Image Comic Expo Roundup!on February 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm
Well, exhausted and yet, somehow reinvigorated – the Image Comics Expo was tremendous experience for both of us.
Admittedly, I think the convention was a lot smaller in size than I thought it would be - but the crowd that attended was sizable, open-minded to new comics, and knowledgable and spirited. We had a lot of people stop and chat with us for quite a bit about our comic before picking it up. So much so that we sold out of our inventory of Operation: Mongoose & Operation: For the Love of Russia on Saturday! WOOOO!
The real success story I suppose was D.Bethel’s Sweet Justice print. It brought the most comments and interest to the table, and after asking “Which is your favorite?” (overwhelmingly, I’d say cookies took the title, followed closely by cotton candy and doughnuts) people usually wanted to know what our comic was about and we gladly shared it. People loved the print. We only have 9 of the prints left.
There were also quite a few fans that returned to our table to catchup on the next few issues Operation: 3-Ring Bound and we’re fans of the web version of the comic and stopped to chat about the mess-adventures of the internets favorite covert custodian.
Overall, the show was pretty tremendous. I personally pleased to get to meet the talent behind my favorite print comic, CHEW. Rob and John signed all my CHEW stuff on Friday and on Sunday Layman hosted a panel on writing which I attended and found pretty useful, but he definitely had a case of the post panel “was that worth it to anybody?” blues. It was. Totally was. He even sat down with me at their booth and took a look over Eben07 and commented on our print versions of the comic. He really liked the premise and I gave him a set of the books. That kind of networking was really great to experience, and I hope to hear back from him.
All three days posted record numbers for sales at a convention for us and our comic work. That was incredibly thrilling to experience and both of us left blown away by the support. Thanks to Image Comics for putting on and hosting one hell of a convention. I hope they do it again.
The Hulk, Burgertime Batman, & Friend of Flannel Wolverine are still for sale.
Contact us at info -at- eben07.com
D.Bethel drew Leonardo first, and I thought he looked a little glum. It’s quite possible that these sketches of Ninja Turtles will lead to something fun and exciting… although the turtles in them may not be so excited. Enjoy the preview.
We met the guys who make Woodsmen, a fantasy webcomic that looked well drawn!
In an act of serendipity, we met Mat Heagerty, a guy who hired our publisher, Lauren Monardo, to draw his book, Baby Bigfoot Camp. Quite a coincidence! Who knows – maybe he’ll be a Brainfooder soon…