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The Art of the Schmooze

Yes, I’m back from Comic-Con. It was a blast, and I’ll have a full report soon. In the meantime, here’s a tidbit that’s apropos.

On a mailing list for tie-in writers (affiliated with the IAMTW), KeVin Killiany asked about the best ways to look for work at a convention. Many of his fellow writers (including me) chipped in with some answers that should make for fun reading.

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  1. Great stuff. If you are truly interested in MEETING people, and not just pitching them, I think that shows a lot.

  2. I also find that just contacting people can offer up some opportunities.

    Met the people at http://www.frenzyart.com at the Annual Texas Folklife Festival here in San Antonio, in June and we’re already in discussions to cost share a tarot deck / card game.

    Contacted the guys over at http://www.fabricari.com about a street game the kids play in their online comic, which is only shown in the comic in like 10 panels total, and we’ve been discussing developing it as a card game. Fabricari is even talking about doing a short play by play of it in their webcomic!

    Just asking questions about themselves and their IP’s, mentioning game design, and enjoying their work has open many a doors for me.

  3. I also find that just contacting people can offer up some opportunities.

    Met the people at http://www.frenzyart.com at the Annual Texas Folklife Festival here in San Antonio, in June and we’re already in discussions to cost share a tarot deck / card game.

    Contacted the guys over at http://www.fabricari.com about a street game the kids play in their online comic, which is only shown in the comic in like 10 panels total, and we’ve been discussing developing it as a card game. Fabricari is even talking about doing a short play by play of it in their webcomic!

    Just asking questions about themselves and their IP’s, mentioning game design, and enjoying their work has open many a doors for me.

  4. Good points, Brian. The internet is a wonderful way to make these sorts of connections. Back when I started out, the web didn’t exist, and few folks had e-mail. Nowaday, it’s all ubiquitous.

    I’ve made good use out sites like LinkedIn.com, for instance. It’s a great way to maintain contacts and keep track of people as they move around.

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    Good points, Brian. The internet is a wonderful way to make these sorts of connections. Back when I started out, the web didn’t exist, and few folks had e-mail. Nowaday, it’s all ubiquitous.

    I’ve made good use out sites like LinkedIn.com, for instance. It’s a great way to maintain contacts and keep track of people as they move around.

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