A few years ago, we here at Page One Entertainment decided to take a leap and bring Twin Tiers Comic-Con to the First Arena in Elmira, NY. We are very proud of the show we have put together, and we thank all of you who have supported us along the way. Putting together this convention has been a fun, and at times, surreal experience. We are so grateful for the support we've gotten from our fans and community over these past 2 years.
After last year's show, we asked our fans, artists, sponsors, and everybody else what they wanted to see in our 2016 show. Heading into our 3rd annual show, we have gotten a TON of feedback from everyone and we can sum it up with one word: MORE!
And hey, we're with you on that! We want bigger and better guests, we want more attractions, we want more things to do for adults and kids alike! However, there is a great deal of cost involved in bringing this convention to the Twin Tiers. This is where we could use some help this year.
Our 2016 show is going to take place at the First Arena in Elmira, NY on August 13th and 14th, and that show will go on regardless! The main function of this campaign is to better get us on the road to give our fans and our guests what they want out of our show.
Twin Tiers Comic-Con is a passion for us but it's also essentially a "side job". We don't run any comic or toy businesses, and we don't have any storefronts. We're just a few comic fans who want to bring that "big convention" feeling to our Upstate NY area. The majority of our 2014 and 2015 shows were organized and paid out of our own pockets to the tune of tens of thousands. The rest was made up of sponsorships and the ticket sales we used to pay residual bills after the show ended. Yeah, that's a ton of paychecks we've put into this, but we would never have done it if we didn't believe in what we're doing and the show that we put on each year!
A great deal of our bills have to be paid before the show takes place. This Kickstarter can help us to raise the money we need to cover some of those costs, which include appearance fees, flights, travel costs, and lodging for guests, insurance, equipment rental, promotional costs, merchandise costs, commissions for our VIP package prints, and much more. There are TONS of moving parts to this show each year and we want to be in a position that we can keep that going AND expand on the guests and attractions we offer.
Our goal is to register as many artists and vendors as we can during the Kickstarter event, as well as pre-sell as many tickets as possible to our wonderful attendees. In addition, we have created some really fun and interesting reward tiers, as well as added Kickstarter Exclusive rewards to many of the tiers, including for our artists and vendors.
In terms of numbers, this campaign will cover about 15-20% of the cost of what we want the show to grow into. The remaining 80-85% of the cost of this year’s show is still planning on being paid out of our own pockets, via sponsors, and then regular ticket sales.
We are committed to bringing the absolute best convention experience to the Twin Tiers that we possibly can. Our goal from day one was to bring the people of the Twin Tiers an event that offers everything a big city Comic-Con offers, but in a smaller package. Please help us to keep improving Twin Tiers Comic-Con a little more every year, so we can give YOU the show that you deserve!
Announced Guests for T2C2 2016
POP CULTURE GUESTS INCLUDE:
COMIC BOOK GUESTS INCLUDE:
Risks and challenges
We’ve been pretty open and honest with you all so far, but let’s get even realer!
Obviously throwing a convention with a hundred or so guests, thousands of attendees, and filling up about 20,000 square feet of an arena with attractions and quality content is easier said than done.
We are confident that we can make this year’s show the best yet! When we started doing conventions in our area, we were doing one-day shows that attracted a few hundred people. Over the past 3 years we have tripled our attendance, and this year we already have a list of people who have asked to be a part of our show! This is what you will be helping bring to life: a show that started with the modest goal of trying to bring a fun event to our community…that is now on the verge of becoming a regional destination event.
Everything that is done to bring this show to life is done in-house. We like to think that we have a good track record of handling all our tasks in an incredibly professional way. We do our own marketing and we make our own advertisements, we do our own digital art and graphic design work, we design our own website, we control our own social media pages and our public relations, we draft our contracts and legal paperwork, we recruit our own guests, we negotiate with celebrity agents, we sell sponsorships for our show, heck—we even do our own taxes now!
So, we’re used to all this. We’re used to working ourselves to the bone to get this show off the ground every year. But we want to do more and we want to give you all more!
But remember: the bigger this campaign gets, the better we can make the 2016 Twin Tiers Comic-Con and the rest of our shows going forward!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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