It’s been almost a week since Bent-Con 2011 ended and we’re already counting down the days until the next one. It was our first big event and we had a blast meeting so many readers and fellow creators.
We had no idea how many people would show up, if people would be familiar with our comics, or if our booth would be a ghost town!
Needless to say, it didn’t take long after the doors opened on Saturday morning for our first avid fan to proudly walk up to our booth, backpack of first printings in one hand and sharpie in the other. We realized at that point we’d been shortchanging both us and our readers by not doing conventions.
Meeting you, the readers, was the single biggest feel-good experience of the convention. Your enthusiasm has fueled us up for the next century! Over the course of the weekend we had visit after visit with readers who possibly knew more details about our comics than we ourselves knew — and who are hopefully reading this now!
It was so much fun to hear about favorite characters, adored side-kicks, anticipated sequels and HATED plot details! You can bet we heard about Ghostboy’s death, Cam’s circumcision and a few other key events!
The other side to Bent-Con for us was of course meeting all these other fantastic creators that we’ve had fleeting “internet” contact with over the years. Getting an email is entirely different to seeing a smile in person, shaking hands, then getting an enormous hug! Hopefully we’ll be able to push outside of our bubble more often.
Bent-Con is an incredible opportunity to appreciate first hand the works of creators who you may already know, and discover new passions as well!
We wish we took more photos, but the honest truth is we were so positively overwhelmed that we just didn’t think of it until it was too late. We’ve posted the ones we have, and some culled from the internet, but there is no substitute to being there!
So mark December 7, 8th & 9th on your calendars for Bent-Con 2012! It’s just 362 days or eleven months and twenty six days! It’s you, the reader, that makes all of this worthwhile.
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