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So after taking advantage of our hotel’s free breakfast(and spilling 2% milk all over my pancakes) we headed out for Intervention Day 2. We arrived at out table and actually wound up with a pretty good day. The morning started off a little slow(which I’m sure had NOTHING to do with the room parties,AT ALL) but things picked up fairly quickly. I ran into some more friends from last year like Bree Rubin(NERD Comics) and Blue(Hello The Future) and Barb Fischer and Chris Impink(SledgeBunny) and Carl Kesner(Mysticon VA) . Saturday was also my busiest day of the con with 3 panels in the afternoon, 2 of which were back to back. With a 8 months pregnant wife holding down the fort while I’m gone, that’s a long time to go without a bathroom break. The first panel was “Young Guns Kicking It:The New Kids on the Block. I’m 38,so I don’t know how long I’m gonna pass for a Young Punk,but whatever. Myself,Eric Menge(Snow by Night), Christiann MacAuley(Sticky Comics) ,and Tovias(Reality Amuck). We spent an hour talking about our inspirations, our triumphs and failures and other lessons learned from making a webcomic. The only thing I wish we had touched more on was the business side,which Eric is an expert at,but that’s down to me letting us wander too far and wide about art.At the end of this panel the same young lady from my Offensive Topics panel,whose name I learned was Blair, had not only drawn the panel, but also drawn TWO pictures of me.She then graciously gave me the drawings, which you can see on our Facebook page.I can’t wait to see what she does with her talent in the future
The second panel was Webcomic Innovation with Chris Impink(SledgeBunny), T.Campbell(The Guilded Age),Myself, and Benjie and Peej(Slackjaw The Working Dead) .I felt a little overwhelmed between T. Campbell’s Crossword puzzle webcomic and the Flash using goodness of Slackjaw. Still it was a great panel with lots of audience input and left me wanting to do so much more with my own site and strip.
I got to spend an hour back at my table,but it wasn’t resting.We were interviewed for a blog,had several people stop and talk,and I was late for my last panel because we got swamped with people wanting books(not that it’s a bad thing).I finally made it to Web Comics Improv with Myself,Chris flick(Capes and Babes),Ben Kahan(Ansem Retort),and Barb Fisher(SledgeBunny). We weren’t sure who was supposed to be the host, but luckily Eric Kimball(Blade Bunny) stepped in and got us going. I know I write a webcomic that is supposed to be funny,but Improv is a beast I have trouble with.Still I enjoy the challenge and the audience enjoyed it,plus I not only won the internet, but got to declare my love to Chris Flick in front of a room full of people so,Good Times.
After the Dealer room shut down Saturday I was invited to a Meet and Greet party in the Con Suite between guests of Intervention,and The Enablers,people who had donated money to help Intervention happen this year.I spent some time meeting people and trying to win new fans,while trying to look like I really did belong in a room alongside Pete Abrams(Sluggy Freelance). After the party a bunch of us descended on the Gordon Biersch Restaurant and Brewery,and I mean a bunch. Myself,My Wife,Chris Flick(Capes and Babes),Eric Menge(Snow By Night),Brittany Michel(Snow By Night), Dawn Griffin(Zorphbert and Fred), Tony D.(SuperFrat), William”Shaggy”Chrapcynski(Binary Souls/Other Dimensions) and his wife,Elizabeth Staley(Adrastus) and her husband,Chris Otto and Ben Taylor(A Dog’s Life) and Rob Stenzinger(Art Geek Zoo). It was great sitting around and swapping stories,and tips with everyone and just enjoying ourselves.I hope we can make this an annual tradition.
Sunday was a slower day than Saturday,I sold a few books,gave away a couple of sketch cards and made the rounds to say goodbye to everyone.We had to leave a little early because of the long drive ahead of us but we enjoyed ourselves immensely.I want to thank Onezumi and Harknell for having us again this year.I want to say Hi to everyone that stopped by the table,and thank them for their time.Finally a big shout out to everyone I have mentioned in this article because…..
I have read your webcomic,and Penny arcade sucks.
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So a week ago Intervention 2011 was wrapping up.This marked my second year as a guest and I’m hoping they’ll let me come back for a third year(Hint,Hint).We left home Friday morning,after rising at 4:30, to begin the long drive to the Yankee homeland of Maryland.After breakfast at IHOP and checking into our hotel, we headed over to the Hilton to set up.We were located at Table 43 in the Artist’s Alley/Dealers Room.This put us at the end of the aisle next to Kara Dennison of Conscrew.com and across from my long lost EVIL twin Jessi Bavolack of Geeks Next Door . In the spot Hainted Holler occupied last year was a new webcomic called Snow By Night by Eric Menge and Brittany Michel. We had met Eric Last year at Intervention when he became the first person to ever buy my first collection of strips “Beware the Boon”. We kept tradition alive and Eric became the first person to buy the second collection “Hainted Holler 2:Redneck Boonaloo”. Back in May we saw him and Brittany at Balticon,and learned about Snow by Night. I wasn’t jealous since it meant the two of them had to spend a weekend looking at Tovias of Reality Amuck .Fridays are usually slow for a con, so we wandered around to see who was new and who we remembered from last year. We caught up with Mike Donohue of The Cow and writer/webcomicker Elaine Corvidae who does novels and The Riven Sol comic .We also ran into Jennifer Zyren Smith(LaSalle’s Legacy) whom we met at Balticon earlier this year. I manged to get my free copy of DC Conspiracy presents Magic Bullet from Rafer Roberts(Plastic Farm) and meet the Bored in the Basement guys face to face. Both of these groups help the independent artist get their work out to the public in the form of print(Dc Conspiracy) or limited run t-shirts(BitB) so throw some love their way.
