I help organize a comic, toy, art and cosplay show in Northeast Ohio.
We’ve put on seven, one-day shows in Warren, Ohio. Our show this year had 2500 paid attendees through the door. We limit our professional guests to just two or so. In the past we’ve had Jim Steranko, Mike Golden, James O’Barr and Darryl Banks.
Next year we’re moving to a larger venue in Youngstown, Ohio (Elton John has played it twice and Kiss was just there last weekend) and making our show a two day one. We want to find an A+ guest or two and expand with a splash, as it were.
We are willing to pay all travel, lodging and appearance fees. I make it a point to put that fact in with every e-mail or facebook message I send to perspective guests or their representatives.
I send concise, polite and to the point e-mails and messages. I don’t send multiple e-mails (thought I’ve sent follow-up ones after a month or so). I don’t come off like a fan looking to make a connection. I would like to think I’m reaching out to these folks with my best foot forward.
All that being said, I just don’t get much in the way of responses back. I understand that people are busy. I get that lots of professionals have their con circuit already ingrained in their yearly travels. I understand that a convention in the middle of the Mahoning Valley in Northeast Ohio has little cachet.
Does anybody have any advice or suggestions?
Our next show is July of 2017 and we’re really trying to finalize someone before this year’s end.
Thanks for any thoughts or comments.