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A new show in Indianapolis to help promote talented creators in the Midwest. The focus will be on those that self-publish comics.

The INDYpendent Self-Published Comics Show - Comic Book Event (March 30th, 2014)

There are two main goals for this show happening on March 30th. The first goal is to help Small Press creators have a venue that allows them to Promote, Network, and Teach the topic they love so much.  The second is to give attendees with an interest in comics a place to Discover, Meet, and Learn about the comic creation process.

Mission: 

To help promote, network, and teach those who are comic book creators in the Indianapolis and surrounding area and encourage those that want to learn about the industry and creation process.

Goals: 

• Create excitement around Midwest comic book creators. 

• Host a reoccurring show on the West Side of Indianapolis 

• Provide a place where Small Press Comic creators can get to know each other, share knowledge, and talk about resources available.

• Give access to Meetup and Fan groups to help build their membership bases. 

• Introduce ways for individual creators to group together for advertising or promotional purposes. 

• Have an educational panel room where current creators can speak about topics to help those that would like to one day create their own comics and items. 

• Continue to grow each show and become a destination for Small Press Comic creators.

• Involve Local schools, community, and Library interest groups.

Why we need the financial support.

Your pledge dollars will go toward the promotional efforts of the show.  We will be producing banners, signage, and flyers to the get the word out.  With our current goal amount, we can make it happen with a lot of leg work, but stretch goals will include some advertising venues to spread the word even more.

Warning!  This show won't have movie or TV stars, vendors with huge displays of manufactured items, or a cosplay contest.  

What you will get, is some time to spend having conversations with people who are pursuing their dream and telling their story.  Take some time to really understand what they did to create that great book you just bought.  If you're a little shy about talking with folks, just keep reading because we've got something great for you.

Innovative ways to start the conversation:

Look below at our badge and table signs, both feature areas to list either areas of interest or areas of strengths.

Show Badge worn around neck
Show Badge worn around neck
Sample creator table sign
Sample creator table sign

Our goal is to minimize show admission costs to encourage a wider audience.

New Stretch Goals to improve the show!

We need your help, so even if you can't pledge at this time, please share this project and show date with those you feel will benefit from it.  Thanks for taking the time to look over this project.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are many parts to putting on a show and we know that there are many risks associated with it. Our goal is to start small and then continue to gain momentum as future shows occur. We feel that the risk is far outweighed by the chance to support local creators as they pursue their goals.

During the past few years we have gained lots of experience with conventions and what is needed to help small press creators be successful. It's time to translate that experience into an ongoing show on the west side of Indianapolis.

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    Creator spot at the show pledge. You bring the table: Are you a local comic creator with a six foot table gathering dust? This pledge secures the spot for you and your table. Save a little cash and spend the day with other like minded folks. You will promoted on the website and Facebook page before the show.

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    The Consultation Pledge. Do you have an idea for a comic book and no idea what the first step is after that. Let's talk through the process one-on-one either in person or by Skype. This also includes 2 tickets to the show.

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    The Crowdfunding Consultation Pledge. Do you have a comic ready to go, but find it difficult raising money. Maybe you find creating projects on Kickstarter a little intimidating? This pledge gives you some one-on-one time to brainstorm about your crowdfunding project, whether it's in person or by Skype. You'll also receive two tickets to the show.

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    Panel Room Sponsor pledge. This pledge puts your name at the top of our posters featuring the panel room schedule. We'll even throw in a plug for you between the panels. You'll also get 5 show tickets to bring your friends and show them that you got top billing at the show.

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    The only retail spot at the show pledge. While 99% of the show will contain local creators, we have one spot set aside for a retailer to sell supplies and educational materials. While you won't be able to sell traditional comics and toys, you will have a large group of customers looking for reference books to become the next Stan Lee. You'll also get promoted on the show website and Facebook page.

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    The Create a Comic Pledge. Are you an artist with completed comic pages, cover, and a script, but don't know what to do next? We can help you take those 20 or less finished art pages and make them into a comic book. Let us work with you to create workable computer files, letter the pages, and then format it all to send to a printer. You also get 2 tickets to the show so you can get ideas for how your table should look at the next show.

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