Conosaurus

A Data­base for Comic & Zine Fairs

Broken Pencil - - Table Of Contents - (Sid­ney Dr­may)

Stephanie Zuppo is a car­toon artist who was work­ing on her Masters in Comics at Ver­mont’s Cen­tre for Car­toon Stud­ies in 2015. The pro­gram en­cour­aged stu­dents to at­tend comic and zine con­ven­tions to sell their work and see other artists. With no sin­gle place to get all the con in­for­ma­tion she needed, Zuppo felt she was spend­ing her time lurk­ing Twit­ter ac­counts and wait­ing for other peo­ple to men­tion that ex­hibitor ap­pli­ca­tions were open. “I thought it was pretty weird and I talked to a lot of peo­ple and they were like ‘I wish there was a web­site for this’. So we de­cided to make it,” Stephanie says. Stephanie and her hus­band, John, got to work on creat­ing Conosaurus: a con­ven­tion data­base that gives both at­ten­dees and ex­hibitors all the in­for­ma­tion they could need. Each con­ven­tion has its own page, list­ing each year it’s been in op­er­a­tion, and the page will also con­tain info such as ad­mis­sion and ex­hibitor prices, lo­ca­tion, and an ex­hibitor list. Each con will also have a fo­rum so at­ten­dees and ex­hibitors can trade in­for­ma­tion like best ho­tels and fun lo­cal activities. The Zup­pos are also mak­ing sure that smaller cons have the chance they need by pro­vid­ing web­site perks for free and ac­ces­si­ble con­ven­tions to help them get more ex­po­sure and up their at­ten­dance num­bers. The web­site is look­ing to launch in spring 2017, and the ma­jor­ity of it is built with just fi­nal touches and data en­try left. They are also run­ning a news­let­ter to pool in­for­ma­tion from the web­site list­ing con­ven­tions com­ing up and cur­rently ac­cept­ing ex­hibitor ap­pli­ca­tions. Learn more and sub­mit your fair info at conosaurus.com.

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