Connecticon, Connecticon. Oh how you have changed my world.
I'm not saying it's the best thing I've ever experienced; it's not. But it's certainly a look into a world of which I've only heard tales before. After my arrival Friday evening, it was like stepping through the looking glass.
If you haven't been to a con or seen cosplay before, let me break it down for you; It's like Halloween, but instead of drunken frat boys dressed up like Bishop Don "Magic" Juan, it's people of all ages (and sizes) dressed as characters from every corner of the Nerd-iverse. Some of them are scary, some of them are sexy. But they are all, every one of them, really into whatever they're into. And they occasionally get together and play Twister.
Also, I had the opportunity to meet Kris Straub and Brad Guigar at their booth, and from somewhere deep inside me I mustered the courage to hand them one of our website cards. When I told them that the creature on the card consisted entirely of wing-wongs, I could see their expressions shift from "Listening to What He Is Saying" to "Keep Smiling So He'll Continue to Consume Our Products, But Get Him The Fuck Outta Here." In fairness to them, my 30-second pitch for the strip needs work, and I was a little star-struck. I'm just saying, I don't expect to be getting any links from them. If you know what I mean.
But this weekend wasn't really about the con for us. It's been a chance to collate data on how other webcomickers function at these things, as well as hang out with some artists that we respect and enjoy. I want to give a tremendous shout-out to all the people that helped our fledgling operation see the big city lights;
- Ross, of The System
- Dern, of Hello With Cheese
- Blondie and Kevin, of Caf-Fiends
- Nick, of Dead of Summer
- Joe and Irv, of Digital Pimp Online
- Steve, of Dueling Analogs
- James, of In His Likeness
- Marty Effin Day, of Art Fight Highschool
Also, I got to stop by the Slackerz booth and meet the Scotts. It was a special moment for me because their strip is what finally convinced me to check out Firefly, which led me to Serenity, then Dr. Horrible, then The Guild. Speaking of which, I got to shake Sandeep Parikh's hand at a restaurant, which I'm told celebrities fucking love.
I'm going to do my best to get Paul to write about his experience of Connecticon for Tuesday's post, and I think I will succeed in this endeavor.
One final thing before I release you back into the Internet; we broke 100,000 pageviews for the month of July. That's because people like you read the comic, like it, and then tell others. I heartily endorse that kind of behavior, so let's see if we can't rinse and repeat for August.