Yesterday, Bekah and I went to the most recent iteration of The Boston Comic Con. A few years ago, Wizard World held a con in Boston. It was a big affair, like all of their conventions are. Since that stopped, this has been the biggest thing to happen in comics in the North East.
Everyone was talking about the fact that there was a line wrapped around the building all day on Saturday. That is pretty cool. That is a good sign for the economy as whole, the comics economy in particular, and the local comics economy in the very particular.
These shows are getting better and better, bigger and bigger.
My main concern, though, was how to go about marketing myself. I am a writer without a book. And the months and months of scripts that I do have are in script form. Common wisdom says that no one reads scripts. I am not sure if that's true.....but it seems true enough that I decided to just focus on networking.
To that end, I did meet a lot of cool comics people. As this whole project is meta-fictional in nature, I will be honest up front about the function of this post. This is not simply reporting what happened, this is part of networking. These links will bring folks to and from my site. Though these mentions are self serving, my opinions are sincere. So, in teh order that I grab them off of my "contacts" pile.
HBComics was there with their issues of Lazerman and a new superhero title called Vindication. It is great to see that these guys are still cranking out the books.
Bekah bought a few comic books from Diego Chaves at the Vigilante Journals table. The books were slick looking and well colored and the guys at the table seemed to be having a good time.
Talk about niche marketing..... Chaotic Kiss bills itself as "transgender manga". Almost every single person who sees this will walk past, as I did, with a politely interested "that's not for me". But that tiny sliver of the population who stops and says "That's for me!" are sure to be fans for life.
I talked for a while with Mark Slater of Natural Line Studio. He had a lot of nice looking art and seemed to have a very balanced out look on the industry in general. He told a few breaking-in stories which I don't doubt for a second.
We talked with Ben Thompson for a while about his work and the current project he was working on. The project seems terrific and he is clearly being under-marketed. He is exactly the kind of artist who can benefit from a studio umbrella. He was doing fine, and was willing to talk about himself and his work, but it is a shame that it isn't enough in comics to simply be good at what you do. You also have to be good at telling people that you are good at what you do.
The guys at Comic Coma had some good ideas about networking. I like good ideas, so I'm going to check back in and see what comes of it. If it works, the end result will be more good comics out there. Nothing wrong with that.
Cara Judd, who seems to go by Cheshyredrops online, has some nice looking art hat does not really suit my personal tastes. She has a business card, which implies that she is in the business of art, but she makes two mistakes with it. The first is that the web page listed on her card has nothing but a "coming soon" banner. This leads to her second mistake which is relying on her deviant art page. Artists seem to love Deviant Art, but to outsiders, it is very user-unfriendly. It is hard to navigate and offers little in terms of "current projects" or sales. But, until the personal page is complete, Deviant Art is all we have.
On the other hand, Sara Richard uses her site to market herself very well. Her style looks cool and I would like to see what she could do with sequential pages.