It was sea of fans of all shapes and sizes. At one point I was packed in so tight I felt like tuna in a can. After surviving my first two days wondering the show floor and going to various panels, I decided to spend my last day at artist alley. Since the alley was all the way hidden in the corner of the show it was a bit of a journey to get there. To my surprise it was even more crowded than the main floor. There were a ton of talent here. Some were new faces and some were old friends. First off I met Michael Sarraro and John Broglia. I met them at the last NYCC. They have a creator owned indie book called, Unmasked. It’s a great series about a reporter trying to unmasked a new generation of violent superheroes. USA Today recently did a series of articles based on these comics on their site. Don’t miss out. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2013/10/14/unmasked-digital-comic-issue-2/2978529/
Up next were creators Dave Kelly and Lara Antal. They have a comic series called, Tales of a Night Watchman. This is another great indie with two very local NYC artists. Dave is the writer and Lara is the artist. Together they’ve started up a small press publisher called “So What Press.” They’re taking part in a panel November 7 as part of the Brooklyn comics festival. The panel will be held at Hullabaloo books in Brooklyn. So if you’re in the NYC area, check them out. Here’s the info.
Of course I also took this chance to peddle some of my own comics. I find that comic creators usually buy or trade with other comic creators. So I made my rounds and sold as many copies of my new graphic novels, Techno-mancer and Flee as I could. Check out writer John Lees (creator of the Standard and many great titles.) fantastic artist Shawn Alleyne, and the Devil is Due in Deary writer David Parkin with some of my books.
All in all it was a great show. I was a little bummed that I didn’t get a table this year, but I made the most out of it anyway. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to table here at Artist Alley. It was a great comic Con. For a comic creator its a great way to network with fellow creators and make new fans. Be sure to support your indie comic creators.