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ComiConn Trumble CT 2013

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ComiConn Trumble CT 2013

It seems the more I write about comic conventions, the more I find to write about. This started off as a three-article series: comics, cons and cosplay; it has turned into a twenty-article series, this one being about the promotion of the comic cons.

Being fairly new to the comic cons (five years or so…I have seen lots of promotions for the cons and I am not new to promotions and the Internet) I can tell you without a doubt if you have an event and you don’t know how to promote it. Not many people are going to come, and I can speak from experience as a small indie record label trying to push and promote my artist, B-Rock. I took this artist to the CowPalace in California in 2007 and spent ten grand. All the biggest Wrestling names were there, and B-Rock had a song for the event: “I Ain’t Going By the Rules.” However, the guy probably thought so many big artists were there that he didn’t have to promote it, or the promoter didn’t know how to promote. Needless to say, it was a disaster. Again, I don’t know if he was relying on just the sheer volume and variety of the people that were going to be there, close to 100 stars in three days, or if he even knew how to promote…but that’s another story.

Going back to the comic cons, over the past few years I have seen all the promotions coming from all the comic cons all over the United States on my Facebook page of which I am a member. I befriended lots of the comic book people as well as the artist and cosplayers communities, and I have not seen anyone promote their comic con as much as—or as well as—the promoter for ComicConn in Connecticut, Mitch Hallock. Again, I have no knowledge of who any of these people are or of how good any of these cons can be; I see them as they come up on my Facebook feed and I look for the ones that are closer to me. Well, for thirty days or more, Mitch Hallock unleashed such a unique firestorm of promotional ads on Facebook that were so ingenious, clever and cool, and it was just about every day. Since I am a self-promoter as well, I would wait every day looking to see what he would come up with next. And now I was looking forward to going to the comic con just to see what he put together.

Within the last week, he was putting vintage comic book covers up like a countdown to the convention, rearranging the words and making them his own. During the countdown, for thirty days, he was creating all of these ingenious ads and posting them on Facebook.

The ComicConn takes place in a nice, small town in Connecticut; it’s a nice family-oriented and fan-oriented time, and that’s how Mitch sold it…well, that’s what it was and more, and Mitch did a great job promoting it and it did live up to the expectation. But now that it’s over, I almost missed all the ads that Mitch was creating that were almost as fun as the con itself, and seeing what he would create the next day. He did a great job, and I am looking forward to that con next year  August 15 to 17  2014  a 3 day event not to be missed!

 

There is a saying, “If you build it, they will come…” but that is not necessarily true. If you refer back to my own personal experience, if you build it, they will come–but you also have to promote the hell out of it, or not a lot of people will come. And a lot of people don’t promote their cons as much, and promoting shouldn’t stop even after the event is over; it is just as important to stay on people’s radar afterwards and make them not forget what a good time they had–with pics and videos and news clippings that the press put out in print and on the web. Promoting the con even months after it is gone, and then weaning into the next year’s con is important…because before you know it, it will be here. Visit the ComicConn Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConnecticutComiCONN/

And if you’re in the TriState area it’s well worth the drive for a nice fun family outing in Connecticut.

By the way, B-Rock also has a comic, and it’s part of a bigger comic plot that I created called “ROCKMAN.” I will be promoting my comic and characters in the upcoming cons as well, and yes, this is me self-promoting my character ahead of time. Look for it at your next Comic Con

This is one article in a 20 part series called Comics, Cosplay and Conventions, that I will be releasing over the next few months…

You can find me on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/robert.henriksen1 where you can keep up to date on all my multi media projects including my new Book “The Park Slopian”.

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Marvelous Toy Show

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As I troll the floors of the collectible convention in Wayne NJ,  Put on by Toys on the Hudson, I’m taking pictures mentally because there is so much for my mind to absorb. It’s more than one mind can handle, looking at everything that’s on the shelves, tables and walls…I need to take it in as I walk around the floor, getting a mental picture to make an attack plan…meaning, how I will spend the next four or more hours, going through everything there to get the most out of my time.

Every time I walk down an aisle, I see something different. So, what I do is I document whatever is there with video first, and then I come back and take pictures. When I get home, I’ll be able to recall a lot more of stuff that’s there.

