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THIS WEEKS BLOG....
comic sneak preview and con
Comic-Con International is right around the corner,
however, for the first time since...hell, I don't even
remember life before it, Arsenic Lullaby will not be
exhibiting. I have a very specific situation making it
more prudent for me to be doing something else that
weekend, BUT we will be back next year. ...cut me some
slack,eh, this is the first one I've had to miss
To be clear, there is no issue with me and CCI, it's an
awesome show, an important show, I love it, everything
copacetic between us and it pains me to miss this
ON that subject...
Everyone who wants the comic
book industry to survive (for the oh...five or so years
it has left if it doesn't get it's sh*t together and
prepare for Marvel, DC or both to stop publishing
comics) should bow down and thank Comic Con
International for somehow staying alive for two years
with no income.
Make no mistake, if they had not
come back, the pop culture would have made note of that
and the whole world would be talking about how comics
have lost their mojo and considering the medium to be
going the way of the dinosaur. Instead, they are alive
and are once again putting on a fantastic bad asss
convention that will be talked about around the world,
on the news, on every social media, and on the lips of
every pop culture influencer, professional, and carpet
If you are going, here's a tip from me,
who knows a thing or two. I've circled on the map below,
the best places to spend your time. They are the areas
that contain the talent, the indy publishers, the up and
comers...the new or at least not used up ideas. AND the
section circled in blue often times has original art
from the golden age of comics...this is stuff that
should be in museums. You'll be able to cast your eyes
on the actual hand drawn pages of some of the most
important comics ever published by some of the greatest
illustrators to ever walk the earth...and in most cases,
this show is the ONLY place you'd be able to see it in
I'd advise these areas....
Forget the hype, you purchased a ticket, made the plans,
made the effort to go to the crown jewel of all comic
cons...your time is best spent going to tables/exhibits
with things you could NOT see anywhere else.
Otherwise...you could have just stayed home and bought
stuff online, knowwhatimean.
and if you're going say hello, for me, to ...
know, usually along the east wall between A and
annnddd...I don't know who else is going, and I don't
have time to look.
So...my first appearance will be at c2e2, which is the
last con I did before...you know...so it's fitting, I
suppose to bookend that disaster with the Chicago con.
Probably just as well I not start right up again at CCI,
since it's been several years since I've talked to
thousands of people in one weekend, and being charming
and friendly ain't exactly my default setting. We'll see
how c2e2 goes, and if I even remember how to do that.
This whole thing seems bizarre now. You know, another
lifetime ago when I did stand up, I'd technically
betalking to several hundred people...but not
individually, and in some of the clubs there' be a
f*cking spotlight right in my eyes and I couldn't really
even see past the first bunch of tables. It's sort of a
weird hybrid actually...never mind, I gotta go.
If anything changes, I'll let you know here.
Next week, sneak previews of someof what I'm working on
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