NYC Comic Con 2015 ReCap!

Earlier this month, the CatPrint Comic Con Team partook in our 5th annual visit to New York City Comic Con!  We have gone on the five and a half hour trip every year to meet old and new comic art customers.

This year, the CatPrint Comic Con Team comprised of Production Lead, Nate and Customer Service Reps, Matt and Eileen. We left at 8am on Wednesday morning to begin our trip.  On our drive down we stopped in Pennsylvania to fuel up at Moe’s Southwest Grill.  There is an ongoing burrito shop debate amongst CatPrinters on which is better: Moe’s Southwest Grill or Chipotle Mexican Grill.  While some compromises had to be made that day, we can all agree that burritos overall are awesome.

After lunch we continued our trip to Union City, New Jersey.  This is where we would be staying for the trip, which is about a 20 minute bus ride to Manhattan.  We took a quick trip into the city to visit the famous Midtown Comics and Times Square H&M (a CatPrint favorite).  Afterwards we called it an early night to get ready for a busy day on Thursday.

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Home base for the weekend! (excuse the mess)

For anyone who hasn’t been to NYCC, it is a fascinating sight to see.  Fans from all over come to bond over their love of fiction, costume design, and all things nerdy.  Cosplaying is very popular: this is when fans dress up as their favorite fictional characters.  We had a great time appreciating the work put into some outfits.

Some characters we met!

Some characters we met!

Once at the convention, our first goal was to greet all of our current customers with goodie bags of snacks and CatPrint flare.  Check out some of the swag we printed for our customers this year!

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When CatPrint meets ComicCon

Finding our current customers was no easy feat.  We had to navigate the show room known as Artist Alley.  This area is filled with up and coming artists of all backgrounds and styles.  You can spend a whole day here alone admiring the talent.

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The bustling Artist Alley!

After greeting current customers we set off to find new artists to learn if they were familiar with CatPrint and our services.  Our main goal of attending these events is to receive feedback on what services we offer work and what we need to improve on.  It’s interesting to see how trends can vary year to year and this helps us determine our future offerings!

After a long day circulating the Javits Center we headed to NYC’s Barcade in Manhattan to set up for our second annual customer appreciation event.  This is the fun part of our trip when we get to treat our customers with food, drinks, and vintage arcade games.  Some of us CatPrinters learned that that classic arcade games are a lot harder than they seem! Our good friends Javier Winnik, Eugene Commodore, and the Gaunted Photography Team played like pros.

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Matt and Eileen with some of our customers!

On Friday, we headed back to Manhattan once more to explore the Convention to see where our printing services may be useful.  This also gave us the opportunity to meet some of our friends, like Clutter Magazine, on the Exhibition Floor!  It is safe to say that we all took some time to stock up on designer toys, comics, and artwork.  Look at how cool their merch is!

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The Clutter Booth

When the day came to a close, we said goodbye to the great people we met, and the amazing show we had the privilege to experience.  Nate and Eileen left New Jersey on Saturday with goals of coffee and more burritos in mind while Matt used the rest of his weekend to meet with friends in the area and explore Central Park for the first time.

CatPrint makes this trip every year because we believe it is very important to create strong and lasting relationships with customers.  We have found that there is no better way to do this than by meeting them in person!  We love working with such talented people. Thank you again for all of the kindness and enthusiasm we received while attending the show and for making our job so fun!

Is everyone ready for Batman v Superman?

Is everyone ready for Batman v Superman?

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New York Comic Con is coming!

New York Comic Con 2015 is only about a month away!

New York Comic Con (NYCC) is listed on Big Fish Game’s blog as one of the 17 conventions that you must attend before you die!

NYCC started in 2006 and has grown bigger each year. It is currently one of the largest annual comic conventions on the East Coast today! Since its starting year, NYCC has grown 4.5 times in attendance!

NYCC is now the combination of anime and comics! Before 2010, the anime portion of NYCC was a different event called New York Anime Festival hosted by ReedPOP!

Year Attendance
2006 33,000
2007 49,000
2008 64,000
2009 77,000
2010 96,000
2011 105,000
2012 116,000
2013 133,000
2014 151,000

CatPrint will be attending the New York Comic Con this year for Thursday’s and Friday’s festivities! If you see a CatPrinter walking around, make sure to say hi so we can snap a photo with you (if you allow us of course).

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CatPrint is also doing a special giveaway! If you don’t have tickets to NYCC, visit www.catprint.com/nycc2015 to find out how to win TWO NYCC Friday Tickets!

Will you be attending New York Comic Con? CatPrint wants to know!

Why CatPrint saves you money on anime, comic, and art illustration prints!

Summer is practically here which means that Convention Season has started!

As an online digital printing company, CatPrint is no stranger to printing anime, comic, and other art illustrations.

There are multiple reasons why CatPrint is the chosen online printer for many comic and illustration artists. But what really is the main reason?

We have the best prices for 11″ x 17″ & 12″ x 18″ poster prints!

