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NYCC debrief
No, I didn't take my pants off.

So I am sorry, I really, really wanted to reply to each and every one of you who commented on my post about ethnicity, but I got caught up with work stuff and totally overwhelmed. As it was, it was taking me days to say something meaningful and thoughtful to all your amazing and insightful comments.

It is really interesting to see how many definitions of ethnicity we have-- is it where you come from? Is it what you're raised? Is it a skin color, a kind of nationalism? A surprising number of people commented about how they might have answered 'wrong,' and I felt a little badly about that. There wasn't, as far as the poll was concerned, a right or wrong way to answer.

So, since last I posted, wow. I have been hella hella busy at New York Comic Con. Friday, I went to see a panel where Scott McCloud and Douglas Rushkoff. I thought it was great just listening to two brilliant people talk to each other about comics. I also got to meet Scott McCloud's wife, Ivy, who is awesome and has awesome shoes.

Then, it was time to get to work. I walked the entire Artists' Alley of the convention and got loads of cards and talked to people about how awesome ComicSpace is. It was so much fun; I had a seriously amazing time just talking to all these people and hearing about what they're doing. I got to see such an amazing amount of work in such a wide variety of genres; it was jawdropping.

After that...oh lordy. Bit of an emergency. Biggest problem with the day was that we didn't have business cards. So Joey asked me to go get cards made at a store. No problem, right? I call up Staples, ask the girl on the phone what I need to get business cards made. She tells me, I run to Staples...

But she didn't exactly instruct me correctly. So I run home from Staples, design business cards in Photoshop from start to finish, run BACK to Staples...at which point, Staples is closing in forty minutes. The girl at the desk was clearly frustrated but handled the thing amazingly well and got them all done. So she is now my hero. Sadly, this meant missing dinner and other stuff which would have been fun.

SATURDAY, we had a few really interesting meetings with cool people. Then, ran into Larry Marder (with whom we had lunch the day before), Dirk Tiede, and Alexander Danner on the way to Scott's panel about Zot! (after we sadly realized we'd missed the panel entitled: "Webcomics: Threat or Menace?"). But dude. The panel was at the same time as the panel for Avatar? OMFG. From sitting where we were in the room where Scott's panel was, we could seriously hear what sounded like ROLLERCOASTER NOISES coming from the room next door. That or a Godzilla attack. I'm not really sure. Anyway, that was really cool, in spite of the shrieking people, because I hadn't seen much of Zot! before.

We stomped around the floor, hung out a bit, and then all went to dinner. Dinner was fabulously fun, and, in order to spread Scott McCloud's new trademark meme, I have to tell you all about Buddy Cianci, (see-ann-see) the former mayor of Providence, whose wife was named Nancy Ann.

Say it. "Nancy Ann Cianci."

I looked Buddy up on Wikipedia. His wife's name was Sheila. I did find a Nancy Cianci who passed away of cancer in Connecticut in 2007, and one who runs the Carriage House Inn in Bovina Center, NY. But that's it.

Then I left and went for a beer with Dirk and Alexander and Dirk's wife, Emily, and a whole bunch of other friends of theirs. That was awesome. And then I went home and sleeped.

Sunday, I got to the con before Joey did, so I went to a panel featuring blackholly and Shannon Hale, both of whom I really like, and I was about to go to the Stan Lee panel but then I was like, hmm, girls' YA writers at a comic panel? Must go! And I was very glad I did! I poked Holly after and ended up talking to her for a bit about random geeky stuff, and she had some really interesting comments on my final girl theories which I am going to post about later, because she made a comment about male victims that really interested me. Then I went upstairs and on the way to say hi to Shannon, I ran into Libba Bray, who had also attended their panel and had made Shannon a "Total Eclipse of the Heart Angel" doll...and I chit-chatted with her a little bit, and then went to say hi to Shannon and her husband at the Books of Wonder booth. I got there just as Peter Glassman, who owns Books of Wonder, got there, so I stuck around so I could say thank you for running the most awesome bookstore in the world.

Both Shannon and Holly have graphic novels coming out in the next year that look amazing.

