Sunday, March 08, 2009

Hurley Con Wrap-up

Yesterday's Hurley Con was even more fun than last year. And last year was pretty dang fun. This year there was twice as much floor space and more than double the attendees. It's turning into a really great con, especially considering the size of Joplin. All four of us were there. Above you can see (left to right) Matt Meyers, Elton Gahr, Dusty Roberts (in the back), and me.

This was Matt's first ever time selling his stuff at a con, and he did great! His book, Decaying Death, was our best-selling book of the day. Not bad for your first book, huh?

In total, we had three new books to show off. Matt had his Sketchings #2, as well as the previously mentioned book. And all four of us worked on the new Random Ink #2, which was also our very first full-color comic. It sold well, and people really seemed to dig the cover.

We also had four posters to sell and ton of bookmarks that we gave away. Traffic was steady pretty much all day. A big "thank you" to all of you that stopped by! Some of you even mentioned this blog.

We did a ton of sketches all day long, since they were free with any purchase. Below you can see Matt sketching the villain from the upcoming Decaying Death #2. This is one of the best parts of the convention... getting these quick little assignments from people. Everything from our characters to Iron Man to an eyeball to a robotic elephant trapped in a water bottle. One of my students challenged me with that last one, believe it or not.
Overall, it felt like we took some big steps forward this year. More books, more stuff, better presentation, and more creators. We had a blast and the day seemed to fly by. Afterward, we got to hang out with some of the other local comics guys, and we talked about trying to do some more stuff together.

Don't worry... online previews of all these new books I mentioned are on their way. Stay tuned.

Next up... Kansas City Planet Comicon!


Sandman said...

Best comic book convention I have ever been to. Definitely plan to go to next years. Only bad part was missing seeing Laura and Grace. Had to research the real history of St. Nicholas after reading that "Santa" comic.

Seth Wolfshorndl said...

Glad you hung around so long and even helped us pack up.

Any truth behind the violence of that comic?

Sandman said...

When they were studying his bones in the 1950s, they found that his nose had been broken, likely because of religious persecution around 300 AD. I remembered reading an old book about him bringing 3 murdered children back to life...