I was at Motor City Comic Con this past weekend. It was kind of an experiment; a chance to see what the crowd is like and what type of stuff they buy. Since it's a local show, I don't have an excuse NOT to do it, so I figure if I'll be there every year, I should take notes.
I think I've got an idea of what I can work on for the future, but it was an interesting learning experience in other ways too. At most conventions, there are celebrities of some sort--comic and media alike. So this show was no different. But for the weekend, I was a few aisles away from one of the super-star artists of the show. The people in between us didn't have a large setup, so I could easily see their booth for the whole weekend.
You know, in all honesty, fame doesn't look all that enticing to me. First off, it easily goes to your head, and you end up believing your own press, which is always sensationalized. In this day-and-age, it's easy for the media to quickly label the hottest star of the week to be "legendary," "amazing," "cutting edge" or something like that, and let's be honest, can we really make those judgments so quickly? Would you really put so many people on such an upper-tier level? I know I couldn't. You also lose that personal connection with fans at a show. If you've ever stopped by my booth, odds are, I started talking to you about what comics your into, how you like the show, the costume you're wearing, etc. I just like talking to people at the shows. And I love it when I can talk to other artists at shows. But nothing is more awkward or off-putting than when you try to talk to an artist and they either don't have the time or don't have the care to talk to you.
So I learned about a few things that I don't want to do at a convention, which is always good.
My next convention coming up is going to be Heroes Con down in South Carolina. I'm excited for it, since I'll be able to see all my friends from SCAD while I'm there. I'll be sharing a table with Jennifer Braunstein Jenasian.deviantart.com/
, who did some art for The Book of Love Vol. II, so that will be a lot of fun.
I've got some lettering to do for Shot in the Dark Comics, too. www.shotinthedarkcomics.com/
, which is always fun.
I've been recently put on two sketch card sets for Unstoppable cards unstoppablecards.com/welcome/
, which I'm very excited about.
Lastly, if you didn't know, I have started writing reviews for the website Geekstronomy. It's a site devoted to all things in the nerd culture, so stop by the site geekstronomy.com/
, and like their facebook page too www.facebook.com/pages/Geekstr…
Well, look forward to some more art very soon.
"Suppose, now, that in the mouse tribe there should rise up one claiming rights and powers for himself above the rest, would ye not laugh consumedly?"
"The Consolation of Philosophy"