Every industry has their Mecca. Film has Hollywood. Barbecue has Austin. Comics have Portland. Yeah, you read that right. Rose City. Stumptown. The People’s Republic of Portland (love that one). Rip City is “The Hollywood of Comics”.
No, seriously. Don’t believe me? Check out the heavyweights I ran into at the 2014 Rose City Comic Con Artist Alley:
That guy’s face is priceless.
But I digress. My reasons for hitting RCCC were 1) to find a potential artist for my webcomic, 2) to get to better know the comics community and 3) maybe get inspired.
On the first front, I met / got cards for four artists that might be right for my idea. Now if only I could settle on a damn title.
On the second point, I met and talked to all of the above heavyweights but is that really getting to know the community? I dunno. Maybe that’s the introvert in me.
On the third topic, yeah, you can’t help but feel inspired when talking to those titans of the industry. If there was a highlight, it was from the Image hosted panel with Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Greg Rucka. It occured when someone asked “what makes you jealous about your fellow panelists” and Greg Rucka jumped in with an answer so heartfelt that it made one feel both awkward and endeared. By the way, Greg said that he’s jealous of Kelly’s fearlessness and Matt’s control of the form without sacrificing the emotional impact.
That Chewbacca was 7’3″ tall.
On a nerdier point, Antony Johnson got name dropped twice during the first day. I guess that when it comes to comic book formatting, he’s the king. I’ve only just started using Scrivner (his software of choice), and I have yet to try his template/method as I made my own template in Final Draft, but I’ll give his a try in the near future.
Overall, it was a pretty awesome convention in an absolutely wonderful town. I’d love to be back in a year with something of my own (if I say it in public enough, I become accountable, no?).
“What’s a cassette tape?”
By the way, I’m gonna steal something from Ben Blacker and share with you what I’ve been reading/watching. While in Portland, I read Cliff Chang/Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman…
Great Pacific by Joe Harris & Martin Morazzo…
Animal Man by Jeff Lamire & Travel Foreman…
and Over Easy by Mimi Pond (for a book club).
On the plane I started watching The Strain.