I suspect she may be from a Futurama-type Universe as Velosa uses the word ‘axed’ instead of ‘asked.’ I love subtle geek references and this promises to be chock full of them!
Inspired by World of Warcraft and encouraged by internet successes like The Guild Mathers felt the time had come to realise a concept he’d been sitting on for 5 years! He says “It’s no secret I’m pretty geeky” and “I really need to work on something that isn’t centered around NYC. Foamy, 4y, Dia & Tofu all take place in Manhattan so this gives me a chance to go beyond my comfort zone.”
I went to the UK Web & Mini Comix Thing this Saturday (March 27th). I visited it last year and it was a lot of fun but this is the first time I have exhibited a comic anywhere. It was quieter this year (I suspect because of the constant rain) but traffic picked up around lunch-time and there was a steady flow of people thereafter. Quite a lot of my online friends turned up and said hi, amongst them prestwick creator of Hard Graft and fellow member of the Webcomic Planet Collective. It was great to meeting people in the real world.
There were also a lot of people who read Epic Fail online, which suprised me, because my UK readership is comparatively small. Still I guess a lot of my readers are comics lovers and just the sort of person who would go to a comics convention! So many thanks to all the readers who came and visited my table, it was extremely gratifying. At only one year old Epic Fail is doing extremely well and that’s down to you guys.
Everyone was extremely complimentary about Epic Fail and my artwork in general (I was selling prints and hand-made jewelry as well as the comics). The comic book is very beautifully printed and has a gloss effect which made it the shiniest comic at the Thing! Several people asked me where I got it printed and it was from Pulse Print.
Now I hate travelling in London, but thankfully JJ (aka Martin in real-life) was there to guide me through the Underground and helped me at my table throughout the day. I shared my table with Rob Cureton of Orful Comics who is an awesome guy and had cake which he used to spell out the name of his comic. Later these started to get eaten which lead them turning into ‘U ROLO SCUM!’ I couldn’t get away from my table much to meet the other exhibitors, so I made my flyers into paper aeroplanes and delivered them to everyone within range.
Overall a really fun day and I hope to be back next year.
Waiting for the Coach on my way home a lady asked my why I was wearing the pointed ears and face paint. I said I had been to my first ever Comics Convention and wanted to stand out. She told me I was very brave and she didn’t know how anyone could stand in front of a whole bunch of people and tell jokes like that.
Next weekend, Saturday the 27th of March, Epic Fail will be exhibiting at the UK web & mini Comix Thing 2010. You’ll be able to get your hands on copies of Epic Fail #1 so hot of the press they’re on fire! I also hope to be selling my mini-comic Breakfast Surreal, a collection of random and hopefully amusing cartoons by yours truely. Aside from that there will be hand-made jewelry and original artwork!
I will be sharing table 26 with Rob Cureton of Orful Comics and appearing on a discussion panel on ‘Latest Technology and Webcomics’ at 11am (on the stage area at the back of the hall). I’ve also contributed 2 pages to the Thing’s Anthology the theme of which is ‘Dinosaurs.’ What will Clodin and Amuletts get up too?
It would be wonderful not to mention suprising if someone who actually read my comic turned up! This is a really fun convention with lots of talented artists plus me. So if you’re free on the 27th come along. Hell, if you’re not free cancel your plans and come along anyway! It’s totally worth it.
And right after the con I’ll be back to updating. Huzzah!
On Saturday the 28th March I went to the UK web & Mini Comix Thing. It took me around 3 and a half hours to get there. This was the first one I had ever been to and I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it. (I find travelling on the London Tube, with its crushing crowds and labyrinthine passages, pretty harrowing). On arriving in the morning I remember thinking it looked small, about the same size as a Freshers Fair.
Seven hours later, with a bulging bag of comic-books and the show about to close, I visited the last table. There is a chance I missed one; I kept thinking I had done it all then spotting something new. I’d had a great day, meeting tons of friendly artists who were happy to talk to me and seeing many beautiful creations. There was such an enormous variety there it kept me entertained the whole way through.
I was wearing fairy wings (so I might be recognised) and I did not feel out of place! No one else was wearing them, but there was an eclectic mix of dress, everyone was different. I was rather impressed that out of all these creative types not one of us had had the same idea. We stood out… and fitted in. Apparently dressing memorably is all a part of the self-promotion.
I gathered plenty of advice about web and small-press comics along with a lot of contacts. I went to one of the talks they held throughout the day which was on ‘Breaking into the Mainstream.’ The panel advocated getting yourself out there and doing plenty of legwork: no one is going to ‘discover’ you; you have to tell them you‘re out there!
I think these talks could have been publicised better – sure they were announced but if you weren’t standing right next to the announcer your chances of hearing it were slim! A big time-table stuck up at the entrance and beside the staging area where the talks were held would have been useful. Of course, if I had gone to more talks I would never have had time to get around the whole Thing, so overall I’m glad it worked out the way it did.
I will definitely be going again next year and would like to exhibit Epic Fail there sometime in the future in the future. It was enjoyable and inspiring.
I’m either popular or an incredible net whore… I wonder if you can work out which?
Tonight I am going to be on the Webcomic Reviews and Interviews Podcast, broadcasting at 6pm EST or 11pm GMT. If you make it you can listen in live, join the chat and have the opportunity to ask me questions. If you miss it it will be available for download afterwards.
My next big news if that Martin has a cameo in Between Places, a lovely webcomic with truely beautiful artwork. The story is complicated, and a little confusing at the beginning, but as it develops it all starts to come together and is a very engaging read which I thoughroughly recommend. It seems likely that Martin will cameo in future pages if that’s any incentive.
I also received a new piece of fan art. This was done by Steve who runs the game this comic is based on. He also wrote a review to try and help me in Frumph’s webcomic WAR! Thanks Steve!
Finally I have decided to have so cameos in my comic. There is a crowd scene coming up which currently looks pretty pathetic (see below). I think cameos would brighten it up nicely. Due to the setting I am requesting humans or close-to-human characters. However I am also planning to make a larger wallpaper of this scene, which could have extra characters in it including aliens, furrys or whatever. So if you want your characters to appear in Epic Fail get in touch, otherwise I might not include them.