For only $0.65 for each print:

  • Light Card Stock Gloss
  • Light Card Stock Matte
  • Light Card Stock Plain

For only $0.75 each print:

  • Heavy Card Stock Gloss
  • Heavy Card Stock Matte
  • Heavy Card Stock Plain

For only $0.85 each print:

  • Extra Heavy Card Stock Gloss
  • Extra Heavy Card Stock Matte

Why ordering early saves you so much money:

CatPrint offers a flat rate of $7.70 for 7 day shipping with a guaranteed delivery date. This means that it does not matter how big your order is, or how many jobs or pages that you have within your order: the total order shipping will stay at $7.70. Here is an example:

  • 5 separate art prints (5 pages in your job)
  • 11″ x 17″ 
  • Full Color/Blank
  • Light Card stock-Gloss
  • Full Bleed
  • 20 pieces of each art print
  • Total quantity of pieces: 100 pieces
  • Your total job price: $65.00
  • Order Shipping: $7.70
  • Subtotal: $72.70

“I procrastinated to the last minute!” or “I need more prints!”

We also know that life happens and sometimes you end up procrastinating or you run out of prints while exhibiting. If you are at a multiple day convention such as Anime Matsuri or San Diego Comic Con, you can definitely place a CatPrint order for next day delivery & drop ship to your hotel! Just make sure that in the case of drop shipping, find out from your hotel if the hotel is fine with drop shipping.

In order to place a next day delivery, you would have to submit your order before 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. So in Pacific Time Zone, that means you would have to submit your job by 11:00 AM. Make sure to always check the guaranteed delivery date as CatPrint is not open on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays.

Upcoming Convention Dates

For your convenience, CatPrint has developed a list of upcoming convention dates for June and July, sorted by state!

June

Convention Name State or Country Start Date
HamaCon AL 6/26/2015
Nishikaze Alberta, Canada 6/13/2015
LA Cosplay Con CA 6/13/2015
MetroCon FL 6/11/2015
Ocala Comic Con FL 6/20/2015
Florida Supercon FL 6/25/2015
BotCon IL 6/18/2015
Anime Fest Wichita KS 6/10/2015
OMGcon KY 6/12/2015
Derby City Comic Con KY 6/20/2015
BayouCon LA 6/19/2015
PortConMaine ME 6/25/2015
GRASP Comic Expo MI 6/27/2015
Sausomecon MO 6/12/2015
Cosplacon MO 6/18/2015
OzCon MO 6/26/2015
SOPOCU Con MS 6/27/2015
HeroesCon NC 6/19/2015
Animaritime New Brunswick, Canada 6/26/2015
AnimeNext NJ 6/12/2015
Tosho-Con NJ 6/20/2015
ShinkouCon NJ 6/26/2015
NJ Comic Anime Con NJ 6/27/2015
Akron-Canton CC OH 6/28/2015
Lehigh Valley Comic Book Expo PA 6/20/2015
Saskatoon Blitz Saskatchewan, Canada 6/13/2015
SoDak Anime SD 6/19/2015
Comic Con at Sea Spain 6/14/2015
Magma Con TN 6/13/2015
Daisuke Anime Con TN 6/26/2015
Toronto Comic Book Show Toronto, Canada 6/14/2015
Texas Comic Fest TX 6/13/2015
Koya-Con TX 6/26/2015
Omnicon TX 6/26/2015
SunnyCon UK 6/26/2015
Anime Mid-Atlantic VA 6/19/2015

July

Name State or Country Start Date
Anime Expo CA 7/2/2015
San Diego Comic Con CA 7/9/2015
ConnectiCON CT 7/9/2015
Ancient city Con FL 7/17/2015
LAMECon FL 7/25/2015
Megaplex FL 7/31/2015
Tampa Bay Comic Con FL 7/31/2015
G-Anime Gatineau, Quebec, Canada 7/18/2015
ConBravo! Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 7/25/2015
Anime-Zing! IA 7/17/2015
AnimeIowa IA 7/18/2015
Anime Midwest IL 7/3/2015
NatsuCon IL 7/24/2015
Ikasucon IN 7/10/2015
Anime Festival Wichita KS 7/10/2015
MiniCon KY 7/18/2015
MechaCon LA 7/17/2015
Boston Comic Con MA 7/31/2015
Ai-Kon Manitoba, Canada 7/17/2015
Otakon MD 7/24/2015
Nagu Con MT 7/24/2015
Hoshicon NC 7/17/2015
Armageddon Expo New Zealand 7/11/2015
Garden State Comic Fest NJ 7/25/2015
Ryu-Kon NY 7/10/2015
Buckeye Comic Con OH 7/26/2015
Tokyo in Tulsa OK 7/17/2015
Emiko’s Mini Conention Ontario, Canada 7/3/2015
TFCon Ontario, Canada 7/17/2015
Unplugged Expo Ontario, Canada 7/31/2015
Valhallacon SC 7/11/2015
Anime Blues Con TN 7/10/2015
Knoxville Anime Day TN 7/11/2015
Atomic Lollipop Toronto, Canada 7/17/2015
San Japan TX 7/31/2015
Anime Evolution Vancouver, Canada 7/17/2015
Galacticon WA 7/31/2015