How to Be a Con Man


So, it has come to this. By some act of god or fairy, I…am planning a comic book convention! It’s going to be a small convention. It’s going to be next May, 2010. That leaves lots of time for me to become mad with power and get booted from the project. But for now, I’m still humble and overwhelmed. I’ll be planning, programming and executing the whole shebang, along with the help of dedicated and passionate friends and volunteers. My mind is racing and I’m making lists, brainstorming ideas and trying to envision what my ideal sort of comic book convention would entail. At the moment, all I can think of is lots of glitter and bodybuilders dressed as He-Man carrying me on a throne through the exhibit hall. That might have to wait until the second year, though. In the meantime, I’ve started a thread over in the Forum to exploit—I mean—collect your ideas, suggestions and thoughts about what makes a great con.

Having just been to San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest and baddest of them all, I have pages of notes about what I like and dislike about your standard convention formula and environment. The con I’m planning would fit into one of the smaller panel rooms at Comic-Con, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be innovative and creative! So, I’m all ears. And I thank you in advance for any suggestions or advice* you have to offer!

*Once offered, suggestions and advice become the property of yours truly, who shall undoubtedly take credit for it…if it’s successful.

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