Comic Convention season begins!

So, it’s March. And with the sun shining and the snow melting, one’s thoughts turn inevitably towards… convention season. Yes, we’re coming up on that time where at some point, you will be within driving distance of an immense gathering of comics, toys, industry professionals, and the occasional Stormtrooper unit. It’s one of the great strengths of the comic book community — the fact that you can meet your favorite artists and writers. Shake their hands. Tell them what you thought of such-and-such issue. Most creators will graciously sign your books, and many artists will give a free “quickie” sketch. You can even commission your favorite artists and watch as they draw your favorite character. Can’t do that with movies; ditto for novels, TV series, theatre, etc. Comics, though… it really adds to that whole sense of community. It’s one of the reasons why so many fans make their own comics at one time or another; and why so many stick with it despite the losses.

Now, at the same time, you must remember that these creators are there to hawk their product. They are NOT there to look at your 7-year-old’s crayon scribblings, or to debate why DC killed off the Brassiere Bombadier. As someone who used to be on the creator’s side of the convention table, I noticed that the longer someone talked to me, the less likely they were to buy anything. Also, more kids in tow = less chance of buying your book. And people, we know you paid for gas, tolls, admission and lunch to get here — we don’t buy the “oh, I didn’t bring any money” excuse. No money? Fine. Keep walking; you’re blocking my booth from potential customers.

My brother and I published two issues and one trade paperback of Twenty-Three Skidoo!, catering to our love of conspiracies, beatniks, humor and sci-fi. We lost thousands of dollars, and the bulk of the issues are still taking up space in my basement. But we’re still trying, this time converting an unpublished graphic novel into animation for a series pitch. And when we succeed; why, we’ll see you at the con.

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