Emerald City Comic Con is my home convention. The first year I attended was 2004 when Scott and I had first moved to Seattle. Among the tiny number of booth vendors we found one of Scott’s heroes, Donald Duck writer John Lustig, and became long-time close friends. We began exhibiting ourselves in 2005, and aside from the years we lived in Orlando (2008-2010) we’ve been exhibiting annually ever since.
When we exhibited in 2006 ECCC ran the same weekend as the Superbowl and NO ONE came. Our friends in Artist Alley gave up and we all hung out at our vendor table and joked around until it was time to go home. In 2007 we were still promoting a webcomic and did so poorly we hung up the towel on it for a year.
Now it’s 2015. We’ve been in Artist Alley since our return to Seattle because the price of vendor tables is through the roof, but also because we get to table next to people like Amy Mebberson and James Silvani who have gone from “artists we admired” to collaborators and friends we look forward to spending time with. I’ve got stories and two series in the works with multiple publishers, a stack of published work to sell and a very important script to turn in the day before for a property I never thought I’d get the chance to work on. And Emerald City has grown faster than we have, with over 70,000 attendees in 2014 and plenty of days sold-out.
After all of those years and everything I’ve published up to this point you would think it would have happened already, but this is my first year signing at a publisher’s booth at my home convention. Prior to this year I’ve only done that at SDCC, mother-of-all-cons, and that shows how the publishing attitude towards ECCC has changed.
My signing is scheduled at the IDW Publishing booth at 10 am on Sunday, March 29, hope to see you there!
Updates and announcements from the most cherished theme park in the galaxy. Scavenger hunts have invaded the park. And have you been to Old Ixion lately?
HorizonHub is also now on iTunes! I had nothing but trouble trying to apply any of the available podcast plugins to the EverTomorrow website so I ended up creating the itunes tags in the feed generator myself. That didn’t work so well either at first, I ran into a lot of walls trying to find a full example of what the tags should look like. I can’t tell you how many sources said things like “Make sure to include the <itunes:summary> tag.” Great! What does that look like? Fortunately Apple support kindly gave me the direction I needed.
All that hard work on Littlest Pet Shop opened up an opportunity for me to make two more pitches related to a property that I never thought I’d get the chance to work on. One is probably going to happen, the other was approved yesterday. The big project I was expecting to announce this year is still in approval limbo with the licenser and this new opportunity was the last thing I thought would show up on my plate, but it’s really happening! I expect I’ll be able to announce what it is and talk more about it at least by April.
I’m also now two months deep into writing a series that is definitely for younger readers and will be released digital-first. I’m expecting that announcement to happen somewhere around San Diego Con 2015, which is around the same time this new property will also be on the radar. It may be tricky to think of the same author working on both, but here is the truth…
I’ve worked on the properties I’ve been given the opportunity to work on. I’ve seen it said, particularly around the 50 Women in Comics poll that’s taking votes right now, that unless you’ve worked on DC or Marvel superhero comics you’re too indie to count as being “in comics.” Yes I’ve actually seen that in writing. A welcome rebuttal to that comment pointed out that women are rarely given that opportunity and publishing is all about opportunity. That should prepare everyone for the day my comics page suddenly veers from Strawberry Shortcake pink to Evil Dead 2 red–Strawberry was my first opportunity, horror was one of my latest.
There’s never been an objective determination of what I can and can’t write for, only the chance given to prove it or the chance withheld. I’m just as proud to be exhibiting copies of my books full of pastels and rainbows this year as I will be to show off my copies of books soaked in blood. Whichever market I’m aiming for, it’s written the way I would approach it, and while I love writing for kids, I also like taking the restrictions off once in a while. Here’s to diversifying!