phone cases had everyone flocking to their table. Rita’s was even there, which was a godsend because yesterday’s temperature high was 105 degrees outside and the poor AC just could not keep up.
Something else that made this convention extra special was that we got to hold the first ever Grim Crew Zombie Apocalypse Survival Quiz! The game show went off without a hitch and the staff at Awesome Conventions did a great job at making sure we had everything we needed and helping us set up. The contestants, and the audience seemed to enjoy themselves as we gave away some great prizes and had a lot of fun. My only regret is that we didn’t have anyone who could be there to take pictures. So if anyone who was at the panel has pictures, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
And a special thank you must go out to my three guest judges who did an excellent job at cracking jokes, and asking engaging follow up questions to our contestants. Dan Nooks always brought the humor with his quirky comments and even utilizing the left over write on wipe off boards to give messages to the audience like “I swear this game wasn’t rigged, but I do take bribes.” Check out his 2 zombie books Adam and Eve: Bizarre Love Triangle in the Zombie Apocalypse volumes 1 & 2! We also had the ever talented Charles Dowd from Lilith Dark. This man did his homework. He asked the follow up questions that made our contestants sweat. And last but not least we were graced by the presents of the one and only Greg LaRocque. With absolutely no preparation time whatsoever, Greg stole the show with his insightful view on what should be done in a zombie apocalypse. If you don’t recognize Greg’s work, you don’t know your comics. He has worked for both Marvel and DC on projects like The Flash, Justice League, The Avengers, and Spider-man. Thank you guys so much for helping out!
And so ends another great convention. We can’t wait to see everyone again at our biggest convention of the year, Baltimore Comic Con in September! Look forward to updates on some of your favorite series from Grim Crew and some brand new series and projects that will be released! Don’t forget to check back often!
If you had some memories from this show you want to share, be sure to comment below, or feel free to email me at email@example.com. You can also follow Dead Future on Facebook and Google +. You can also follow me on Twitter and Google +.
Till Fate brings our Future…