I’m trying to be less negative— I don’t love Comic Cons even though the perk is you get to check out a great city (or a new city, or a city) after the show closes each day but the Catch 22 is you’re often so tired from doing the show with hours which are sometimes something like 9-9 you don’t feel like going anywhere.
The insides of conventions all kind of look the same too. There were times last year or the year before, when we did a lot of shows, that I would stop mid show floor and try to remember what city I was in.
Here’s the lineup of shows we’ve done over the past couple of years;
Charlotte North Carolina
Nashua New Hampshire
Des Moines Iowa
For Chicago we did C2E2 and Wizard— so double Chicago’s there. Chicago is great because they have the worlds greatest steakhouse in GIBSONS.
Charlotte is always fun because it’s a COMIC BOOK ONLY show. No TV or Movie stars. People are there to meet comic book creators.
Nashua New Hampshire, Springfield MA and Des Moines Iowa were all small one day shows. Des Moines and New Hampshire covered our travel and lodging which was very generous. Springfield was pretty much local being under an hour away.
Portland Oregon is a city I used to love dearly, now it’s overrun with Antifa, Homeless and Drug Addicts. I don’t feel safe there, I don’t feel safe for Veronica. Walking back to our hotel one night Veronica and I got separated and I caught up to her just as someone came out of the dark at her. Amazing how these states that don’t allow Permitted gun holders to carry there have high crime rates. I don’t love Portland anymore. The organizers of the show are terrific, they treat us like gold and we’ll do the show again but we’ll stick to just our hotel bar. Our Limo driver who was taking us back to the airport remarked that the high crime and drug addicts on the street were just “a downside to living in a city” which is totally false. New York doesn’t have it. Tokyo doesn’t have it. Chicago doesn’t have it— although there are certainly parts of Chicago you want to stay out of.
San Diego Comic Con was a blast— they treated us like royalty and even let us judge the Eisner Spirit of Retailer Award. We met some great people, we walked about 10 miles every night after the show and we did some great panels. Maybe it was so much fun because we didn’t have to set up a booth at the show— the downside being we didn’t make any money (although all our expenses, meals, travel and lodging were covered).
New York Comic Con— always fun to be back in New York. It’s got its flaws but I’ll say this— they aren’t afraid to have police presence everywhere you go. I know that makes some people nervous for reasons I can’t comprehend, but having these guys around makes me feel a lot better.
Springfield Ma- Bing Comic Con— we had a lot of fun at this show, it was a small show but with a good dedicated fan base and we did pretty good business to boot. Mark and Mike who run the show were great to us and we really had a good time.
We also did a couple of store signings; Friendly Comics in Bellingham and That’s Entertainment in Worcester— both local shops run by friends of ours so we’re always glad to visit them.
For business, we put out four issues of BLACKWOOD for Dark Horse, we handled everything on the covers and interiors from layouts to lettering— Evan Dorkin provided the script and he’s one of the best writers working today. We also agreed to do things with Archie Comics that I can’t talk about but it will be exciting.
We also did a few covers for Valiant Comics, and we’re in talks with them for more. Speaking of TV Series we have one property on the verge of being licensed by a major studio and another which is a little bit further along in the development stages.
And there is so much more, but the year isn’t over so I’ll cover more soon.