Got back from my trip to the Pittsburgh Comicon this past weekend. It was a good show, despite a scare on Friday after some record low sales. Luckily things picked up on Saturday and Sunday, so my fears were allayed.
Most notably, I got to catch up with my pal Seth, from the old Chicago Art Night days, and he was gracious enough to put me up and show me around town. He’s now gotten all mixed up with comics scene in Steel City, and has teamed up with Shawn Atkins of Workshop 13 to work on Shawn’s comic, Explorers of the Unknown, and a clever collaborative comic project called Greenbrook started by their friends at Angry Gnome Comics.
The premise of Greenbrook was to take a basic set of characters, a loose setting (a town), and the barest plot (characters arrive, meet a not-so-helpful resident, something bad happens, and the characters have to leave in a hurry) and give it to several different artists and writers to see what happened. The result was four completely different stories ranging from sci-fi to horror to fantasy. Aside from Seth & Shawn’s story, I picked up the others by Angry Gnome, PKD Media, and Mark Menifield, and while I haven’t had a chance to read all of them, I’ve been impressed by results so far.
Shawn also penned me this awesome pic of Kate at the show. Check out his work on Explorers of the Unknown for some fun paranormal hunting action, and his other comic, Gello Apocalypse, for some good, silly fun.
Also at the show was HalfPixel’s Brad Guigar, who I had the pleasure to have a brief conversation with while finally picking up a copy of “How to Make Webcomics”. You’d think I’d know what I’m doing after being on the web for over 10 years, but I’m learning some good insights from this book. This business kind of grew up around me, and I feel I’ve constantly played a game of catch-up. My current thinking is that I’m going to take a break after completing Part Three, so I can catch my breath and plan not only for the book release, but for a substantial re-launch in the new year. I’ll let you know once I’ve made my final decisions.
Anyway, it was a good trip, and now I’m looking forward to hitting New York next week for the NY Anime Fest. Hope I’ll see some of you there!