Sunday, April 26, 2009
MicroCon was awesome. I always have a much better time when I'm not trying to sell stuff and this year was all about creating buzz for the Cownt. Mission accomplished, by the way. Jessica Hickman and I didn't give away all our stickers and postcards, but we gave away lots of them and we got some people very excited to see the Cownt comic when it comes out. The rest of the swag is going to WizardWorld Chicago with us to have at Jess' Artist Alley table.
The plan is to have the comic ready to debut at FallCon in early October. Art should be finished by mid-summer, which'll give me a couple of months to get it lettered and printed. I'm going to self-publish this one and try to create some buzz. If that's successful (and if the artists are all still talking to me by then) we'll try to get a publisher for the second issue.
Like I said, folks seem very excited about the comic. One gal - who'd picked up a Cownt print at FallCon last year - was literally jumping up and down as we talked about it. She told me she has her print hanging up at home and people ask her about it all the time. She was so sweet and thrilled and it made me even more excited too. There were several people like that.
I also got a new Cownt illustration that made me howl when I saw it. I'll share it later. In fact, in addition to this being Jungle Week on the Adventureblog, I think I'm going to make it Cownt Week too and share some of the fantastic Cownt art I've collected. There's some crazy brilliant stuff and I've been meaning to show it off anyway.
I also sold some copies of Tales from the Inner Sanctum #1, a horror anthology I contributed to a while back. I thought that I'd pretty much tapped the local market for it, but since it has the first appearance of the Cownt in it, folks were curious.
I stuck pretty close to my table for most of the show, but I did get up and move around a couple of times. The very cool Adam Hansen recognized me from Robot 6 and handed me a copy of his cool 3D comic (complete with glasses!) called The Sad State of Affairs of Rooster Jack. I'll talk more about that on Robot 6 one of these days.
I also got to catch up with some friends. Here's my occasional writing partner Alex Ness, for example:
Star Wars artist extraordinaire Grant Gould:
Charles Raymond who is not only one of the nicest people in the universe, but also draws some of the cutest, funniest sketch cards you've ever seen:
Sam (Tiempos Finales) Hiti giving me the ol' stink-eye:
Horrorwood's Brent Schoonover and Brandon Terrell. I promise that Brent's eating a chip and not cleaning his teeth.
Paul (Wapsi Square) Taylor, who's also illustrating one of the Cownt stories:
Martin (Pretty Much Every Pulp Character You've Ever Heard Of And Several You Haven't) Powell:
Check out my Flickr set for more, including Jess' getting inducted into the 501st Legion (and as part of the Dive Team, which is so appropriate if you know Jess and her love of sharks).
Thanks to everyone who came out and said "hi" - including at least one reader of this blog - and to all the great MCBA volunteers who coordinated the show. I had a blast. It's the first convention of the year for me and it's going to be a tough one to beat.