While I am going through the aisles, it brings back so many memories of my youth–not only of a place but a time, and maybe who I was with at that time in my life: friends, family, girls, or person that got that particular item for me…and so on. Depending on what I’m looking at, it triggers different memories in my mind. I could be looking at collectibles from the kitchen and it will trigger memories of my mom and stuff we had around the house and kitchen, all the dinners we use to cook together, using some of the vintage items. I used to collect records. My favorite bands are The Beatles and KISS; I see a lot of those things and I’m always learning something new about them.

Even with stuff that is obscure, like stickers or iron on/sew on patches, toy truck, the toy I wanted and never got…I can recall playing with certain people in my early childhood, depending on what’s there. Some of the stuff will allow me to recall my teenage years. Even the newer toys from within the past twenty years will trigger memories I have with my kids when they were growing up, and of TV shows we watched. So depending on what it is that I am looking at, it’s triggering different memories in my mind, and that is another good thing the collectible industry does.

Not only do collectibles trigger stuff in your mind, they trigger memories that come rushing back to you that you may have forgotten. They will allow you to reclaim part of the past. So even if you don’t care for or feel the need to buy any collectibles, attend just once and see the positive effect it will have on you, just like visiting an old friend; when you go to one of these shows you’re taking a trip down memory lane, your own memory lane, consisting of whatever memories any of these items trigger in your mind —as you walk the aisles of a collectible show in Wayne NJ,  Put on by Toys on the Hudson if your in the area its well worth the drive. CLICK on the link and visit them on Facebook and keep up to date on their next show. Toy ConNJ Oct 18 19. 2014

This is one article in a 20 part series called Comics, Cosplay and Conventions, that I will be releasing over the next few months…

You can find me on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/robert.henriksen1 where you can keep up to date on all my multi media projects including my new Book “The Park Slopian”.

 

 

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Our New Site

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This is a new site and will be going through a lot of changes, new content and themes will be added and changed while i see what works and looks best… there are 50 other sites coming! all entertainment including our Radio station with forums and polls.all these articles and lots of music videos from your favorite bands and so much more…. all links on the side will take you there .INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST SITE  MUSICSEARCH24  . FEATURING RAP VIDEO AND UP TO DATE BLOGS AND NEW ROCK VIDEOS AND CDS AND AMERCIAN IDOL VIDEOS AND BLOGS  

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Wayne NJ Toy Show 2013

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Collectibles, Photographs and Memories

 As I troll the floors of the collectible convention in Wayne NJ,  Put on by Toys on the Hudson, I’m taking pictures mentally because there is so much for my mind to absorb. It’s more than one mind can handle, looking at everything that’s on the shelves, tables and walls…I need to take it in as I walk around the floor, getting a mental picture to make an attack plan…meaning, how I will spend the next four or more hours, going through everything there to get the most out of my time.

Every time I walk down an aisle, I see something different. So, what I do is I document whatever is there with video first, and then I come back and take pictures. When I get home, I’ll be able to recall a lot more of stuff that’s there.

While I am going through the aisles, it brings back so many memories of my youth–not only of a place but a time, and maybe who I was with at that time in my life: friends, family, girls, or person that got that particular item for me…and so on. Depending on what I’m looking at, it triggers different memories in my mind. I could be looking at collectibles from the kitchen and it will trigger memories of my mom and stuff we had around the house and kitchen, all the dinners we use to cook together, using some of the vintage items. I used to collect records. My favorite bands are The Beatles and KISS; I see a lot of those things and I’m always learning something new about them.

Even with stuff that is obscure, like stickers or iron on/sew on patches, toy truck, the toy I wanted and never got…I can recall playing with certain people in my early childhood, depending on what’s there. Some of the stuff will allow me to recall my teenage years. Even the newer toys from within the past twenty years will trigger memories I have with my kids when they were growing up, and of TV shows we watched. So depending on what it is that I am looking at, it’s triggering different memories in my mind, and that is another good thing the collectible industry does.

