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09 Oct 2009 - 13:1320708
Contact cards
While at Comiket in Tokyo, I noticed that lots of cosplayers have little contact cards they exchange with each other. They're business card sized, with a picture of them (in costume or not), and then their names and contact details like website, MSN, email etc. Very very home-made.

And I thought, hey that's a pretty neat idea! When everyone's in cosplay you might not be able to dig out pen & paper or even your phone to exchange contact details with the new friends you've made, especially if you're wearing gloves/claws/lots of stuff. With little cards like that you can slip it in a back pocket or a bag...

So I'm thinking about doing the same thing. Though I think nobody does it over here (yet)? Would I end up looking like I'm some sort of arrogant person handing out business cards...? >_>""""



Last edited by Pez (09 Oct 2009 - 13:13)
09 Oct 2009 - 13:3220709
Maybe with events getting bigger and more new faces comming along it could work.

Generally people I meet at events are on here somewhere XD


09 Oct 2009 - 13:3320710
I ordered some Moo cards last year as I was doing photography to promote my website. People seemed pretty cool about it.

I need to get some new ones printed though cause the name of the website has changed.

I think its cool - but unless you're really like advertising something (website, photography services, commissions) or something I think it would come across maybe a little bit in your face.


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09 Oct 2009 - 14:3620713
I have business cards that I hand out. They are very useful and people don't think you're arrogant at all.

I use vista print. They have good prices.

-Tab


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09 Oct 2009 - 16:2420719
I'm planning on doing some as the more complex my cossies get the more difficult its for me to write with a pen. Lol!

Especially with Cain for expo. He has claws.


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09 Oct 2009 - 17:0720720
Speaking from experience...

It's a lot easier to refer to a website rather than get a bunch of email addresses or get contact cards. I use to go to a lot of yugi tournies back when I still played, and giving people the URL for the UK forum was usually better than giving out and receiving multiple email addresses. It also increases the awareness of the website.


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09 Oct 2009 - 17:4120727
I suck at remembering names, so even when someone tell me "I'm [nick] on cosplayisland" I'd forget! XD I guess the idea appeal to me because of that, and because although I started cosplaying quite a few years ago I've only recently started getting into "the scene", if you know what I mean. At Aya I felt so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people and struggled to remember who was who... it's not easy when lots of people wear a few different costumes over a weekend. (I fail)

Thanks for all the replies and advice. I think I'll go ahead with it for the Expo and see how it goes, but rather than giving detailed URLs/email address, I might just put down Cosplayisland ID: Pez, something like that? It'll just be some silly home-printed bits of card. XD And hide if I get weird looks. >_>


09 Oct 2009 - 18:0620730
You could also work on a simple flyer for the website with one of the modmins. Scale it so 4 fit on an A4 piece of paper. Coloured paper works better since you don't have to use coloured ink. That way you can hand the out to people you meet, and there's also the chance that the expo organisers will let you advertise the website. If they do, you already have flyers to put up


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09 Oct 2009 - 18:3720735
I quite like the idea. It's hard to remember names or usernames. If it's a really simple card, like an image of a particular costume of yours and your name/username it would make meeting other cosplayers a lot easier. It wouldn't be a case of "damn, what was their name again??" Plus people wearing wigs and whatnot, you can't remember what they look like normally anyway!!


09 Oct 2009 - 18:3720736
You can use the contact card that you can use for free in the gifts section??

Mines in my sig...
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09 Oct 2009 - 20:2620745
We handed out cards at the last October Expo, usually more at the evenings in bars than when we were in costume, but they went down a storm. We got a lot of publicity as a group and as there were different cards for each member of the Trioka, they became like collector cards which was very amusing.
It's very handy, like an old fashioned calling card, and having them to hand really does save you from scribbling down names or deviantart addresses (especially when you have very difficult to spell names).


10 Oct 2009 - 21:0720764
Quote Fables:
You can use the contact card that you can use for free in the gifts section??

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Thats actually a great idea. Its easy to read and quite a few of us will know the avatar from the site as well as the name. Plus, cosplayisland is growing very well.


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14 Oct 2009 - 15:4621116
I've handed out cards before.
I might do it again this year if I get the chance =D


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