Thursday, May 9, 2013

SCC 2013 setup instructions/details

Greets everyone! This is the email you've been waiting for with further details and setup instructions for the 7th annual Spokane Comicon on Saturday June 1st. 

Location:
Spokane Community College
Building 6 - The Lair Student Center
1810 N Greene St
Spokane, WA 99217

Driving Directions:
From I-90 Eastbound:
  1. Take the Thor/Freya St. exit.
  2. Turn left at Freya St.
  3. Continue traveling north on Freya St. Freya becomes Greene St. at Mission Ave. The SCC campus is located at the intersection of Greene St. and Mission Ave. You may enter the campus from Greene St. or from Mission Ave.
From I-90 Westbound:
  1. Take the Thor/Freya St. exit.
  2. Turn right at Freya St.
  3. Continue traveling north on Freya St. Freya becomes Greene St. at Mission Ave. The SCC campus is located at the intersection of Greene St. and Mission Ave. You may enter the campus from Greene St. or from Mission Ave.
Parking: is FREE all day on Saturday for the show on campus. 

Food/Concessions:
This year we are excited to have local food trucks come and camp out in the parking lot during the show. We are still in discussions with a variety of food trucks but we are confident we'll have more than two to choose from. In addition we'll have some basic concessions inside the show by the gaming section. The local student clubs will be selling Soda, Candy, Chips etc. 

Lodging:
If anyone is still looking for local lodging in Spokane there are plenty of affordable places to stay. We currently have two sponsored local hotels that offer a 20% discount for exhibitors. All the details can be found on our site. http://spokanecomicon.webs.com/lodging.htm

Table Placement: 
Please see attached PDF for show floor layout and table placement. All table placements were filled on a first come first served basis and placed as seen fit by the event coordinators. 

Setup:
Exhibitors can set up between the hours of 7:00am-10:00am on Saturday June 1st, 2013. 
During the set up time you are welcome to cautiously drive your vehicle up on the large sidewalk (watch for fans) that leads up to the main entrance of Building 6 for your convenience. We ask that you do not take longer than 15 minutes to get your vehicle unloaded and moved back to the free parking lot to be courteous to others who need to unload. We also ask that all vehicles be moved to the free parking lot by 9:30 am in which by that time there will be 300+ people in line. It's safe to say we can have up to 6 vehicles at a time unloading near the entrance if need be.

The show hours of operation are from 10:00am-5:00pm. Please note in our best efforts to get attendees through the doors as quickly as possible we will start letting people in as early as 9:45am so plan accordingly. 

When you enter the main entrance please check in at the Admissions/Will Call table to let them know you are here. A volunteer will also be available to show you to your table if you not clear where you are based on the attached floor plan. If you've attended our show in the past the floor plan is the same as years past. If you require an additional badge(s) the cost is $5 each at the Admissions/Will Call table. 

During set up you are welcome to a few extra people to help unload before the show starts  but if they choose to stay they will need to purchase an extra badge. Also during your setup please be aware of your displays and signs as to not impose on your neighbors space to the best of your ability. In addition if you using an extension cord that it is properly secured to the floor to prevent any tripping hazards. Please take a moment and review the "terms and conditions" of your dealer application for more information.

Lastly I wanted to remind everyone that all exhibitors/artists/guests are required to remain set up until the end of the show at 5:00pm PST. After that you are welcome to carefully pull your vehicles closer to the front of building to load up if need be. 

We look forward to having you join us this year. It's looking to be our best show yet! 

Please send me a new email spokanecomicon@gmail.com if you have any questions. 

best,
Nathan
__________________________________
Nathan O'Brien
Spokane Comicon Founder & Coordinator
http://www.spokanecomicon.com/

Friday, May 18, 2012

Spokane Comicon 2012 set up details

Hello Everyone, here is the email you've been waiting for with further set up instructions and details. For those of you that have attended our con at Spokane Community College over the past couple years, it's business as usual. 

