I’ll be at RCCC

Hey folks! I’ll be at Rose City Comic Con this weekend! I’m at table A1 (like the steak sauce) in Artist Alley. I’ll also be on some fun panels.

September 7, 2018
3:00 pm – 3:50 pm


From Sailor Moon and Magic Knights to Thor and the Round Table history is filled with tales of magic and wonder. Join Chris Hansbrough, Andrea Rosales, Anne Mortensen-Agnew, (Nine Twilights) Kel McDonald, (Misfits of Avalon/Sorcery 101) and Adam P. Knave (Amelia Cole/Once and Future Queen) as they discuss bringing ancient myths of old to a more diverse modern era.

September 8, 2018
10:30 am – 11:20 am


Since the dawn of comics animals have played a role, either flying around in capes and tights like the Legion of Superpets or lending a helpful bark like Tintin’s dog Snowy. Heroes, villains, and everything in-between, you can’t have comics without animals.

I’m at SDCC

Hey folks! I’m at SDCC. Come find me at the small press section, table m12! It’s in the back middle.

Also I’m on a bunch of panels! So come check them out

And here is the full details on my panels:

Friday, July 20 • 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 28DE
Publishers Weekly Presents: Crowdfunding Ethics and Evolution, Friday,
Crowdfunding has become an established method of publishing but as it has grown questions about how to use it have arisen. What’s the right thing to do when a Kickstarter goes wrong? What’s the next step in crowdfunding? What’s the future of Patreon and Drip? Calvin Reid, Kel McDonald (Sorcery101), Josh O’Neil (Beehive Press),  attorney Jeff Trexler and Camilla Zhang (Kickstarter) will discuss legal and ethical issues in crowdfunding, and the latest trends.

Friday, July 20 • 3:30pm – 4:30pm Room 8
So You Want to Edit Comics? A Closer Look at the Industry’s Secret Warriors
Think you know everything about making a comic? You may know what writers and artist do, but do you know what it takes to edit comics? comiXologists Matt Kolowski and Kiersten Wing lead a panel of editors and creators including Will Dennis (Scalped), Hope Nicholson (Bedside Press), Megan Kearney(The Secret Loves of Geek Girls), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Revival), Mike Norton (Revival), and Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables & Fairytales) in this peek behind the curtain of comics creation.

Friday, July 20 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm Room 29AB
comiXology Originals: Comics for the YA Fan
The biggest news in comics is comiXology’s exclusive content program, comiXology Originals, but did you know they’re also offering an outstanding selection of comics perfect for young adult fiction readers? comiXologists Matt Kolowski and Kiersten Wingchat with the talented minds behind comiXology Originals’ YA offerings like Superfreaks,as well as other upcoming titles. Hear from Elsa Charretier (Superfreaks, Star Wars Adventures), Pierrick Colinet (Superfreaks, Star Wars Adventures), Margaux Saltel(Superfreaks), Tyler Crook (Harrow County), Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables & Fairytales), M. K. Reed (The Castoffs, Palefire), and Tish Doolin (Modus Operandi) as they recount their creative journey and give tips on crafting comic stories aimed at the young adult fiction fan.

Conventions Selling and After Show

So this month I’m doing a continuation of my Con write up. I made sure to take a picture of my display at Anime Boston. You can see all the display stuff I talked about last month.


I make sure to get a good nights rest. Con hours can be 8-12 hours long. I don’t want to do that with very little sleep.

I also make sure I get a good breakfast and coffee. And then I get some snacks for behind the table.

I make sure my flyers are easy to grab.


So then the people start coming in. I make sure to say hi to people who stop and hesitant in front of my table. I ask them what caught their eye, because that will help me where to start.  That first hello is important. One time at con a man told me he was gonna by something simply because I was the only one who said hello to him.

Once someone starts browsing I give them an elevator pitch of each comic. An elevator of pitch is an explanation of your comic that you can tell someone in an elevator ride. It’s usually a sentence or two. Here’s all the elevator pitches I got.

  • Sorcery 101 is about an inept sorcerer learning magic from a grumpy vampire.
  • Misfits of Avalon is about magically girls who are jerks.
  • From Scratch is about demon gangsters in the 1920s.
  • Fame and Misfortune is a bodyguard with magical powers protecting a spoiled celebrity.
  • The Better to Find You With is about a veterinarian and a werewolf solving a small town mystery.
  • Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales is a series where each volume are tales from a different continent. The green one is Europe, the yellow one is Africa, and the pink one is Asia.
  • Can I Pet Your Werewolf is cute goofy werewolf stories.

After giving those basic run downs I answer questions the customer has but mostly try to be quiet so they can flip through and think about if they want it. If someone asks what book is my favorite I usually say which ever book is selling slower than I expected. Or I say Sorcery 101 because that’s the heaviest book and I don’t want to take any of those home.

I also have a few deals at the table. People think of money in terms of $20 bills. Someone is just as likely to spend $15 dollars as they are $20. So From Scratch which is usually $7 goes down to $5 is it’s bought with another comic. People are most likely to get it with Misfits of Avalon since that is $15.

My totebags are also free for anyone who spends over $50 on books. That causes a lot of people who are buying Sorcery 101 which is very heavy to grab one more book, usually the 2nd volume.


So I usually try my best to table next to a buddy who can watch my stuff while I grab lunch or look around the con. Being fed is kinda what’s most important. That’s why I mentioned having snacks beforehand.

I usually write down my elevator pitches for my table bud/helper to read so that it’s easy for someone who isn’t me to sell my books.

This also helps when I’m on panels. I try to be on panels a lot because they honestly help sales. I often have to be the one to organize it or at least know who is organizing it to be on them. So even if you’re a newbie at comics don’t be afraid to try and take steps to put together your own panel. Very often you can get new reader/customers from being on the.


After I go home I count how many books I have left over. That’s the other reason those book numbers on the flaps of each box are helpful. If I brought 40 and have 12 left I know that next time I go to the show I should only bring 30. My notes look like this.

  • Con Name
  • plane/bus ticket costs _______
  • table costs _______
  • Hotel costs _______
  • Sold _____ s101-1
  • Sold ______ s101-2
  • Sold _____ MOA1
  • Final Cash _______
  • Final Credit Sales ________
  • Profit ________

That is what I will use when I pack everything up for the next time I’m going to the show. I will also note if anything special happened like a big commission.