Monday, May 24, 2010

Summit City Convention Review


Well, SCCC turned out to be one of the best shows I've attended. And I've attended the biggies. But this gathering in Ft. Wayne, Indiana had a great focus on indie-artists, self-publishers, and Web comics, so it was perfectly timed with my launch of the Ramone Web comic strip. I got a chance to promote Ramone and his sites to several great artists and writers at the show, and got some encouraging responses from some successful experts in the business. It's nice to get good feedback from people who know what it takes to make it.

Two of the panels I attended - All-Ages Comics Panel, and Web-Comic/Indie-comic Publishing - made the trip to the con totally worth the drive (and I drove several hours round trip that day). Lots of good advice, again, from people who know the industry.

The vendors were excellent, but not so overpopulated that it was overwhelming, and one helped me fill a gap in my Fantastic Four collection that I didn't think I would fill for many years. At a convention this size, you really do get more time at each booth. Seems like that can translate into a better experience for the creators/vendors and the attendees.

I met some super-talented-friendly artists and creators, and I'll be posting some of their work on here the next few days with links to their sites. Special thanks to Katie Cook, whose on-line Gronk comic is how I found out about the con in the first place. And thanks to Dave Losso, whose painting and art have inspired me to double my efforts to get the Ramone Cologne comic book ready in time for Mid-Ohio Comic Con!

The image here is the custom Ben Grimm watercolor Dave did for me at the show this weekend. If you haven't already, go check out Dave's "Drawing Staches" site and Issue 1 of the Great Sandwich Detective comic series. You won't be disappointed. http://davelossoart.blogspot.com/

Great show all-in-all, and I'm looking forward to next year's.

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