Location:

Spokane Community College 
Building 6 The Lair
1810 N Greene St
Spokane, WA 99217

Directions:
From I-90 Eastbound:
  1. Take the Thor/Freya St. exit.
  2. Turn left at Freya St.
  3. Continue traveling north on Freya St. Freya becomes Greene St. at Mission Ave. The SCC campus is located at the intersection of Greene St. and Mission Ave. You may enter the campus from Greene St. or from Mission Ave.
From I-90 Westbound:
  1. Take the Thor/Freya St. exit.
  2. Turn right at Freya St.
  3. Continue traveling north on Freya St. Freya becomes Greene St. at Mission Ave. The SCC campus is located at the intersection of Greene St. and Mission Ave. You may enter the campus from Greene St. or from Mission Ave.
 Parking is FREE anywhere on campus for the event. 

Set up:
All vendors and artists are welcome to set up on Saturday May 19th between 7am-10am. When you enter building 6 The Lair, please check in at the admissions table (or find the nearest volunteer in a Black Spokane Comicon shirt) for your badges and table placement.
 **The floor plan is not currently finalized due to the school having an event the day before our show and the layout may change. 

There is a service road that runs along the side of Building 6 (see attachment) that you are welcome to use to unload. Once you have unloaded please move your vehicle to the parking lot so other vendors can pull in. Please be aware of fans that will start to line up near by the building as early as 7am. 

The show runs from 10am-5pm and all vendors and artists are required to remain setup until the end of the show. No exceptions. 

Reminder: If you need electricity, you are required to supply your own cord and a way to safely secure it to the ground. 



See you Saturday!
Nathan

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Friday, May 27, 2011

5th Annual Spokane Comicon Review


The fifth annual Spokane Comicon was held on Saturday May 21, 2011 and like the previous year before it was our best show yet! A record crowd of 1,300 turned out (300 more than in 2010) despite some patchy rain showers in the early morning. Another best for this years con was the increased amount of tables sold (100 in 2011 up 30 more than 2010) and expanded dealer space beyond the main lobby.



This year we were lucky enough to have special guest artists Dave Johnson and Dan Panosian fly up from L.A. to join us. In addition we held our first ever Drink and Draw the night before the con at Cyrus O'Leary's. We had an outstanding turn out with over 40 guests, artists and friends during the night. Everyone enjoyed getting a chance to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. We even poured out a little liquor for the passing of Macho Man Randy Savage.



The line to get into the con was massive. It seemed to go on and on and on. By our count we had 400 people through the doors within the first 2 hours. The first 200 fans where lucky enough to get their hands on exclusive gift bags that included 35mm "Thor" film cells.

Throughout the day fans of all ages took advantage of the many things to see and do. Returning for his second straight con appearance was graphic artist and Keyboard Cat creator Charlie Schmidt. Charlie went as far as painting on a canvass throughout the day.



The one thing that I am sure many of you that attended are wondering about, "What was up with the fire alarm?" Well, here's how I understand it. First off it wasn't deliberate, nor was it someone deciding to sneak out of an emergency exit. According to campus security there was a faulty fire alarm in the building. It was also the third time that week that the same alarm had gone off. I am sure the Fire Dept enjoys wasting their time to keep coming back again and again to turn off the same alarm. On a more serious note I was impressed on how cool everyone was when the alarm went off. All guests, vendors, volunteers and attendees all cooperated and evacuated to the nearest exit. The 30 minutes lost until we got the clear to return back inside was unfortunate but we moved up the costume contest almost 45 minutes to give fans something to cheer about.



Speaking of the costume contest I was really impressed with the increased amount of participation in all ages groups. I really do feel the level of costumes went to another level too. The duo of The Beast and Mystique where fantastic, as was the female Booster Gold. Tip of the cap to the group that dressed up in all colors of the Green Lantern spectrum.



