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MCM Expo - ComicVillage - were you there?

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Jun. 2nd, 2010 | 12:09 pm

PHEW
Recovery in progress from the MCM this weekend just gone. I'm off to Derry this coming weekend for the 2D festival, but this time as a guest and not an organiser - which I'm looking forward to! haha.
Thank you ALL for making the weekend SO special! It had such an amazing buzz and the general feedback I heard was that people are really enjoying the mixed-in, community feel of the village. It's a heck of a job to organise, but it's so worth it if I know people have enjoyed themselves! *hug*

So, I totally failed to stop by everyone's stalls or catch people before the end of the show....if you're following me here and you exhibited at the ComicVillage, let me know your thoughts, guys ^_^

Did you enjoy yourself? Are you happy with the growth? How big do you think we can go without overstretching or saturating sales? (this weekend was 75 tables). What can be changed for the better?

Next show, passes MUST be organised better I think. For starters, we'll be asking everyone to bring their own lanyards and straps, hahah. Those of you who had your printed pass should have had little problem, but I know not everyone did (bad people) and I know that the industry desk wasn't set up when it should have been.

Let me know your feedback, even if it's just to say 'yay, I had fun'....as every smile I see makes me happeeeeee!

Huge kudos of course to: Anna Petterson, who helped me run the event on the day. Andrew (Pud) Ruddick, for running the CV stage so beautifully. And Matthew Sheret, who you guys won't have seen but who really helped out with the guidebook and some pre-show admin! You'll see more of him next show ^_^

You're all fabulous!

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From: fehed
Date: Jun. 2nd, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)
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Only thing I'd like to see changed is for you to get a better mic system, especially for things like the Writers vs. Artists feature, which I foresee becoming a long term favourite. However, the fun of that is being able to hear the banter, which unfortunately we barely could this year during pictionary. I did notice a few people getting up and leaving at that point ^^; It all picked up once Taboo came into play and we could at least hear the main contender talking.

Also, maybe avoid having the loud exhibits so close to the stage? The wrestling during the Sweatdrop Panel was quite distracting.

Other than that, I thought the event was pretty flawless :) even when there were flaws, they were managed so well that most of us didn't notice them XD Sales were excellent as you well know. I want this show to keep on growing!

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Serge and Morag

From: toothycat
Date: Jun. 2nd, 2010 12:03 pm (UTC)
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I did see a lot of *very* irritated dealers in the corner nearest the big stage during the musical performances.

In an ideal world, all the loud exhibits would go in a separate unit (perhaps the queuing unit?), with just enough of the dividing wall taken down so people can move between the units ;)

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Emma Vieceli

From: emmav
Date: Jun. 3rd, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
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Well, sadly not too much I can do about non-comicvillage bits...but I know what you mean!

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Emma Vieceli

From: emmav
Date: Jun. 3rd, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
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Good point re the mic system. I noticed during pictionary that it wasn't involving the crowd as it should. We'll need to do some thinking on that...

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From: fehed
Date: Jun. 3rd, 2010 10:12 am (UTC)
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Random thought, as I really see this feature becoming a crowd pleaser, what about involving a couple of the indie people mixed in with the pro's in October? :) that will probably go down really well with the crowds and further encompass the current Comic Village image.

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Emma Vieceli

From: emmav
Date: Jun. 3rd, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)
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Haha, we tried! Marc Ellerby was supposd to be up there, but he chickened out ^_~ I invited an indie writer but got no reply, and we had you and Faye up there last time of course!
But yep - that's the idea! ^_^

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Sarah McIntyre

From: jabberworks
Date: Jun. 2nd, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)
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And you're all fabulous, thanks SOOO much for all your hard work!!!

I thought the Comics Village was great, and such good news about the 41,000+ turnout.

Really nice having the table coverings, everything looked very put together. Possibly we could have small gaps between the tables halfway down each row, so it's easier to get in and out, but no quibbles. The draw-off competition was good fun, thanks for including me! I noticed a lot more teenagers this year and less families with children. Anna coming around with water bottles was like an angel of light.

Thanks again, Ems! xoxoxox

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mimi_evelyn

From: mimi_evelyn
Date: Jun. 2nd, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Second to that! The water goddess did rain down happiness from above XD

Everyone was sooo friendly and accomodating. I really liked the way the positions were mixed up, having pros mixed in with amateurs. Made people like me feel very honoured ^_^ Also gave me some seriously interesting people to talk to. I didn't find the loud performances too jarring because i was right on the outside next to markosia and co, but I guess that was just lucky^_^

I'm no expert but I reckon the comics village was a good size this time. Not too small but still intimate. Only criticism i have is that i felt a bit sorry for the people on the back row. I think maybe an extra row of tables facing inward on the bottom end (the end nearest to the stage) would help the people on that side to feel more included.

But on the whole I have to say I was honoured and delighted to spend the weekend in the comics village. Its given me experience and confidence beyond anything I could have hoped. And before I get too wishey-washey I'd like to say thank you sooooooo much for letting me join in^_^ Its been great. You guys make mighty fine glue to hold the whole thing together. Well done and enjoy your thoroughly deserved break :)

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Emma Vieceli

From: emmav
Date: Jun. 3rd, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
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Thanks, hon *hug*

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Kitten

From: lunarkittenlj
Date: Jun. 2nd, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
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I didn't do a panel but I did organise the cosplay ones so I'll dig for some feedback and get back to you :-)

IMO the only thing I would mention is the noise... I realise you can't do a lot about the background noise but the panel speaker was somewhat drowned by the noise around and the audience could barely hear what was going on, hence a lot of things were lost on the crowd :-(

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Emma Vieceli

From: emmav
Date: Jun. 3rd, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)
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Yep - noise is an issue for sure. A hard on to fix...but we'll try!

