ComiqueCon was a Success!
Wow. Just wow.
Sometimes, the words just can’t come to you. I wouldn’t necessarily call this writer’s block. No, I’m leaning more towards “speechless.” For the first time ever, people from allover the country got together and promoted women in the comic industry. Many of you already know that ComiqueCon was this past weekend. In case you didn’t, ComiqueCon was a one day event. Not a booth, not a table, not a one hour long panel, but an actual convention that spotlighted women in the comic industry. And we were very happy to be a part of it as Chelsea Liddy made history.
I’m not going to lie. I’m Michigan biased. I’m not talking college sports. I mean the state of Michigan. Any time this state does something great, I get very excited about it and want to shout out to all of my out-of-state friends, “Look what we did!” There have been too many times that Michigan (well, more of Detroit) has been shown in a negative spotlight. But then something like this comes along. California didn’t do it. New York didn’t do it. Washington didn’t do it.Michigan did.
I know, I know. This isn’t the first time there has ever been a convention or a weekend spotlight looking up to women in the U.S. However, in an industry that for a long while seemed to be geared mainly towards an all-male community, it was nice to see such a thing. And in Dearborn, Michigan no less.
For those reading that do not know,the Podbros Network was happily one of the sponsors for this event. Included within our sponsorship was the opportunity to have a table at the event, which we were happy to accept. Heading the table with me all day was Heather (Tin Foil Hat with Heather) and she did a terrific job with helping me throughout the day. Dave (Dave’s Nerd Compendium) and Damon (The Accidental Wrestling Fan, Worst Millennials) also stopped by to help with the booth and take pictures of the event. If it isn’t obvious, the network was well represented that day.
We were able to meet some truly great people and were shown what they had to offer. One of the biggest concepts I took away from this event: Indie is here and it is thriving. The independent scene has, for the most part, always been synonymous with the underground scene. More and more recently, comic book creators have been able to produce such great and professional work with the help of social media and crowd funding campaigns. But there was something more to it than that at ComiqueCon. I saw a room full of success. Though some will disagree on my definition of the word, I saw a room full of people promoting their work and getting paid to do what they love and what inspires them.
Believe it or not,I did not hear one bad thing about the event. No complaints from people, no hearsay about certain booths, no drama, nothing terrible.For a first time show like this one, I felt the venue was great. Not only did you get access to the show, but you also were granted admittance to the museum as well. For fifteen dollars (if you bought your tickets at the door), you paid for two different activities.Unfortunately, I was so busy that I did not get the opportunity to take them up on the museum offer but I can tell you that when I went into the museum, it was gorgeous.
As an exhibitor,another aspect that really “wowed” me was the fact that we were given food for the event. This isn’t a necessity when doing shows but I will tell you this – it’s an added and very thankful bonus!The food was great (we were provided with breakfast and lunch), and we were never left with a dry mouth. The volunteers did a wonderful job as well! I would like to talk with Chelsea once she’s able to relax and ask her if anything went wrong because if something did, it went unnoticed by me.
We also had a great time interacting with people and potential listeners. It seemed like more people knew what a podcast was at this event than the last one we did, but nonetheless we were still able to introduce to them some great shows on the network. And on top of that, we had another successful raffle, with half the proceeds going out to help one of our listeners with his medical bills.
A Great Success
Overall, I would say this was another successful con. I was so excited to be a part of this history. Though this may not be in any future school textbooks, we at the Network were very happy to sponsor something so awesome and wonderful. Be on the lookout for future podcasts interviewing some of these wonderful creators! Before I stop typing this out, I have to quickly thank people for the raffle and giveaways: Heather Miles, Dave Patterson, Big Ben’s Comix Oasis, and C.D. Gallant-King (A new short story now available on Amazon – Tentacles Under a Full Moon: Werebear vs. Landopus). Without your donations, it would just be me with my cups and koozies trying to get people to listen to the Network.
To see more pictures and a video of this wonderful event, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/podbros