What’s in Your Con Box?

Since we’re in the heart of convention season, I figured take a minute to share a bit about my convention box in this guest post. Hope you enjoy!

Tyler’s Con Box Checklist

  • Thumb tax
  • Rubber bands
  • Binder clips
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Micron Inks (005 – 08)
  • Sharpies, Copic Multiliners, and other thick black inks
  • Silver/Gold Markers
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Altoids
  • Business Cards
  • Scissors
  • Colored Markers
  • Packing Tape
  • Duct Tape
  • Post-Its
  • Colored stickies
  • Convention change envelope
  • S-Hooks
  • Box cutter
  • Convention Ledger

So, what am I missing? Any convention “must haves” I should add to my box? Please chime in in the comments and let me know!


Tyler James is a comics creator, game designer, and educator residing in Newburyport, MA. He is the writer and co-creator of EPIC, a superteen action comedy, and Tears of the Dragon, a swords and sorcery fantasy. His past work includes OVER, a romantic comedy graphic novel, and Super Seed, the story of the world’s first super powered fertility clinic. His work has been published by DC and Arcana comics.

Tyler is the publisher and co-creator of ComixTribe, a new website empowering creators to help each other make better comics.

Contact Tyler via email (tylerjamescomics@gmail.com), visit his website TylerJamesComics.com, follow him on Twitter, or check him out on Facebook

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  1. Thanks for this Tyler!

    I’m a convention rookie and will be attending my first officially this August and this is very helpful.

    Funny enough, I went for lunch today and stopped at an office supplies store and bought some of that stuff, LOL.

  2. Antoine, good luck at your first convention! I definitely winged it my first show, so with all the advice you’ve received from your Webcomic Alliance compadres, you should be in good shape. Luckily, it doesn’t take very many shows to become an “old pro” at conventioning.

      • Actually, for shows, I primarily rely on mechanical pencils. While I prefer drawing finished pencils with a regular lead, at shows I don’t want to deal with sharpening or shavings. But yeah, if you’re going with standard pencils, a sharpener is a must addition.

  3. Good stuff Tyler! Sometimes I forget about bringing change – adding it into the conbox is a great idea! As long as no one walks off with your conbox!

    One thing I would note for people who travel on planes with their conbox. It might be a good idea to check that box or include it with something else that you check, because there’s no way you’re getting on a plane with scissors – they may even question the tape with the sharp cutter edge on it.

    Thanks for sharing Tyler – I hope we can do more cross-over articles/videos in the future!

    • gooooood point Ken. I manage to pack my clothes and my con supplies in 1 big suitcase when flying… and ship my books prior. All I carry on with me is my banner stand & messenger bag, maybe with my shower type items inside. (note: 2-3oz shower type items, no more)

      My con box is actually a big trunk on wheels. It holds my books, supplies, everything but the banner stands. I have a big book rack which I tie to the trunk with a bungie cord. Usually, I can drag all that in with one trip! Then I fall over and die under my table for 20 minutes, whew.

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  5. Finally got around to watching this vid, Tyler. You brought up items I never thought of bringing before, but they will really come in handy. I especially like your pointers about cash flow and the credit card Square app. I’d be interested in having a more in-depth look at how to set that program up and what others are doing to make con cash/credit card transactions smoother. Thanks for taking time to put this video together and for going through some of those points we tend to forget when preparing for cons. Here’s to a successful convention season!

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