Reflecting on five years of doing this con has been a blast. Sure it looks easy but sometimes things don't always go as planned. Still the positive steps we've made over the years has been great. I couldn't be more happy helping to provide a slice of the comic convention and pop culture world to the Inland Northwest. One of the best parts of the con is seeing kids faces. Seeing the look in kids eyes when they see a member of the 501st strolling around, or handed a sketch from an artist. That's what motivates me to want to continue. That's the type of things that I would have loved when I was a kid. Is there anything better?



Thank you to all the Guests, Vendors, Artists, Volunteers and Attendees who helped make the 5th annual Spokane Comicon another success. I hope you all had as much fun at the con as I did putting it all together. Please join our facebook fan page to keep up to date with anything and everything about the Spokane Comicon.



Thanks and good Con!
Nathan O'Brien
Spokane Comicon Founder & Coordinator

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Spokane Comicon 2011 Update#3

Hello fans, Time continues to fly by as we are now less than 2 months away from the 5th annual Spokane Comicon. Here's the latest breakdown.

Basic Info:
5th Annual Spokane Comicon
Saturday May 21, 2011

10:00am-5:00pm
@ Spokane Commmunity College Bld 6
1810 N Greene St Spokane, WA 99217

$5 general admission at the door.
Kids 10 and under are fee.


Special Guests:

Dave Johnson: Eisner Award winning artist (100 Bullets, Detective Comics, Deadpool)
Dan Panosian: Artist (X-Factor Forever, Irredeemable, Chaos War: God Squad)
Matthew Southworth: Artist (Stumptown, Amazing Spider-man)
Brandon Jerwa: Writer (Battlestar Galatica, The Shield, The Mighty Crusaders)
Mark Rahner: Writer (Rotten)
Brian Churilla: Artist (the Anchor, Avengers, Creepy)
Colton Worley: Artist (Kato Origins)
Scott Allie: Editor/Writer (Dark Horse Comics)
Chad Anderson: Writer (The Heroic Age X-Men)
Eric Trautmann: Writer (Vampirella, The Shield)
*NEW*Thomas Cook: Animator (He-Man, Thundarr, Super Friends tv series)
*NEW* Lars Brown: Artist (North-World web comic)
*NEW* Jeremy Barlow:Writer (Star Wars Adventures/Tales/Clone Wars comics)

Dealer/Artist Alley Tables
:
The revised 2011 pdf application is currently available to download directly from our website. Please email me with any questions you may have that aren't covered in the 2011 application.

All Artist Alley tables are SOLD OUT for 2011. Please email me if you want to be on the waiting list.
We have less than a dozen Dealer tables left so another sell out is imminent very very soon.

Special Events: (mark your calendars)

"Spokane Comicon presents Superhero storytime at Auntie's Bookstore"
Bring your kids and join us Saturday April 23rd at Aunties Bookstore - in downtown Spokane for a special superhero book reading at 11:00am.

*In addition there will be fun freebies for kids, and don't forget to enter the FREE RAFFLE for chance to win a copy of "Tiny Titans/Little Archie" #1 signed by artist Art Baltazar and writer Franco.

*NEW* Drink and Draw: Spokane edition at Isabellas Restaurant & Gin Joint http://www.isabellasspokane.com/
Friday May 20th, 2011 7:00pm-11:00pm 21 and older
Admission is FREE but please be respectful of Isabellas. They are a business so plan on buying a beverage or appitizer if you come, don't brown bag it.

This is your chance to rub elbows with some special guest artists and talk like a sailor all while drawing. Facebook event page coming soon.


Program of Events:
The full program of events will be release 2 weeks prior to May 21st. In the mean time here are a few teasers.

WACOM technology will be holding 2 demo classes during the con. Wondering if getting a tablet is for you? Now is your chance to view them in action all day at their table and or at one of their hands on classes. Time TBA

Dark Horse Comics Portfolio Review: Think you got what it takes to make it in comics? Dark Horse comics publisher and special guest Scott Allie will be holding Portfolito reviews starting at 3:00pm. Location TBA.

More details coming soon including Costume Contest guidelines and Gaming Tournament details.

