Monday, March 20, 2006

SUPER REAL NOTES - WWLA wrap up

I'm back from La-La-Land.

Traveling to conventions, especially alone (as the case may be sometimes for me), is kind of like stepping into a giant blender... you wake up early one morning to catch a flight, and things start moving really fast.
You lug your luggage (loaded to bear with show supplies), check bags, make flights, catch cabs or shuttles, check into hotels, drag your luggage to the con hall, check in, find your space, set up, and get it all done in time for the show. All in the space of a few hours.
Some times there's connecting flights, sometimes there's lines at the con to get your credentials/etc, sometimes there's items shipped to your hotel to wrangle, rental cars, valets, cell phones to keep hold of, information to have handy...
the list goes on and on...
Then the show starts, bam!
You meet your neighbors, catch up with friends, network, fans start to trickle, or sometimes rush in, sales begin, questions, sketches, more networking, panels, more friends, lots of new friends, more networking, more fans, more sketches.
You get the picture.
This goes on for 1 to 5 days, with varying levels of speed and sound (man the PA was all kinds of f'd up in LA). Sometimes things come to a crashing halt, artist alley gets no traffic, your aisle placement may be at the back and get very few people for a while. It messes with your mind, you become almost bi-polar, riding high on the peaks, and ebbing low on the valleys.
Then it's over, time to pack up and make another flight, lug more luggage, wrangle more transportation, etc, etc
It's a 2 hour flight from LA to Portland, but it took over 6 hours to get home, just to give an example of all the drawn out steps.
It's a marathon... (speaking of marathons... how bout that LA marathon going by Wizard World on Sunday? Cool cool!!! Nothin' like holding a con at the center point of an event that shuts down the city!).
It's a marathon.

But you know what?
It's great!
Sure it's a challenge of the body and spirit.
Sure it can be difficult, or frustrating at times, but it's ultimately exciting, and rewarding.
Meeting fans, making new fans, talking to fans about your book, doing sketches for them, meeting fellow creators (aspiring and pro alike), making friends, making contacts, meeting retailers, seeing celebrities (comic or Hollywood), and taking in the spectacle that is a comic book pop culture event (dj's spinning on 2 level booths, karate chicks performing, camera crews filming).
It's a blast!! A real fucking blast!
I love it!

Oh, and oftentimes, being a creator at a comic show is a lot like being locked in a candy store... you're surrounded by all of this stuff you love 24/7, only problem is, it's like you have diabetes! You can't take it all in, that's not why you're there. You've got a long list of things to accomplish, and checking out the con floor is last on the list. Damn!
Any ways...
The consensus on the floor for the 2006 Wizard World LA con was that it was generally underwhelming, not too heavily attended (did I mention the marathon?), and not too profitable. Lucky for me it was perhaps my best con yet! I debuted issue 2 at the show, and sold lots of copies (people seem to really like the Edward Pun variant!), and continued to sell many copies of the 2006 sketchbook (less than 10 remain, looks like I'll have to print up something new, just for SDCC) and issue number 1.
I had a great show, and want to thank every one who stopped by!
THANKS!
It was a pleasure meeting and talking with everyone who stopped by my table!!

And a big thanks to my pal Javier for helping me out on Saturday and taking me to little Tokyo. It was good times! (alas, the manga bookstore was already closed) How can you beat talking about the craft, industry, and love of comics into the early AM at a Japanese kareoke bar, after a kickin day at the show?! (El Muerto number 3 is looking really good btw! I got a peek at the in process pages over dinner. Check out the advance of it at APE Con next month!)

Whoops, and how can I forget the rain?!?
I've done WWLA 2 years in a row, and it's rained both times!
What's up with that?!
And let me just tell you, from all to real, all too funny experience, it's very true about Los Angelino's in the rain... Let me just say, HA!
Next year it better be sunny!


Now it's only 2 weeks to the big NW show, Emerald City Comic Con on April 1st and 2nd. This time, the wife and chihuahua are going, and we have a nice hotel with extra nights. So it should be a much more relaxing affair.


See you at the shows!!
jason

8 comments:

Jason Berek-Lewis said...

When I got to Wizard World LA in 2004, it was boiling hot.

I am glad you had a great show - Super Real deserves all the success it is getting.

I hope I can get to another con soon - I am aiming for San Diego in 2007 or 2008 (more likely). Sometimes I really don't like living in Australia - we are so far away!

Jason Martin said...

Wow, I didn't realize you made out for a con here in the states!

Too bad it wasn't San Diego.

I imagine, you still had a good time though?

It's good to see your planning on making it back, but 07 or 08 sound awfully far away... (alas, just as you are geographically)

I've always wanted to explore Australia myself.

Brant W. Fowler said...

I'm glad the con went well for you, Jason. I've never made it to a major con yet, so I'm hoping later this year will work out for me.

Jason Martin said...

Brant,

You've gotta do it man!

They're heaven-on-earth for comic fans, especially SDCC (as long as you don't just go on the weekend ;P)

Cary said...

Jason man i was so stoked to hear you had a good time at WW LA! Dallas is usually my main show every year so i know all about how kectic they can get. this year i will be going as a creator for the first time and that will be a whole new ball of wax no doubt!

Jason Berek-Lewis said...

Wiz LA was awesome, but I can't believe it was 2 years ago already!

I would have prefered to go to SDCC too, but we went to the USA after my sister's wedding in Israel. The wedding was in early March - the timing was out by a few months.

Just to fly to the USA from Australia costs about $2000. When you add in hotels, food and entertainment for 2 or more weeks, it makes for an expensive holiday!

Javier Hernandez said...

Hey Jason, I just read your wrap up...Thanks for the nice words, man!

I was really looking forward to seeing you here in my backyard and I gotta say the whole day was great! Even THOSE dumb LA rain-drivers...Yeesh!

Give my love to Tami and ,..uh...chihuahua.

Best,

Javier

Jason Martin said...

Jav-man,

I've given Choco my love for you.
It seemed cruel and wrong, but I'm a humble servant of the TSL gallery!
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