Intervention 2011 or “I have read your webcomic and…” Part 1on September 26, 2011 at 12:01 am
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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.