Not only do collectibles trigger stuff in your mind, they trigger memories that come rushing back to you that you may have forgotten. They will allow you to reclaim part of the past. So even if you don’t care for or feel the need to buy any collectibles, attend just once and see the positive effect it will have on you, just like visiting an old friend; when you go to one of these shows you’re taking a trip down memory lane, your own memory lane, consisting of whatever memories any of these items trigger in your mind —as you walk the aisles of a collectible show in Wayne NJ,  Put on by Toys on the Hudson if your in the area its well worth the drive. CLICK on the link and visit them on Facebook and keep up to date on their next show. Toy Con NJ  June 28 29 and Oct 18 19. 2014  TOYCONNJ

This is one article in a 20 part series called Comics, Cosplay and Conventions, that I will be releasing over the next few months…

You can find me on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/robert.henriksen1 where you can keep up to date on all my multi media projects including my new Book “The Park Slopian”. Or my newest Venture TheVintageCarShow.com

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Connecti Con Covention Cosplay Pics HEROES

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Connecti Con Covention Cosplay Pics HEROES

There are certain rules to every convention; some are common sense. You will notice I am placing an emphasis on deodorant. I’m convinced that most people do follow the rules, but don’t know the rules, or didn’t know that there are rules…but common sense should apply. Some of the rules are also more of a courtesy to others; here are a few:

1. Bring deodorant. This is probably the biggest thing. You have thousands of people walking all day long, and people do perspire different ways for many different reasons. I know we all are clean when we head out the door to the con…but you worked up a sweat just getting there, and again, some people sweat more than others. So my advice is to take a stick of deodorant and, during the day, make a mental note to use it; with all the running around, and the fact that you’re used to your own smell and you may not smell yourself–trust me, others will, just like you’ll be able to smell them. We’re immune to our own odor when we are in a crowd, and we may not sweat as much as the next person…but after walking around in those costumes all day, we do. And I am addressing both sexes…

When I go to the cons, I only go to take pictures, but walking around for hours does take its toll on me. When I start to smell myself, I grab the stick and give myself a coating. People also need to remember: these conventions aren’t for you and you alone; some people walk around stinking and either don’t smell themselves, or just don’t care…those are the people that make these conventions a nightmare while others are gagging. So out of common courtesy, if you are going to a con this is the most important thing you can do for everyone as well as yourself.

Most promoters and cons won’t say it outright because they don’t want to offend anyone, but really: if you know you have a perspiration problem, it’s a must–and walking around in heavy costumes doesn’t help.

2. Take lots of breath mints with you. You should also bring gum as well. I’d rather smell a breath mint than bad breath, wouldn’t you?

3. Have all IDs and necessary papers ready so as not to hold up lines.

4. Don’t pose in doorways even if someone stops you there. Go over to the side.

5. Don’t pose in the middle of an aisle; there is moving traffic–don’t want to cause a con accident, do ya?

6. At the snack line, don’t wait until you get up there to try and figure out what you want. Know what you want and have two alternatives, because most of the time they are sold out…and the wait is long enough.

7. Check all of your props so you are not disappointed when they won’t let you in.

8. Strollers. You know some people still try to walk around the convention with strollers?

Now, that definitely isn’t a good idea for many reasons. One, it intrudes on everyone else in the walkway when you’re trying to walk through the convention. If someone happens to fall on that kid in the stroller, they are gonna feel bad, you’re gonna be mad, the hotel is gonna be sued for liability, and the event producers will say: how did that slip by me? Why didn’t I have that on the list? Again, that should be an obvious factor of being a parent, but a lot of people are dumb, period. Where in their minds would they think that? Oh, it’s okay to bring a baby into a packed convention…it isn’t, for all of the obvious reasons stated above. And above all, I’m sure that if they missed all the obvious things, they also think they’re the only people in the world who matter. And I am speaking from experience, having just attended a con and having seen this lady try to push her son or daughter through a crowd of people who were looking for comics, kids and adults, and she was making faces like, “You guys are intruding on me.” Well, lady, this isn’t the place for you to be…as a parent, you should know that this is not a safe place to be pushing a baby carriage with a one- or two-year old infant. It increases the likelihood of not only intruding on people’s space because you’re trying to weasel your way through the space, and of having someone fall on your kid, which wouldn’t make there day great, either. So for those who attempt to do this, it’s not a bright idea.

Well, you know, I just mentioned the five or six things that could go wrong if someone violates one of those rules. Again, certain conventions are specifically tailor-made to push certain things—sure, they’re family events, but family events do get crowded, and if your kid can’t walk the aisles by themselves or is not big enough to shuffle through the crowd, then they should not be there.

