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Three Months in Development for a Five Day Show

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

(The pictures below come from a cell phone camera)

Comic-con has come and gone and the booth was, for the most part, a success. The following images chronicle the event:
After Jennifer and I constructed the individual components that make up the booth, we test assembled the it at the SLG warehouse, to ensure that everything was in working order. Bryan and Dustin helped us to help put the giant structure together. This was about two weeks before the convention. If anything had gone wrong and needed to be re-worked… well, it wouldn’t have been good.

Booth Test (Storage Room)

Booth Test (Storage Room)

We also test-assembled the columns. In this picture Dan and Jennifer rest for a bit after building a full-scale column for the first time. Four of thesr columns were used to mark the perimeter of the SLG Booth at Comic-con.

Booth Test (Column)

Booth Test (Column)

Once the booth was approved, we broke it down and packed it into a very large box. Ryan helped me to do this when we shipped the booth from my warehouse to the SLG warehouse. While in pieces, the 50′ by 20′ display could be packed into two boxes that measured less that 5′ by 1′ by 9′.

Booth Pack-out

Booth Pack-out

Once in San Diego, the booth was unpacked and assembled. Eight of us put the booth together in record time. All of the major display structure were up and in place in fewer than four hours. In this picture, Dillon, Dustin and Matt assemble on of the columns.

Column Setup

Column Setup

A few hours before the start of the convention, we had the booth stocked and ready for visitors. Scott Saavedra’s striking black and white logos could be seen from ject about every major point of entry in the hall and stood out against all of the visual noise that saturated the crowded space.

Setup Booth

Setup Booth

Here’s the booth in use as crowds of people visited the retail side of the display, while other waited to have there favorite books signed along our row of artists and writers.

Booth in Action

Booth in Action

That’s about all for Comic-con 2007. The experience was a good one, though there were some tough times leading up to the event. The display was a success, Jennifer won the Friends of Lulu Women of Distinction award, Dan won an Inkpot Award, we sold out of a bunch of our merchandise (some of it in a matter of hours), I sold a few more of my prints and there’s another 12-months before we all have to do it again.

Folding Paper

Monday, June 11th, 2007

I think a lot about folding paper. I’ve worked in the corrugated packaging field for more than 12-years and have designed thousands of containers, inserts and point-of-purchase packaging and displays. A lot of what I do is very mundane (RSCs and RELFs are rarely very exciting), but sometimes I do get to do something interesting:

Gift Card Mall Display

Gift Card Mall Display

I think that the reason I find this site so interesting and fun, is because I think a lot about folding paper.

Custom Paper Toys (the site mentioned above, but re-linked here because that’s just the kind of guy I am) is a great, new-ish blog about building toys from paper.

Each month, the author of the blog, Matt Hawkins, designs neat little toys that move, wiggle or otherwise just look plain cool and posts photographs and plans of his creations for the rest of the world to consume.

I especially like Matt’s 3D version of 2th Termite from I Am Supel. It’s more than difficult to approximate globe shapes with paper and I think that Matt’s solution for character’s squashed-globe head was very clever (or cleaver as I originally typed–you choose the word that you think fits best).

I find it especially satisfying to see artists and craftsmen use the internet to share their work with others as Matt has with his download-able PDFs.