Hey now! These are some things you might want to buy before heading to a convention. It’s a lot easier and cheaper to pick them up ahead of time.
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Comic Book Folio Case
This is a must-have. Whether you’re bringing comic books to be signed by your favorite artist or writer, dropping your books off for grading, getting a custom sketch cover commission, or just buying books at the show, you’ll want to make sure they’re protected. I use this exact Comic Book Folio Case and I love it!
Toploader plastic sleeves for prints are a bit of a toss-up. If you think you’ll need or want a few, you might be better off getting them online. If you just need one, you can pick it up at a convention and remember to bring it back with you to your next event so you don’t have to buy another one.
If you’re planning on buying a lot of art or you’re looking for some long-term storage for your collection, you can’t go wrong with this art portfolio.
If you’re buying a poster, you don’t want it damaged, right? Pick up a poster tube ahead of time and save yourself the hassle of buying one after you have a poster in your hand.
If you’re going for signings, most/all celebrities will have a bunch of sharpies at their table. Be prepared though, in case you want something black signed. A metallic marker is a good thing to have on you at all times. Plus, you never know when or where you’ll bump into your favorite artist, writer or celebrity.
Chances are, you have some bags and boards laying around. If not, pick some up before the convention. If you buy some older comics, they’ll probably be bagged and boarded, but if you’re looking for new releases, you might not get so lucky. Bring a few with you, just in case.
Don’t get caught in the rain. One-time-use ponchos are cheap and don’t take up a lot of room. You can never be too prepared.
You don’t want your battery to run out before the convention is over. This portable charger is under $30 and has attachments for both Android and iPhone.
When you’re at a booth signing up for a contest, it’s a lot easier to peel and stick a label then it is to write out your contact information. Get a set of Return Address Labels and make your life a whole lot easier. You can print some with just your name and email address and have another set with your full address as well.