Balticon Or Bust

I know I’ve been pretty negative in the articles I’ve written recently, and I probably hated it more than most of you. Well, rest assured that those days are over with, and they aren’t coming back. Instead, I thought I’d give you guys a bit of a heads up about something I’m doing that I found interesting. Not interesting because I’m doing it, but because it sort of breaks the norm. As far as I’ve seen anyway, I could be wrong. If so, someone with a lot more experience is bound to correct me. Which is fine, I’m still a bit green when it comes to matters of the webcomic “industry”.

A few of my webcomic buddies and I will be headed to Balticon in Baltimore, MD over Memorial Day weekend. This isn’t a huge to-do in itself, lots of webcomic creators go to conventions to represent themselves and sell their stuff. This will be the first time that Balticon has played host to the webcomics community though. I’m not sure if a few creators have gone before us or not, but this is the first time we were invited because we created webcomics. The coordinators of the convention are trying to work out panels for podcasters as well.

I’m not sure how often this happens, but I’m pretty happy to see a convention taking enough interest in webcomics to go outside of there designated “shtick” and personally invite a few webcomic creators to their little shindig. Greg, the program coordinator for Balticon, came to last month’s Washington Webtoonists meeting and invited us to attend. It should be good for getting the community a little extra exposure as a whole, not to mention some of the lesser-known artists out there. From what I’ve seen and heard about this convention, it’s shaping up to be a good time too…provided you’re not chained to an artist’s table all weekend.

So, if you find yourself in the Baltimore-DC area between the 26th and 29th of this month, stop by and say hello. I think I speak for all of us in attendance when I say it’d be nice to meet you.


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