New York Comic Con Report
2007 Comic Con Entrance (Note date for next year's Con)
The situation in New York proved to be very different many editors there were happy to be talked up and I got several who instructed me to send them my book. Some actually looked at it there and asked to be sent a copy. This past winter a prominent graphic novel agent gave me a pass. After that my experience at the NY Con was very encouraging.
It needs be said again the ”ComiCon is miss named. Today all media is connected. While the venues older folks like myself have been use to working in begin to diminish, illustration is alive and well here, represented by TV, film, toys and gaming. Media production is full of art. This Included Gaming as well as TV and film. Storyboards Scene design, Set design, color design and character and makeup design.
On the other hand all of these are extremely collaborative things and give little opportunity for any real personal expression. Which leads to the other venue, which is self-initiated projects, like illustrated books and graphic novels. One of the things I learned at the Graphic Novel Conference is while book publishing has remained flat for the past 5 years, graphic novels have gone from 75 million in sales to 335 million in sales. They expect the trend to continue.
Toy concepts fall somewhere in between. They have become like a pop fashion scene complete with music and media tie-ins. Best example I can think of from when I was a kid is Big Daddy Roth with ”Rat Fink” and ”Monster Cars.”
”To infinity and beyond….”