Anime Boston bound!
Last weekend I was exhibiting at DiNK Denver, in a solo effort. This weekend I’m going solo again at Anime Boston, a show I have a long history with and always enjoy doing.
Anime Boston was the first convention I ever tabled. I scored a cheap table in the Artist Alley at the last minute for the convention’s first year. It was crazy popular that first year, and its popularity only skyrocketed in following years.
It was the first show I did my “Writing Unique Heroes & Memorable Villains” talk. This was not only my first solo panel, but my first panel talk ever! I pitched it on a whim because I failed to secure a table for Anime Boston’s second year, but still wanted to be part of the show. The panel was an unexpected success, and arguably the thing outside webcomics I became most known for (before the creation of ConnectiCon’s Death Match).
Anime Boston was the show I attended the same day I ended my long-running previous webcomic, Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire. Fans of my work were approaching my table having just read the final update of that comic, and many of them were in happy tears. That day is going to live with me forever, for all the right reasons.
The first Anime Boston is also where I met the co-founders of ConnectiCon, who were there promoting their debuting convention. My strong ties with that convention were forged at Anime Boston, as I shared table space with ConnectiCon on multiple occasions to help them promote their show.
Anime Boston was my first taste of conventions. It lit a fire in me I didn’t know needed a spark. I’ve made lifelong friends through this show, as well as important connections and opportunities that arose through my appearances there. Whenever I can’t make Anime Boston there’s a hole in my heart, but when I’m there I feel home again.