A Database for Comic & Zine Fairs
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.