More Heroes Con Coverage

I’ve very much enjoyed reading other people’s thoughts on this year’s Heroes Con. Here are some of them.

My fellow travelers KC and Roger Ash wrote a joint con report at the Westfield blog. I’m jealous of Roger for meeting several people I didn’t even know where there! (Until he told me, of course.)

Jeff Parker has posted his own thoughts on the show, a funny writeup explaining the Bojangles chicken at the Defective Comics panel and giving a good idea what it’s like to be a guest at such a con.

It was a pleasure to talk with Ben Towle, the organizer of said panel, and his three convention writeups, one for each day, give a valuable perspective from a working pro, including considering how sales might be going for the show overall.

I am sorry I didn’t get more of a chance to talk with Chris Pitzer. When I went by the AdHouse Books table, it looked busy, and I didn’t want to interrupt his doing business. Then I forgot to go back. Silly me.

Tom Spurgeon had some very insightful thoughts on what makes the show unique. Some samples:

I’d say the show has grown past being a huge, single experience and is in the embryonic stages of becoming one of those shows that contains multiple experiences within its overall framework. …

[T]here’s very little in the way of webcomics being a zero-sum game; how poised cartoonists with a stockpile of the material might be to take advantage of the forthcoming digital device revolution; and how there is much less overlap between the audiences for various webcomics than people with a comics background might assume.

Spurgeon also lists the many interesting panels he moderated. I’m told the Dollar Bin will be making available audio from the show’s panels, but they only have two up right now. (I’m sure processing and posting takes time.) You may want to check back in a few days to find the ones you’re interested in.

Shannon Smith has a comprehensive linkblog about other coverage of the show. He’s both an artist and a critic, which allows him to collect review copies at shows, a smart strategy. (And I greatly sympathize with his statement on being behind.) I wish I’d known to say hello.

This column is not supposed to be regrets, even though that looks like what it’s turning into. These missed connections just give me another reason to look forward to next year’s show.

Two last visual links: Here’s a short image slideshow with neat pictures, many of people in costume, marred by the lack of captions or identifying the artists shown. It does give a good feel for the experience, though. Plastic Farm has a video podcast. I’m supposedly in it, briefly, but I couldn’t tell, since my computer told me it would take an hour and a half to download the 26-minute, 300-meg QuickTime file.

Update: And here’s the word from the man himself, co-organizer Dustin Harbin.

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