Friday proved to be slow and we spent more time goofing off and talking to the attendees than selling anything.Truthfully I was a little glad because I was on auto pilot for most of the day, do to the insane time I had woken up that morning. After the dealer room shut down, my wife and I checked out some of the other rooms that were set up before heading to my first panel “There is a Line:Offensive Topics and How to Handle Them” My fellow Panelists were Ben Kahan(Ansem Retort) , T.Campbell , Mike Hall and Ryan Thompson(Darkstar Studios) .We had a pretty good turnout considering we were up against Super Art Fight an Dating Advice For Nerds.As always it was an interesting discussion,with lots of audience interaction.Afterwards one of the audience members came up with a drawing she had done of the entire panel,which Ryan kept for himself. Afterwards we just headed to our room and crashed.
Blue’s website Hello The Future sums her up best. Girl.Guitar.Geekrock. I had the pleasure of meeting her and hanging out with her at Intervention last year during a session of YouTube Karaoke.Since then I’ve become a huge fan of her and her musical stylings even becoming a member of Team Awesome so I could get a new song every week from her. Now here’s the deal,She’s releasing a new album called Sidekicks and Other Songs over on BandCamp and you can get a copy of it HERE .Now just a download is five bucks,BUT,if you’re willing to spend a little more on some bundles you can walk away with some sweet bonus stuff including a live concert from Blue herself.While you’re there pick up her other albums as well and don’t forget to mention you heard about her from me.It won’t get you anything better,but it might get me some free swag, and let’s be honest on this site it’s all about me.
I know it’s late but I wanted to take some time and thank SheVaCon for having me this year as a guest.I hope to be there again next year as well.I was in Artist’s Alley friday along with Becky Seashols ,Denise Parrish , Nicole Goff and Kristy “Illusioner” Gilbert .Friday was my busiest day at the con, since my wife couldn’t get off work to accompany me, I had to set up,moderate 2 panels,and then tear down for the night.This was because Artist’s Alley was in the dining area of the hotel restaurant and they needed the space for breakfast saturday morning.The first panel was Webcomics…Past,Present,and Future with me ,and, No one else.Honestly this turned into a Q&A with the audience,which I loved.We discussed what makes a webcomic,the difficulties inherent in making one,digital vs paper,and many other topics.After grabbing dinner with some friends I returned for There Is A Line:Handling Potentially Offensive Topics in Creative Pursuits.Besides myself there was David Forbes author of The Osserian Saga, Betty Cross ,author of Discarded Faces, and Pete Prellwitz ,author of the Shards series.This remains one of my favorite panels to moderate.We discussed the role of the creator,and his/her responsabilities to the story,characters,and audience.Then we covered having characters who expressed a point of view that the author or cartoonist doesn’t share,as well as the neccessity of pushing the line or tackling uncomfortable subjects.The audience was responsive and opinionated as well,which I love,and kept the discussion flowing.In short a great panel.
Saturday my wife and I arrived early to walk around and check out the Dealer’s Room.Spotting an empty table we checked with the staff and,after paying the difference,claimed it for Hainted Holler.While setting up I knocked over my bag,into Peter S. Beagle’s banner,knocking it over onto his head.I apologized and set it upright again.Our location was great,across the aisle from Virginia Hey (Farscape),Behind Peter S.Beagle(The Last Unicorn) and beside Jim O’Rear (Thong Girl 3&4). We settled in and began people watching,taking pictures of the cosplayers that wandered by.I had no panels I was a member of so I wandered into World Building in a Fantasy Genre withLeona Wisoker (Secrets of the Sands) and David Forbes.Wonderful panel that helped me wrap my head around an idea I’ve had for several years,and I want to thank Leona for the worksheet she gave the attendees.On the way back to the Dealers Room,where my friend Mike was pretending to be me,I got to talk with Matt Busch who’s Zombie movie posters were incredible.(Later he came by my table to offer some advice and used my sharpie to sign a fan’s autograph.This Sharpie is available for only $129.99 with all proceeds going to me.)
After the Dealer’s room closed My wife and I,along with David Forbes, Nancy Brauer (Strandline), and Elaine Corvidae and her husband, went to dinner. I felt a little bad for my wife and Elaine’s husband trapped at a table with the four of us geeking out over various things,and discussing books and writing.Sunday was slow with us doing a walkaround and getting e-mails,and promising to meet up at other cons.The big highlight was Peter Beagle coming to my table and sharing stories of his life,and writing tips and even a couple of embarrassing con stories of his own.After a lunch with some out-of-town friends we headed home,and spent the next few days acclimating to “normal” life,battling colds and discovering our first child will arrive in the fall.Thanks to SheVaCon for a great weekend,to the fans both old and new we met,and all the new friends we met.