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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Con and Beyond

"When are we going to see the Ghostbot booth at the con?"

That's what we've been asked every year since we started the company. After almost 5 years of making lame excuses, we finally decided that 2009 was going to be the year.

So what were we going to show? That was the big question. All the previous years, we were content with wandering around the floor with the rest of the crowds and spending inordinate amounts of cash on everybody else's stuff. But now that we were going to be on the other side of the table, we knew we had to really think about why we were there.

Aside from our friends and peers in the industry, no one really knows who we are or what we do. It's hard for an independent animation studio to "advertise" to the public without something high profile under your belt. In this day and age, you don't usually get the opportunity to meet your audience face to face. This is why the con is such a great venue. It's a unique mixture of fans, artists, and everyday families all wandering around wide-eyed and looking for cool stuff. Nerddom knows no boundaries.

After some brainstorming we thought what better way to stick our collective necks out there than with an idea that is almost as old as Ghostbot itself. The concept is simple: a character who doesn't fit into her world. Mix in sci-fi, goth, robots, and weird creatures and you have the recipe for a Ghostbot property. Over the past few years, we've tried different avenues to tell her story but none really felt right. So when it came time to plan for the con, we realized we had so much content already developed for this idea that we could produce a bunch of different things to show. However, since the quality of independently produced products has gone up each year, we knew we had to do something special for our first time out. And thus, Little Lost Ghost was born...

Original Painting (Gouache, 8" x 11.5")

Books and Shirts

Prints and Buttons

Not for sale - just the insanity that is our Senior Producer/Caretaker, Corrine

On top of all the Ghostbot madness, we shared the booth with our crazy talented friend and Fellow Ghostbot, Arvin "Sold-Out-By-Noon" Bautista. Arvin was the perfect complement for Ghostbot, knocking everyone's socks off with his self-published comic "Bomb Squad". He sold those things so fast we didn't even get copies. Be sure to check out his blog for a day-by-day recap (and hopefully news on where to buy the next printing - hint, hint).

Meeting everyone and getting the chance to show them what we do was the best part of the con.

Needless to say, we had a blast. We sold some stuff. We met a lot of people. And we drew more sketches in those 3 days than we have drawn in 3 years. The whole experience was completely exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.

But I think it's safe to say, we can't wait to do it again.


Blogger Rocket Pistol said...

I'm afraid I'm going to need all of that stuff. You know the address. My credit card number is... chop chop.

But seriously, everything looks amazing!

When can we expect to see more of LLG and Slummers? They both look great.

-Rocket Pistol

5:26 AM  
Blogger Drake Brodahl (pumml) said...

The painting for your book cover is awesome!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Awesome dudes!! Looks like a bunch of fun!! What exactly is in the book?

12:03 PM  
Blogger roque said...

RocketPistol: T-minus an hour or so... And you are to blame for all of this.

pumml: Thanks!

Mukpuddy: Thanks Muks! It WAS a lot of fun. And check out our upcoming post for a peek at the book...

1:32 PM  
Blogger Louie del Carmen said...

Too bad I missed it. Looks like your booth was a lot of fun. One of these days i'll get my hands on your swag! Hopefully you guys can get in to Comic-Con too.

2:15 PM  
Blogger Chris Battle said...

Cool! I'll be waiting for that PayPal button to appear any day now...

Is it up yet?

What about now?

3:47 PM  
Blogger roque said...

Louie: Thanks! I thought for sure you guys would be there. We're definitely gunning for San Diego. So if you hear anything...

Chris: Now, Chris...NOW!

4:06 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

I love the poster with the signature ghostbots in new poses! Slummers? just the name sounds cool-looking forward to seeing it.

Corrine- I really dig the branded ghostbot waters and snacks- if you're gonna do something do it right!

9:02 PM  
Blogger Giang-Thanh said...

You guys are STARS! I'm framing my personally autographed (auto-sketched) book here in Seattle! Thank you! The convention looked AWESOME!

1:42 PM  

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