Philadelphia Alternative Comic Convention

My First Comic Convention

On Sunday, Joe and I braved a torrential downpour to attend The Philadelphia Alternative Comic Con at the Rotunda in West Philly.

Joe is a veteran of a number of comic related events, but this was my first. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Thankfully, it was an alternative comic convention, so I didn’t have to deal with any fat guys dressed like Klingons, or the really sad chicks who don’t have friends honest enough to tell them that they can’t pull off the Princess Leia slave outfit.

This wasn’t the spandex clad crime fighter type of convention, it was a smaller, but well attended event for the fans and creators of more personal stories. This was an alternative convention where dedicated artists produced their sequestered labors of love by any means necessary. Being that we’ve been working on our own labor of love, we wanted to see what the other kids were doing. The Rotunda at 4014 Walnut Street which hosted PACC was packed despite the terrible weather and the sweltering temperatures within. It was a terrific opportunity to make new discoveries or to put a face to a favorite comic, and show a little appreciation. It was upbeat. Positive feedback swirled about the room. I met a lot of nice and incredibly talented people!

We met Maria Hoey, of Coin-Op Studio, and immediately bought a copy of her book The Nest Egg. Beautifully illustrated, gorgeous colors, and done entirely in Adobe Illustrator! I love Illustrator, and do a lot of my own work in that program. Seeing the amount of work that went into her book was simply amazing!

Here’s a list of some of the fine folks that I had the pleasure of meeting as well as checking out their work (they are not necessarily in order, alphabetical or otherwise):

I’ll be back next year!

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