Cupcakes and Comics was the idea of Baobab Marketing, who co-organised the Cocktails and Comics event a couple of years ago at The Gin Temple (pic below)
That event was to celebrate the release of issue 1. The plan was to do something similar, a tie-in that would work alongside attendance at Norcon and London MCM. However, with those events cancelled, this then had to become the main focus.
The idea was to promote local businesses via custom cupcakes. Step forward That Cafe and Polly’s Pantries- That Cafe is a highly rated local cafe on St Augustine’s Street in Norwich, while Polly’s Pantries is run by Polly, a superchef known for her range of chutneys and spreads, as well as some impressive custom cakes. To round this off, we had support from Morton Reeves (check out Leigh Reeves’ cameo in issue 2!) and Castle Quarter.
Previously known as Castle Mall, Castle Quarter has been great at supporting local businesses. They have also generously invited us to previous events, such as the Made In Norwich event highlighting independent companies and their Christmas fair.
Unfortunately, some issues with the custom toppers (My mistake) meant we couldn’t promote exactly in the way we wanted with custom toppers (ended up giving away the sheets). However, this didn’t matter- people took flyers for companies, while That Cafe’s delicious vegan cupcakes and Polly’s stylish jam and buttercream ones spoke for themselves.
Reynard City Chronicles issue 2
This also means that we will be getting out rewards to our Patreon and Indiegogo backers. Thank you so much for your patience!
Aside from a few hiccups here and there, overall I would say the event was great. People were very happy to get the cupcakes, we got to spread the word about the comic, got a few sales and helped support some local businesses. It was also fantastic to catch up with the likes of Jill Watkinson (aka BiscuitJill from Norfolk Tweetup), Gail D’Almaine (photographer/coffee giving lifesaver!), Victoria Rawlins (formerly of UEA Headlights), Max Phillipe Rudd (Actor/writer, Xadrum Publishing) and Emma Roache (writer/life coach).
Once again I want to give a big thank you to Baobab Marketing, Morton Reeves, That Cafe, Polly’s Pantries and Castle Quarter for making this event happen.
I hope you will support them, as well as doing what you can to support us. Digital copies are now available (More info here) or you can order a print copy via our Ko-fi shop If you are in Norwich, issues 1 and 2 are available via Bookbugs and Dragontales and Canary Comics
You can get the full credits for our group on our special thanks playlist, have a look below.
Emily Bandicoot has finished the art for issue 3, we just need to finish off the lettering (aim is to get this done for end of October)
We do also have another trailer for issue 2 lined up, plus a new video idea that I’ll be talking about soon.
Thanks again for all your support, if you want to know more about the project please email me firstname.lastname@example.org (or use the contact form!)