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Best con ever [Jun. 27th, 2007|11:39 am]
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Before going into a con report, I’d like to personally thank every single person who came by our table and contributed to making this the most successful comic convention I’ve ever exhibited at (in over 14 years of doing comic shows!).

Assorted thoughts…

I love comics.

The MoCCA Art Fest felt like everything you want an awesome indy comics festival to be.
It built off the success of the past and keeps growing-–in controlled moderation. A lot of post con talk was about whether MoCCA jumped the Shark, whether because of the addition of Wizard and DC Comics, or because they had to take an elevator to see the rest of the show. I personally thought adding an extra floor was a great idea. Certainly preferable to moving the event to another location (which is always thrown around in these discussions). The Puck building is such a huge part of what makes MoCCA feel so different from other comic shows, even indy-centric ones like SPX and APE. People are just happy to be there in general and people new to the comics world are always impressed when they step through the Puck’s doors. The atmosphere is just completely charming and on a day as warm and beautiful as this past weekend, it’s borderline magical. Many artists I spoke with shared feelings of being swept up by all the creativity and inspiration on display. Even artists who felt out of the game were born again by the Mecca that is MoCCA.

Granted, that’s not to say every exhibitor had their best show ever. But most people still seemed in good spirits by the overall vibe of the show. And people with lots of new books on hand seemed to have the best advantage to clean up.

Of course since there had never been additional exhibitors on the 7th floor before, there was going to be some learning curves as people finally make their way up there. And it was definitely rewarding for all the people who eventually did—I ended up buying way more stuff from people on the 7th floor!

But obviously there is never any guarantee on what will impress people at a given moment in time. I talked to plenty of people who did great on both floors and plenty of people who did crap. 2 years ago I was buying stuff that looked really interesting and different…attracted to unusual design and packaging. This year I was looking for comics with actual stories in them and ignored a lot of stuff that I would have checked out in the past. I also was less likely to spend more than $3 on a mini-comic , no matter what kind of paper or printing process they used. But the great thing about MoCCA is there’s enough of pretty much every type of comic to appeal to people with all sorts of diverse tastes.

Bottom line, I was glad that there was more stuff to check out in general this year. The added 7th floor meant there was even more variety of material and gave people a reason to stick around longer. Because there’s only so many times you can pass by the same exhibitors without feeling a tint of embarrassment. An extra floor or panels around the corner are great ways to change it up and extend the fun.

It does suck that tables have gotten so expensive, but as long as the show is in NYC, that will always be a problem. I don’t know any shows where things have gotten cheaper. And no one really talks much about the small Midwest shows that have stayed small and intimate, except the people who live near them.

I’d rather MoCCA grow into something that allows more people to be exposed to great comics than it being just a place for indy cartoonists to trade books amongst themselves.
Although I’m glad that there’s still some great trades going on too and a sense of community among the artists. I love seeing so many of my friends all in one awesome pace. It’s less about competition and more like a giant hi-five of comics-making creativity!

Can’t wait for next year!
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[User Picture]From: skry
2007-06-27 04:38 pm (UTC)

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Nifty that you had a great time. Will you be in San Diego this year?
[User Picture]From: yaytime
2007-06-27 10:09 pm (UTC)

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Yes! It will be here so soon
[User Picture]From: skry
2007-06-27 11:20 pm (UTC)

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Whoopy! Hope to see you at Bucca di Beppo, or some such place again.
[User Picture]From: steveflack
2007-06-27 04:49 pm (UTC)

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Sure people may complain about the price of tables, but every year, there will be a wait list of people who want one.

Great con, as always.

Oh, and read Teen Boat last night. You guys never cease to amaze me. I want more now.

-Steve!
[User Picture]From: blueduck37
2007-06-27 05:01 pm (UTC)

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Looks like fun!!

If I hadn't been gaying it up down 5th avenue, I definitely would've been there.
[User Picture]From: yaytime
2007-06-27 10:11 pm (UTC)

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Yeah seems like MoCCA always overlap with other major NYC events. Which was part of why I was so glad this year still had a great turn out. Ideally there should be enough time to do everything!
[User Picture]From: debbiehuey
2007-06-27 05:41 pm (UTC)

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The thing I really love about MoCCA is that it is a COMICS show. APE is continuing to grow as a comic/craft show, which is OK, because crafts are cool too, but I really enjoy seeing the COMICS! Hopefully I'll get to go next year...
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[User Picture]From: mildmannered
2007-06-27 06:38 pm (UTC)

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HUNH???
[User Picture]From: mildmannered
2007-06-27 06:04 pm (UTC)

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hey! when did you draw in my notebook? I just found that!
[User Picture]From: yaytime
2007-06-27 06:11 pm (UTC)

