My only experience with comic conventions has been at New York Comic Con, which had probably skewed the experience for me somewhat. Next to San Diego, NYCC is the biggest comics convention in the United States and like San Diego, that means all the comics publishers are there competing for attention and space with not only each other, but also the film & television industry, book publishers, toy companies, video games and just about anything else that is tangentially related to “geek culture” Because this was my only experience at a comic convention, it was how I viewed them even though I know that most conventions aren’t necessary like that to varying degrees. So when I had the opportunity to attend the NJ Comics Expo I was curious enough to give it a shot and in hindsight, I feel that my experience was better then I could have ever expected. Continue reading So This Is A Comics Convention: A Day At The NJ Comics Expo
I was in 9th grade when I wrote my first story that I didn’t think was complete shit. Up until then, I had this weird habit of burning every scrap I’d scribbled upon. Ideas ripped from movies and TV shows, fan-fiction that when I was writing I was sure was as good as the original work, they were all horrendous. I’d take the notebook pages back behind my parents’ house and set them ablaze with the red extended-reach lighter we kept in the drawer next to the stove. As the ashes fell to the rocks at my feet, I remember feeling relieved. Hours of work rendered blackened clumps of nothingness, but it didn’t matter. At least now no one could read the drivel. Then came the night I wrote Them, an end of the world alien story that had themes and semi-realistic characters, and I did something I’d not done before: I shared my story.