50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions

The immensely talented Stuart Immonen (Legion of Super-Heroes, Superman: Secret Identity, Nextwave) doesn’t draw sketches at conventions any more, and he’s not too fond of attending shows, either. This self-published mini-paperback collects his fifty reasons why, reprinting four-panel strips that originally ran as webcomics.

50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions cover
50 Reasons
to Stop Sketching
at Conventions

Comic artists and their fans often have a love/hate relationship. The new eight-page introduction puts the strips into that context, explaining that these experiences, weird as they might seem, aren’t terribly unusual on the convention circuit.

Immonen’s mouthpiece also reminds the reader that most fans are nice people, there just to compliment the artist. It’s the few who think of nothing but themselves, who treat artists as sketch machines, who ruin the experience for others.

The actual encounters concentrate on those obnoxious ones. Each strip shows a particular type of problem fan, whether the early bird or the pervert or parents who can’t control their kids or many more. I wouldn’t have thought to enumerate the many in such detail, but every time I read a new strip, I thought, “oh, yes, I’ve seen someone do that, how annoying it must be!”

This serves as an accurate and entertaining capsule of how not to behave when meeting an artist and what life is like from the other side of the table.

2 Responses to “50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions”

  1. Minicomic Monday Clean-Up » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] heard from kids while trying to teach them about comics. It reminded me of Stuart Immonen’s 50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions, only gentler. I especially liked the bits about kids’ reading habits. Probably because I […]

  2. *Moving Pictures — Recommended » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] art style is stark, unshaded lines against plenty of black. (It’s more similar to 50 Reasons to Stop Sketching at Conventions, although darker, than Stuart’s more highly polished superhero work.) Immonen is a master of […]




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