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sneakily at Spring Street Natural
[User Picture]From: mildmannered
2007-06-27 06:36 pm (UTC)

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You are so sneaky!
[User Picture]From: jetbaby
2007-06-27 07:06 pm (UTC)

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Sounds like a great time. Sorry I couldn't be there, myself; peanut was sick as a dog all weekend. Your Comics Bakery booth looks great!
[User Picture]From: hellokatierose
2007-06-27 07:29 pm (UTC)

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it was so much fun this year! and you are right it must stay in the puck building! I loved how when the big apple con people came in to annouce the bus was leaveing for there all of the cartoonist rolled their eyes at the Thor wannabe in a kilt.
[User Picture]From: tylermartin
2007-06-27 08:05 pm (UTC)

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That's awesome Dave. Maybe I'll be able to make it out there by next year.
[User Picture]From: yaytime
2007-06-27 10:12 pm (UTC)

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Lunchbox Funnies booth! Construction starts now!
[User Picture]From: lonebeatnik
2007-06-27 09:50 pm (UTC)

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your kind words are like a warm hug before thanksgiving dinner or something.
as always, lemme know if you have any ideas to make next year awesomer/less sucky. :D
[User Picture]From: yaytime
2007-06-27 10:13 pm (UTC)

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Congrats on pulling off! I'm putting in a bid for the same location next year. Or one table over so we're not blocking the fire exit :)
[User Picture]From: nervousystem
2007-06-28 12:27 am (UTC)

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I did not come by to bug you at all this show! I'm glad you did well; your positive outlook is always revitalizing!

[User Picture]From: artemna
2007-06-28 01:46 am (UTC)

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We grew to love the 7th floor! It was our own li'l magical airship. Super con, and super seeing you guys and crashing your dinner!
From: (Anonymous)
2007-06-28 03:41 pm (UTC)

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Hi Dave,

Not only did my Fletcher Hanks book sell out at MoCCA, but it is crashing through the Amazon chart with a bullet. So if anyone is contemplating purchasing the book, I suggest that you hop to it. Fantagraphics made a small press run. It may sell out! What a world!

For readers unfamiliar with Hanks work, may I suggest that you go to the BONUS page of my website and see the bizarre Fantomah story that is NOT included in the book:

www.fletcherhanks.com
[User Picture]From: mr_cow
2007-06-28 05:53 pm (UTC)

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I thought it was just a fantastic show and can't wait to make it back next year. Plus, it was great to finally visit with you and meet Raina. I'm speaking for both me and Jen. We both had a great time. :D
From: (Anonymous)
2007-06-30 06:42 pm (UTC)

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odd1906evil@even2006good.com

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This is an enviornment that forces women to accept this exclusionary enviornment. However there IS an alternative::::Assimilate through a process of masculinization.
The gods instruct AI to make the girls experience this in hope they feel uncomfortable and seek. Unfortunately the legacy of corruption is firmly in place and too many of those cast into damnation won't be returning.

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I think these are the TRUE candidates for immortality. This is not to say there won't be sexualized people who make it, but those who do likely practice minimally and monogamously in the context of marriage, and that would exclude most if not all from modern society.
The sexualization of children is yet another example proving the gods are preditory on children::::It eliminates these individuals from contention immediately.
[User Picture]From: marcpw
2007-07-03 05:12 am (UTC)

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Glad you had a great, successful time. The Art Fest truly is an amazing show. I'd personally love for it to be a little longer (such as starting Friday afternoon), because the word "overwhelming" annually comes to mind with MoCCA. It'd be a blast-and-a-half to have more time to look around, meet the ultracreative folks and get to know their works. Cool write-up!
[User Picture]From: tsuyoimomonga
2007-07-04 03:33 pm (UTC)

LifeMeter, etc.

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Hey, I was just wondering what one would need to do to get into next year's LifeMeter anthology. By the way, I really enjoy your Astronaut Elementary stuff.
[User Picture]From: yaytime
2007-07-04 11:43 pm (UTC)

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Well we're not 100% Sure there will be another Life Meter book. But we certainly hope so!
We usually hand select the artists for the books based on their past submissions to the LM website.
So if someone submits some really funny or well drawn comics that fit the LM submission guide on the site then we encourage them to submit something for the books.
[User Picture]From: tsuyoimomonga
2007-07-05 03:53 am (UTC)

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What would someone need to do to submit something? I'm currently working on a non-gaming strip now, but I had a few ideas that I might want to shoot over there.
[User Picture]From: yaytime
2007-07-05 04:07 am (UTC)

Re: LifeMeter, etc.

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al the info is on the site:

http://lifemetercomics.com/about.html