Lodging:
For the 4th straight year we are proudly sponsored by The Comfort Inn Hotel here in Spokane, WA.
For anyone who will be looking for affordable accomidations while coming to Spokane for the con please call 509-467-7111 and ask for Shaun or Echo.
Make sure you mention you are coming for the "Spokane Comicon" to receive your nightly room discount.
For more hotel info you can check out their website http://www.comfortinnspokane.com/ but you will only get the discount rate if you call.

Stay Connected:
If you are reading this, chances are you've already been to our main site spokanecomicon.com, but we are also are on facebook/spokanecomicon and twitter twitter.com/spokanecomicon. "Like" us on facebook to stay on top of any updates and events around town. There will be plenty of updates as we keep getting closer to May including Exclusives, Gift Bag details, Costume Contest guidelines, Gaming info and more!


Thanks for your support and good comics.
Best,
Nathan


__________________________________
Nathan O'Brien
Spokane Comicon Founder & Coordinator
http://www.spokanecomicon.com/

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Spokane Comicon 2011 update #2

Hello fans, Time continues to fly by as we are now less than 3 months away from the 5th annual Spokane Comicon. Here's the latest.

Basic Info:
5th Annual Spokane Comicon
Saturday May 21, 2011

10:00am-5:00pm
@ Spokane Commmunity College Bld 6
1810 N Greene St Spokane, WA 99217

$5 general admission at the door.
Kids 10 and under are fee.


Special Guests:

Dave Johnson: Eisner Award winning artist (100 Bullets, Detective Comics, Deadpool)
Dan Panosian: Artist (X-Factor Forever, Irredeemable, Chaos War: God Squad)
Matthew Southworth: Artist (Stumptown, Amazing Spider-man)
Brandon Jerwa: Writer (Battlestar Galatica, The Shield, The Mighty Crusaders)
Mark Rahner: Writer (Rotten)
Brian Churilla: Artist (the Anchor, Avengers, Creepy)
*NEW* Colton Worley: Artist (Kato Origins)
*NEW* Scott Allie: Editor/Writer (Dark Horse Comics)
*NEW* Chad Anderson: Writer (The Heroic Age X-Men)
*NEW* Eric Trautmann: Writer (Vampirella, The Shield)

more guests TBA

Dealer/Artist Alley Tables
:
The revised 2011 pdf application is currently available to download directly from our website. Please email me with any questions you may have that aren't covered in the 2011 application.

Reminder for the second straight year we sold out of all tables about 6-8 weeks prior to show time. Last year we filled up 75 tables. Our goal this year is for 100 tables. Currently we have 70 tables filled (up +30 since our last update last month), so don't think it won't happen again.


Special Events: (mark your calendars)
*NEW* "Spokane Comicon presents Superhero storytime at Auntie's Bookstore"
Bring your kids and join us Saturday April 23rd at Aunties Bookstore - in downtown Spokane for a special superhero book reading at 11:00am.

*In addition there will be fun freebies for kids, and don't forget to enter the FREE RAFFLE for chance to win a copy of "Tiny Titans/Little Archie" #1 signed by artist Art Baltazar and writer Franco.

Look for facebook event page coming soon.

Stay Connected:
If you are reading this, chances are you've already been to our main site spokanecomicon.com, but we are also are on facebook/spokanecomicon and twitter twitter.com/spokanecomicon. "Like" us on facebook to stay on top of any updates and events around town. There will be plenty of updates as we keep getting closer to May.


Finally, for those of you that will be going to Emerald City Comicon March 4-6 http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/ I will be sitting with "The Sketch Crew" in the artist alley A-15/16/17 all weekend long. Look for the Spokane Comicon banner and come say hello! I'll have new postcard flyers on hand, buttons and magnets while supplies last.


Thanks for your support and good comics.
Best,
Nathan

__________________________________
Nathan O'Brien
Spokane Comicon Founder & Coordinator
http://www.spokanecomicon.com/