Our first year with both a table and a panel at Rose City Comic Con went really well! A big thanks to Katie Anderson, Stephanie Griggs, Anna Ho, and Robin Coon who volunteered. At the table, we spent most our time talking to people about the Harry Potter Alliance or Harry Potter in general. (We were the only HP dedicated table at RCCC.) We also sold buttons and had raffles on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s raffle was for House bags made by Robin, and Sunday’s for two tickets to the Yule Ball. (As of now, the Ravenclaw bag and the Yule Ball tickets are not yet claimed.)
On Friday, we hosted our panel, “Harry Potter Alliance – The Weapon We have is Love” in Panel Room 8, at 6:30. Considering we were going up against Weird All Yankovic, we have a pretty good turnout. We talked about the history and mission of the HPA, and the recent events that the Portland Chapter has hosted. We focused on the difference that can be made by small acts, and how we all can change the world. It was well received, and several people visited our table afterward to ask for more information on getting involved.
Overall, we connected with a lot of Harry Potter fans and made a little money. It was a good weekend for the PDX HPA.
By the numbers:
77 people signed up for the PDX HPA email list.
31 new members have joined one of the Facebook groups.
$477 was earned in button and raffle ticket sales. ($425.35 will go toward paying back the investment in our new button maker and printing.)