Baltimore Comic-Con was an amazing success! Thanks to everyone that came out to say hi and show their support for the comic. I knew a handful of Fancy Bastards were going to be at the show, but I had NO IDEA so many of you less vocal/non-commenting types would be there. I sold almost all of the books I brought and a ton of T-shirts (Groverfield was a smash hit).
Special thanks to @mechamenchi for being my right hand man all weekend, and to @mutant_enemy127 for helping out on Sunday. I really couldn’t have done so well without the help I received from these guys.
In addition to talking with a good number of long term FB’s, I think I managed to win over quite a few new recruits for the cause. The unbelievably positive response I got from complete strangers that had never heard of HE until the con was unexpected to say the least.
Additional thank you’s go to Danielle Corsetto for being my “big webcomic sister,” Jessi for helping to wrangle Danielle all weekend, Brent Corsetto for being genuinely kind and uncommonly awesome, every FB that came to the reader meet-up and made me feel so appreciated, everyone that bought a book, and especially to FB Adam and his wife for their overwhelming generosity and kindness.
Now GORGE YOURSELVES on con pics, books sketches, cosplayers and PETE FROM 30 ROCK!
[this comic is taken from a sketch commissioned at the con by @mutant_enemy127.]
I am so loving those photos. Glad it was such a smashing success!
Incredibly jealous of all the FBs that were able to make it out, but I am glad it was a good time had all around.
Awesome that you sold so many books, too!
There will be other cons. Hopefully a lot more next year.
SO, Joel, coming to the next WonderCon in San Francisco, then?
Sweet! Loved all the drawings on the flickr page and *really* can't wait for my copy now!
Way to rule, Joel!
After the con I feel MUCH better about drawing in the books. This is good news for you.
Looking through the photos, (obligatory WELL HELO THERE-comment for the pretty cosplayer boy goes here because I have no shame) seems you had awesome time and rocked the book-sketches! I am so happy the con was a success, keep the fancy up!
I can try and get you his number. maybe theyll deploy him in your country. I am slowly learning how to draw on this paper you actual artists seem so fond of.
Happy for you that your first reader meet-up went so well, Joel. So – doing a quality strip brings success… hmmmm
its a complicated formula. Theres science involved.
He is gonna get tiny throat cancer.
Not to mention the dangers of tiny 2nd hand smoke.
i cant make heads or tails of it
A. MA. ZING.
I love that, despite how old that joke is, it *never* stops being funny, especially when altered slightly.
old?! I invtented that JOKE! IM NOT A HACK! AJHDAKJHSDKJASDBKASDKJB!
Gods damn it, I wish I could have been there. Had I been on the same *continent* even, I would have made an effort. Oh, well. Awesome photos and sketches; can hardly wait for my copy of the book…
yeah…. about that. YOUR copy of the book was eaten by a rabid cosplayer at the con. Sorry.
Nuts and noogies! Who did it? I mean, if it was for a worthy cause, I shall handle the loss gracefully.
Glad to hear that the trip was a success.
A resounding one at that. Thanks!
I'm so glad I could be there to help Joel. You are a genuinely cool guy and I'd be delighted to assist you again in the future.
P.S – it's @mechamenchi no underscore
D'OH. I typed that at like 3am. Thanks again for everything. I'll fix it.
I'm the one that mutant_enemy127 got this for and I just wanted to give you my official thanks! I've greatly enjoyed your webcomic but have a tad bit of an adoration for the Aliens series so have especially cracked up whenever they showed up.
I'm still snerking over this and am trying to decide how best to display the original on my wall. Thank you so much for my awesome emolien!
Maybe next time I'll try to come with mutant_enemy127 to the con. It sounded like so much fun, I'm a little bit envious. ;D
XD And because I decided that my first thanks didn't have enough fangirlish appreciation…
ZOMG! I not only have an awesome drawing… it's immortalized online in it's awesomeness! I get to own a comic! I feel all special now!
*nods approvingly in the background holding a taser*
Im really glad he commissioned the sketch because otherwise I wouldnt have had time to draw a comic for Monday. Glad you liked it too. Thanks!
I'm so glad I went to the con, I had an amazing time hanging out w/ you and menchi. I was more than happy to help you out at your booth, you're an awesome guy and honestly my top favorite comic and I'm with mench that I would be more than delighted in helping you if you come back this way again.
As you can see from above, my friend really liked the sketch you did for her and was surprised when I told her you were using it as today's comic.
Glad you enjoyed your con experience and hope you were able to make some cash too.
Thanks man. I had a blast too. You got any of that pizza left? Im starving.
Heh afraid not, I have already bronzed it in commemoration of the awesome con weekend.
Ahhh another in the Alien After School Special. Delicious! So what's next? The alien brings home a Predator boyfriend?
Great. Now I cant do part 3.
Right, I'm the guy who TOTALLY reads your comic, whether you believed me or not. Yep, that's just horribly descriptive, isn't it?
Ok, now I believe you.
Congratulations on a great con, wish I could have been there! Did I spot a Singa?
Indeed. He was at the con and the reader meetup.
What's a "tiny mouth dad"? Sounds dirty.
Just wanted to say this on this particular comic that I was one of the apparently many who wandered past the table at BCC and had to double back to demand a Groverfield shirt. Since then I have sported it quite a few times, always with comments and compliments (it does make my ta-ta's look great , on top of just being awesome) but I kinda lost track of the cards that I was given for the site. I came across it one day and read the entire site from oldest to newest in a very short period of time. Thank you. Thank you for giving me, and continuing to give me a fucking incredible laugh. I'm going to purchase your book and keep it at work for the bad days.
Heather, I really appreciate you taking the time to post that. Glad to know the shirt is a gateway drug to comic enjoyment.