I'm going to have a table at Austin Zine Fest this Saturday, Nov. 2nd. It's at Mass Gallery on Calle street in east Austin. My books will be available for cheap. At Zine Fest Houston I made the executive decision to sell my stuff for way below what it cost me to get made up. People at these events like to feel that they are getting a bargain, and they are more likely to take a chance on something they're not familiar with if you give them a deal. I think the notion of getting a "fair" price for one's creative output just has to go out the window when one struggles to find any place at all in the market.
It's easier for me to do this with books and CDs over original paintings and drawings. Original art feels more like my children, and it might take a while for me to warm up to offering such work at bargain basement prices.
The books and CDs just sit in my house gathering dust, so they are not doing much good there. I'd rather people get their hands on them and just accept that I'm going to lose money in my endeavors to get my work out there.
I might be willing to offer some drawings for cheap at this show or at upcoming shows. The idea to offer my art at such a low price came from Robert Williams in his column in Juxtapoze magazine. I hate the anti-intellectual tone of Juxtapoze, and their articles are mostly vapid hype of empty-headed art, but I think Robert Williams might have a point about offering your work for cheap. He said the idea was to get your work in the hands of collectors who would come back for more.
So come on out to Austin Zine Fest. It runs from 12-5 PM. I will have four different books for sale, plus I might bring some
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