Grant Alter - Struggling Comic Writer

Monday, August 07, 2006

Back from WWC

Well, I got back from Chicago sort of late last night and I thought I would post some of my thoughts.
Very soon we'll have some very official publisher news. But here's the notes.

- Markosia (who pseudo-officially is the home of a certain project) is full of coolness. Chuck Satterlee is a great guy. I spent a lot of my time at the con talking to him at the booth and he seems like a really honest and trustworthy guy. I'm glad to know him. I also met some new friends, Sal Cipriano, Chris Dibari, and Ryan Stegman. They all have Markosia books (The Hill, The Hunger, and Midnight Kiss respectively) and they're all great guys. I'm glad to know them as well and they all privately told me good things about Markosia.

- Brandon Terrell and Brett Schoonover are great dudes too. They have a book with Ape called Horrorwood and it's tops. At the same time, I met Ben Lichius of the Black Coat, which when I first heard the concept sounded like something I wasn't interested in, but blew me away when I actually read it. Apparently, everyone else likes it too cause he had to go buy copies of number 1 from retailers so he'd have some to sell. That's cause it sold out.

- In the past, a lot of friends met over the internet have been disappointments in person. Derek Ruiz is not one of those people. He is exactly how he seems on the boards and AIM. He's genuine, nice, and just a lot of fun and I look forward to a long lasting friendship with him. He introduced me to the crew at the Dabel Brothers booth as well and I met Ernst and Les Dabel who are about as friendly, genuine, and modest as people can be. They truly deserve all the success they're having. Sean Jordan and his lovely wife Stacie were also super cool and fun to be around and then you have Matt Hansen. Look out. He's a one man party. Lock up your daughters too. I mean, really. Lock them up.

- Kristen Simon is great as well. She's funny, smart, and really nice. I was supposed to meet her at Knuckles (or Fisters, as it has been called) and I was terrified. Once I met her though, I felt stupid for having been so nervous. I look forward to working with her more. I didn't really have much interaction with Jim Valentino, but he seemed cool as well. And then you have Scott Wherle, who I ran into at the show and immediately got along with. Great guy. Saw him several more times and enjoyed talking to him every time.

- I really hope I haven't forgotten anyone, but those are my new friends.

- And then there are the old friends who it was lovely to see again. Greg Thompson and his wonderful wife Jennifer (drummer magnet), Kara Fairfield and Tony Moore, who I didn't see as much as I would have liked to, but were cool just the same. B. Clay Moore, Jeremy Haun, and Jason Latour, Mark Sable, Andy freaking Macdonald...the list goes on.

- Len Kody, I didn't find you, but I looked and looked. We'll have to hook up sometime in the future.

It was an exhausting trip, but overall, I think it was a good one. Thanks to Brad Wilders (who is my permanent best man) for everything. I hope that your little foray into the world of indie comics didn't suck TOO much.


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