9. Leave ego and attitude at home; this is not about you. This is for everyone who wants to have fun…

Every convention needs to be nurtured and tailored to fit the growing pains; you can’t plan for everything, so you take what you learn and apply it to next year’s convention. Again, you can’t prepare for everything. It’s always different, because when it’s held at different locations it brings different problems, and when you hold conventions at different places constantly, you will always run into this. I, myself, have to learn the location whenever I go in order to make the experience better, just as they learn the ropes and they have that checklist of the dos and don’ts of their particular con. And most of the stuff should be obvious, but I will post this list to make sure that everyone has a better time–because that is the main purpose of the comic convention, or any convention for that matter. It’s to have a fun time. And adhere to these basic rules

This is one article in a 20 part series called Comics, Cosplay and Conventions, that I will be releasing over the next few months…

You can find me on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/robert.henriksen1 where you can keep up to date on all my multi media projects including my new Book “The Park Slopian”.

 

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New York Comic Con 2012

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We all go to the cons for different reasons, such as to photograph. Some people like to photograph the stars and the best-looking people, and then they hand them the business card and inform them that they can go to their website and buy the picture at a later time if they want–that’s how they drum up business. Some people do it for the fun of it. Some people are actually working for the newspapers and legitimate news organizations. And then you have the indie artists who like to go and take pictures for their websites and who have their own agendas, like I do.

Now some people sort of look down on you and don’t take you as seriously because you’re independent, but no matter who you are, you have your own agenda and your reasons why you want to take pics; no one is wrong. For me personally, I get over ten million hits to my entertainment website every year; I walk around with several different cameras that look small compared to all the (real photographers, we’ll still call them), and some even laugh at me, but I am doing it for a different reason and it’s their ignorance that makes them chuckle. While they are standing around with all their big gear, trying to look important (there’s my ignorance) I already snapped 100 pics. I take small cameras because it suits me better, I can move around faster and get to everything. The cameras I use are five hundred bucks and under; it’s not the camera it’s the eyes. It’s the photographer that makes the difference, and also a quick finger so the moments don’t pass you by. At cons, people are always on the move…which again leads to the reasons we go to cons to take pics in the first place–everyone has their reason, so I tailor it to my reason, not to what someone thinks I should be. I am not there for you; I am there for me. I use one small camera (the better one) with a wide-angle lens on it, set to macro or high, and the other I can generally flip to different modes at will, and faster. Why? The hustle and bustle of the cons–and the over-crowdedness as well as what I am trying to accomplish–lead me to this system. With the wide angle, I am able to get up in your face in close proximity and get your whole body in the picture. I can also get a picture from further away and get the whole room if I want.

 

There are way too many people walking around, and you can stop and pose in halls. It doesn’t work (unless they are empty), so I usually get quick shots off. When people see me, some want to pose, which is fine, because I am kinda shy and I usually don’t like to ask people to pose for me—one, it’s too crowded; two, you get knocked down; three, you never get the shot that quickly without holding people up, and 4, it’s not courteous to others. I am not going to tell others what to do or how to do it; I have my own agenda. I will hop in and snap a few if the pose is already there, but mostly I like to get candids of people in costumes and that is my agenda. Sure, they look great when they pose like the persona they are portraying, but the time and effort I would have to put in to get those shots is not worth it and it’s not my agenda. I like catching them in costume relaxing; that’s why I use the cameras I do and zoom around the place like I do, not getting in people’s way. I also don’t like to use the big flash and blind people over and over again. That’s also why I use those settings; I am not an anal photographer, I don’t care what my peers say or think; I am not going to make a mil; on one pic nor am I doing it to make a mil; I am doing it because I love photography…

Each time I make my rounds, I get to see the whole picture and know what displays at what angle. This way, I know what I want to get next time around or who I want to seek and shoot. I always run outside to catch the cosplayers on their breaks, where I can get some outdoor shots in better light, and the cosplayers are usually in a better mood without the crowd around them. It’s tough for them to have to pose and to put on that persona all day over and over again; that’s another reason why I do it the way I do–they have one less pushy photographer in their day.

This year, I am taking a Polaroid camera with me, just because.

This is one article in a 20 part series called Comics, Cosplay and Conventions, that I will be releasing over the next few months…

You can find me on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/robert.henriksen1 where you can keep up to date on all my multi media projects including my new Book “The Park Slopian”.

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Dead Mans Curve Jan and Dean Mahwah NJ 2013

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