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Lone Samurai of the Pen and Paper

From: mrtonylee
Date: Jun. 2nd, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Overall, each Expo is better than the last. This was the 'quiet one' of the year, but even so it was hectic!

The only problem we had was that the people behind us managed to cause a tear in my stand up banner and repeatedly knocked it - so perhaps a little more space next year for the 'seated area' behind the desks?

Again, kudos to all involved.

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Emma Vieceli

From: emmav
Date: Jun. 3rd, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
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Gotcha. Bigger gaps between tables sounds sensible. :)

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Lee "Budgie" Barnett

From: budgie_uk
Date: Jun. 2nd, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Superb expo, and the Comic Village gets better every year.

Did you enjoy yourself?
Oh yes.

Are you happy with the growth?
Oh yes.

How big do you think we can go without overstretching or saturating sales?
Oh yes... oh, wait - sorry. I think you go as big as you can get - if MCM has to spread into another room, so be it.



What can be changed for the better?
I'd agree with the better mic situation, not only generally, but it seemed that the main tannoy mikes so overwhelmed anything else that you lost track of what was going on.

Also, would suggest for Writers/Artists that you find some way of letting audience see what's being drawn during pictionary round. That, combined with not being able to hear the banter (even seated right at the front) made that round far less enjoyable than the Taboo round.

But those are trivial matters, compared to the incredibly successful way you guys organised and ran it. Well done, all!

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Emma Vieceli

From: emmav
Date: Jun. 3rd, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
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Yeah, sound is an issue for sure. And mmm, pictionary visuals.....I'll think about it...you're right though!

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wrh_2005

From: wrh_2005
Date: Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
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I didn't go, but from photo's I've seen It's not looking bad at all. I mean people get a whole table for their money as opposed to a small slice which is good. It's what I would have liked to have seen, everyone with their own table. It's good to see, Expo a place for comics great and small. :D

The toughest part for you must have been the numbers, 10 - 20 people could keep me busy most of Saturday, it's easier on Sundays or it was for me. With Comic Village you've got boat loads more people to keep track of (don't you have enough to do anyway?) so you must have been totally knackered by the end. ;)

I'm glad it worked out for everyone. :)






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ztoical

From: ztoical
Date: Jun. 3rd, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
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Overall the comics village was great, really good mix of work, styles, people and you should be dead proud of the work put in. Very grateful the drummers were at the far end this time. One issue I would bring up was the table layout, the space along our row wasn't as a wide as the rows on either side and we had a far number of blockages through out the two days as people stopped to chat at one table and no one could get past so would just back track and skip half the row. There also wasn't a table across from us which, while odd, wasn't too much of an issue until the sunday when the table beside us opted to pack up and leave around 2pm and people started cutting the corner and skipping our table.

Think there was space to fit more people in but hopefully without making it to crammed for people to move around. Also thinking about layout makes sense to put the likes of say Ben Templesmith who was swamped doing sketches most of the weekend at the end of a row rather then in the middle as people waiting to get a sketch were blocking people getting to the tables around him.

Didn't get a chance to chat with you as you just looked super busy but will also be at 2D this weekend so might be able to finally chat then. I've been asked my Irish magazine Inis to report on the show so shall be annoying everyone lol

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naniiebim

From: naniiebim
Date: Jun. 5th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
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Hi there, em! thanks for a brill show! I really did have a good time :)

To be honest- I don't really have huge issues with anything [And I'm serious with this] just as above, there was a minor problem with the space row behind the tables [Once you get people in there, it can be a bit crammed! And it's been a trend in recent years to bring banners, so that takes up more space!!] I mean we worked around it by staggering seats front and back, so rather than being directly back to back for example, Nana Li was slightly off to one side behind me, so we utilized the space better. I have to admit though, I probably glommed a large percent of behind the table space with my stuff so I'm at fault there behind my table. :) The odd gap between tables would be good just to get out [rather than me getting out by tyrannosaurus'ing over people's chairs and feet, in the middle of the row, this was occasionally like that funny dilemma of being exactly between escape doors on a plane.], and checking throughway space between the rows are sufficiently spaced for the punters- there seemed to be a sort of gradual narrowing of the throughways from the back tables rows to front :)

at the same time, it's so hard when you're allocated a certain amount of space for setting up the show, and most of us with a grumble or two know each other well enough to survive each others pockets during such a fun time anyway. so... that was all! :)


Bigger em! Make it bigger! I wanna meet more artists!! lol. ;)

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dogtopus

From: dogtopus
Date: Jun. 9th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
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Hi Ems! :D

- Did you enjoy yourself?
Aww yeah!! Most fun I've ever had at a con. Despite the numbers of people everyone was incredibly easy to get on with. Loved it. :D

- Are you happy with the growth? How big do you think we can go without overstretching or saturating sales? (this weekend was 75 tables).
I sold more than last time, and I spoke to a few other people that sold very well too, and even sold out! I reckon it can go bigger, definitely.

- What can be changed for the better?
one thing I did notice was that the aisles seemed unevenly spaced; not sure if that's necessarily a bad thing tho.. but as I was wandering about some aisles felt quite claustrophobic and others like there was much more room to move. It could be that there were just more people there, I'm thinking Will & Naniiebim & Ben Templesmith's aisle was pretty tight, but it could have just been more busy!

It was a bit cramped behind the tables at times, but once everyone had settled in it wasn't so much of a problem for us. Maybe there was just more space up our end.

but yeah! had loads of fun, thank you very much to everyone that made it happen. :D

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Alice Meichi Li [李美姿]

From: alicemeichi
Date: Jul. 14th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
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Hey Emma -- it's Alice. :) I thought I'd friend you here too. Hope you don't mind!

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