While I didn't exhibit at the wonderful Cincy Comicon (in Covington, KY actually), for the second year in a row, I did visit. It's a great, what I call, PURE con. Meaning, there are no celebrities from movies or tv shows to be seen. Nope. Nothing but real comics celebrities. Last year, we got to have a great conversation with Chris Samnee. This year I got to share my appreciation with a number of great comic creators, as well as, see other self publishing guys.
I got to meet Kevin Maguire and have him sign my JUSTICE LEAGUE books. Quiet, but nice guy. Also, asked Chris Sprouse for some book signings. And went down a few tables to watch Chris Burnham do five minute sketches for fans. Got to watch him draw Robin Damien, Spider Man and Batman. He was very nice and signed our BATMAN INC books. Had to wait for after a panel and lunch to get Jeff Parker sign my FLASH GORDONs and tell him how truly appreciative I was for the great job CONVERGENCE: SHAZAM.
Walked down further to meet Cameron Stewart and ask how scripts from Chuck Palahniuk were. He gave me an interesting answer I'll keep between the two of us. Asked him to sign those FIGHT CLUB 2 books and some other Batman books he had worked on. Extremely nice guy I'm glad to support by continuing to buy books he produces. I wish I could have bought something new from each of them for taking the time to sign my books, but my funds were limited.
I think it's extremely important now that I have access to nice conventions to go to creators I like and respect and tell them so. Will my one voice matter? Maybe. But if everyone who goes up to them mentions how much their hard work is appreciated I think it means a lot. It does to me. And I'm sure they never get tired of hearing so. They sign autographs for no fee when they know fans are running and having them graded for more money. They are for the most part, extremely generous and share tips on their craft. As comic fans (and despite creating my own, I am a fan first), it's our responsibility to make these creators know that we appreciate them. We shouldn't take them for granted. They work long solitary hours so we can grab, read and in some instance critique their time.
Tony Moore is one of the organizers of this show and being a creator himself, you can tell he works hard to make sure the Cincy Con is one of the best cons around. Not just for fans but the creators that choose to attend. He'll never read this, but thank you Tony. Keep the con that cool and my family and I will attend as long as we can.
A lifelong comics fan, Mike W. Belcher is the writer/artist of MAN IN THE MASK. A story he's had with him for over 20 years.