Before getting into the week's comics, let's wrap up Baltimore Comic-Con! It was a bit of a weird show because Diamond wasn't hosing a retailer summit this year and with New York Comic-Con the next weekend, a lot of publishers and pros didn't show up. Luckily, that made more room for the up-and-comers, and it was nice to see smaller publishers like Aftershock able to take center stage.
I went all three days this year which was a little weird. There was plenty to see and do all three days, but it meant that there were a lot of awkward interactions. Once you've decided not to buy somebody's comic, you remember them, but they're not going to remember you and will just keep asking each time you walk by. At some point I was pretty stressed out and some nice exhibitor asked me if I liked table-top gaming and I said "no" as though she had accused me of murder.
With three days to fill I had to divide up my time: I spent Friday finding all the local comics people, buying their latest work, and getting a feel for the layout of the con, Saturday was getting some commissions (more on that below) and buying comics, and Sunday was collecting commissions and tying up loose ends. I didn’t spend any time this year chasing signatures on comics, and only talked to two of the people over at the fancy tables: Meredith Finch and Marguerite Bennet. If you know their work you won’t be surprised, and if you don’t, what are you doing with your life?
On Saturday I attended a panel on diversity hosted by the people behind Pop Culture Uncovered, which was really great. They discussed the current sorry state of representation in nerdy pop culture and share their personal experiences growing up in the even less diverse bad old days. Funny, smart, knowledgeable and engaging - I’d recommend their podcasts wholeheartedly.
Saturday was also the day that I wore my Mockingbird Volume 1 memorial “Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda” t-shirt, and over a dozen people took me up on that. It was great telling people my political agenda, the actions I take, the causes I support, as well as my comics agenda of supporting women and members of marginalized groups. The best part is asking them if they have a feminist agenda - not too pointedly, mind you. It was a lot of fun!
Okay, on to commissions, and speaking of Marguerite Bennet (it was only two paragraphs ago), I got this sweet DC Bombshells-style Kate Kane Batwoman commission by Kit Steele, somebody I’ve been trying to get some original art from for years:
I also have 2 sketchbooks that I take to cons. The first is around the theme of “Superhero Dance Party” and this year I got Emily Swan to draw a hilarious Kamala Khan. The other is one where I ask female creators to draw their original characters, and Jade Feng Lee drew me her titular Half Moon Heroes:
I love getting commissions on sketch covers. What I do is buy a whole bunch of blanks, take notes on my phone of what characters I’d like drawn on each, and then head to Artist Alley and get a good look at the art style of people doing commissions and ask them to draw something I’d like to see in their style. I also have a patented 5-step process for pricing:
How well does it work? Well, as far as pricing goes I was glad to see that one young man had priced himself right out of my budget since last year. As for the art, see for yourself:
So what was good in comics this week?
And what was bad?
That’s enough for this week - hopefully I will get next week’s post up on a more timely basis.
|Gender-diverse Books||15 (48%)||574 (47%)|
|Non-cis-male Creators||29 (21%)||938 (17%)|