The Beat and Comics Worth Reading’s three posts (1, 2, 3) have much better coverage than my rambling podcasts (How many times can I say “that’s about it” or some variation thereof? God I was tired). The whole thing seemed like a blur to me. Bruce and I talked to a couple of people he used to work with at Malibu (including Shocktraumanaut Andrew Walls), and those were all interesting conversations because I’m fascinated with Malibu’s history. Most of those people confirmed that making comics is a blast if it isn’t your livelihood. Obviously getting to hang out with Ande and Phil gives me the other side of that equation, where comics are their main source of income and it’s a great way to earn a living. Still, the Malibu stories were fascinating to say the least.
The other thing about the con that I’ll mention builds on Johanna’s comments: creators in Artist Alley were looking for cash. There were no free rides with lots of reports coming back to me of people even getting charged for quickie head shots in their sketchbooks. It kind of bugs me; I can certainly understand not wanting to be taken advantage of. However, a certain amount of marketing and good will goes a long way. Trying to get a press person to buy your comic instead of giving them a free review copy boggles my mind.
Some last points: I met some new people that I’ll be keeping an eye out for their work. Brook showed off his amazing Golly pages for Markosia; I’m so excited for him. It is also cool that Bruce, Brook, Phil and I are all working for the same company. I’m looking forward to working on my next Markosia book as well as playing with the webcomic idea (trying to work on these both at the same time might be hard, but we’ll see). Oh, and everyone seemed to agree: Quick Step needs to be printed up as a mini-comic ASAP.
I’m on it.
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