Then my mom showed up! So I took her to meet Peter and we ended up buying all of Shannon's books that we hadn't read and a couple other books, and left...and went to lunch with Joey and Joe, and had a couple beers, and then went back to walk the floor and buy awesome stuff-- which I got in the form of some amazing hardcover French comics. Wow. And a comic called "Sky Pirates."

Then we left and came up to Connecticut where I promptly died forever. OMG. So tired. So blistered. And I have sores on the inside of my thighs where they rubbed together all weekend while I walked around. But it was so worth it. I had an amazing time and I can't wait for the next one.

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I'd always heard that Nancy Ann Cianci was a childhood friend of my aunt's. Now I don't know what to think!

Maybe your aunt's friend married the mayor of Providence?

Sean and I really need to go to a comic con. Him moreso than me, as it's his major. We got to go hear Scott McCloud give a lecture once though and it was great!

You really should!

Comics is Sean's major? Does he have a webcomic? He should get in touch with me!

He doesn't have a web comic. :-\ I've been telling him he needs to start one. Or both of us could do one together. He's a sequential art major b/c it's closest to the sort of thing he likes to do, but he doesn't really like doing comics. That is, like comic books and long comic pages. He's not really sure what he wants to do when he graduates. I've been trying to push him in the direction of storyboarding, as he's done classes in that, and he seems to like it. Plus, it seems to be a more secure job than trying to break into comic books, which I've watched several friends do and/or try to do.

<a href= "http://gurgledog.deviantart.com/gallery/>Here's his DeviantArt gallery</a>. But wait, do you has connections? How did I miss this?

Ack. Messed up my link.

Why can I not edit comments on your journal? o_O

Ohhhh b/c LJ logged me out. That's why.

I work for a company that has a webcomics platform-- a really simple, easy scheduling system for publishing webcomics. We're also working on creating a system to make it really easy to sell books and merchandise from the web.

My job? Is choosing comic creators to interview and feature on the homepage of the site. Or part of my job is, anyway. I pretty much read comics 24/7 for work.

Webcomics as a business can be very lucrative if you're good at selling yourself. The webcomic itself isn't going to bring in a ton of money unless you are the next XKCD or Penny Arcade, but webcartoonists have an automatic portfolio plus proof that you can get work out on a regular basis-- some of the people from our site have gone on to work in print comics, one of them is the artist for the new Baby Sitters' Club manga. Others have gotten syndicated in newspapers.

Oh, excellent! I will keep pushing him in the webcomic direction (more for self-promotion than $), and talk to you when he's ready to get one up and running.

I want to do one too, and have for years, and I think if he and I collaborated we could put out something at least marginally entertaining. Plus if we traded days on drawing, it's be neat to compare and contrast our styles. My bosses kind of do this with their photography, and they just have a friendly competition going. By constantly trying to outdo each other, they learn and improve. I'd love that.

Webcomics as a business can be very lucrative if you're good at selling yourself.
Boy do I know it. I can't tell you how many Scary Go Round books (some I paid extra to have drawings done in) and shirts I own.

I have a few friends who are semi-successfully selling comics right now. One of my friends was picked up by Tokyo Pop and while the exposure is excellent, they're unreliable on pay, and the poor girl works herself to death. Still, she's got books. 1 out, one on its way. She's doing all of the pages for some of their stories. Another girl I know (though far more vaguely. I met her once and we have mutual friends) has the Bizenghast series out that she writes and draws. And then my (sort of? We had a falling out but are trying to reconnect) friend Joey finally got his comic out. He didn't have a webcomic per se. He updated a comic LJ.

Well, our site is totally free to use to start out-- it's sort of like LJ in that you only pay if you want extra-shiny features. So there's no reason not to get an account and play around with it and stuff. I would wait till later this summer though because we're doing a big relaunch.

Sounds great! Will do! Sean graduates next month, so he can start building up ideas in the summer and maybe by late summer we'll have something ready. :)

Scott and Ivy are good people. I was lucky enough to hang out with them twice last year at opposite ends of their 50 state tour. That con sounds like it was very much the place to be. Good for you! Now I'll never know if webcomics are a menace or not! :"D

It was a great con! Scott and Ivy were lovely, as were...well, almost everyone I met. It was amazing, the number of awesome people I got to talk to. It sounds like I'm going to be going to a lot more cons in the near future, and I'll try to publish my schedule once I know it!

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