My weekend at ANIMAZEMENT was pretty amazing. Lazy puns aside, it was great to finally go to a new (for me) show and meet new people, see new sights, and experience the general atmosphere of a weekend in a new city. Raleigh is a pretty cool place and I’d love to go back.
Animazement followed a trend we’ve been noticing at every show we’ve attended this year. Lots of people who come to see us, whether they know us beforehand or are meeting us for the first time, are showing us a lot of heart. They seem to be genuinely affected by our work and/or the advice we have to give them when they ask us how we do what we do, how we got started, and how they can “break in to the industry.” While I don’t feel like we’re being particularly profound, there’s been something of an awakening in the people who speak to us, like their dreams of making comics and telling stories are easier to achieve than they had previously believed. It’s really amazing to be a part of those personal revelations. I hope we’ve given the next big name in comics/webcomics the kick-in-the-pants they needed to get started.
Other highlights from the weekend included: – Seeing Garth’s new apartment and meeting his pretty excellent cat. – The attendees who came across our table without having known we would be there, and promptly geeked-out upon meeting us. We were very flattered! – The excellent food in Raleigh. Normally when I’m on the road for a convention, I eat like crap. Raleigh provided me with hearty salads, high quality smoothies, and a killer dinner on Saturday night. Thank you, Happy + Hale and Fiction Kitchen! – Coming home to my son on Sunday. He was so excited to see me that he broke out in joyous laughter. Not gonna lie, I almost cried.
Two out of three conventions down in my three-in-a-row marathon. I’ll talk about where we’ll be this weekend in Thursday’s blog.