I recently attended Wondercon along with a few of my other Cogswell College Comic Creation Club members. It was a really great experience for me, I got to meet people at Boom Studios and Aspin Comics (they’re like smaller versions of Marvel and DC), as well as meet some independent artists and comic writers. Two years ago, at my first Wondercon, I got a really good suggestion which was to make my own printed portfolio to hand out to people I meet at cons. So before APE (Alternative Press Expo) in 2010, I made little portfolios to give to people to showcase my art. Before this year’s Wondercon I printed about 30 of them up and got them ready to hand out. I also printed half page ads for my comic Unusual Tuesdays, and a bunch of business cards. This is something I’ve highly recommended my fellow classmates to do as its really good for things like comic or game conventions where you’re hoping to network.
I went to some great panels from Boom Studios, one was about marketing and the other was about editing. They also hosted one that was about the digital comic age, which is a big deal as that is the age we now live in. I enjoyed a panel about the comic ‘East meets West’ by Peter Powers, and another about a series called ‘Finder’ by Carla Speed McNeil. On Saturday I attended three portfolio reviews, from Lucas Arts, Aspin Comics, and Boom Studios. Boom Studios defiantly gave me the best comments of the bunch, but I learned a lot from all three. The critiques were worth the three hour wait for sure! After that I walked around and handed out my flyers to people on the floor of wondercon, letting folks know about my webcomic “Unusual Tuesdays.” It was a very productive weekend and I find myself quite invigorated by the turn of events and I’m planning my own marketing strategy for Unusual Tuesdays, going beyond just handing out free flyers. I look forward to that. Hopefully next year C5 will be able to pay for student’s tickets, or maybe even have a table. I can’t wait for next year.
C5 club president & author/artist of Unusual Tuesdays