– I’ll be at the Portland Zine Symposium again this year on July 12th and 13th. Admission is free, so -please come and say hi. I MAY have a new mini comic or something to offer.
I won’t be attending Kumoricon last year. I really love seeing everyone at the con, but last year the artist alley was located in the basement parking garage, near the back away from any entrances, restrooms, water fountains or air circulation. On the first day of the con is was close to 90 degrees in our part of the parking garage, and a friend of mine actually passed out from the heat and had to be taken away by ambulance. On the 2nd and third day I brought a fan, which helped a little bit. Earlier this year I ran into a member of teh con staff at my local game store and asked him if artist alley was being moved (it’s been moved multiple times in the last five years, but has always at least been located in a proper building with restrooms, and air conditioning. I was told no, it would remain in the same place and that they didn’t think it was a problem. When I shared my concerns I was told that artist alley wasn’t a priority and that if I didn’t want a table someone else would probably be happy to take it.
So yeah, I’m not going back to Kumoricon.
– With the help of my new intern I (well, she) organized a bunch of my Medusa art. I’m thinking about putting together a sketchbook. Do you guys have any interest in something like that?
Small cons always tend to be a little eccentric, but that’s just baffling.
Well, sadly, not entirely baffling. I mean, they are still making money off of it, as long as artists sign up for spots in the garage.
But good on you for opting out. It’s the only real way to get the message across in that situation, to say nothing of your health and happiness.
Thanks. I wish I could convince my friends to do the same.
Never thought I see the day that Modest would hold a grudge like that.
What? She’s full of grudges.
Six year olds have fierce snits.
You cut off Modest’s chocodile supply and you have an enemy for life!
I’d even call her a grudge angel…
She should start a grudge band…
The expression on her face in that last panel…. Agh!
But she’s totally right, I’ve come across store clerks who were like that and it’s always their fault.
Panel 2, Medusa is SO CUTE!!!
There’s so much love and excitement in that face.
Oh, and sketch book. Heck YES!!! This reply is officially my pre-order. 😀
Jake, I think that last panel is the funniest one in the strip. I’m dyin’ here. 🙂
I think a sketch book would be cool!
Wow, can’t believe a con would do that to its people… Artists are a big part of a con(at least, that’s how I see it) I’m also surprised they didn’t get in trouble due to some one having to be taken away by ambulance.
Heh, I’m just waiting for Modest to figure out she can make her own chocodiles by dipping Twinkies in chocolate. XD
Some cons are run really great artist alleys, but a lot of cons treat the artists very poorly. For a lot of cons, artist alley is an easy way to make some money selling tables and badges (since many cons charge you for both) and provide a lot of extra content (artist alley is often one of the most popular parts of a con) without having to put out any effort or spend any money. The Kumoricon artist alley has had it’s location changed something like 5 times in teh last 6 years, and each time it got a little worse. last year may have actually been illegal, with the high temperatures, lack of restroom access, no easy to access exits and a parking garage re-purposed as a sales and display area. It was really awful. The only thing that made it bearable were the fantastic attendees and really helpful volunteers (there’s some great people involved with the con).
I’d invite you to our local game con coming up in a month or so, it’s all indoors and the artists are set up with the vendors… but it’s probably too small to warrant a trip all the way across the country.
Where is it?
That is all the way across the country! I would like to get to more cons though. I’ve been pretty stuck in the NW. I need to figure out how to get invited to things.
it it on purpose or not that the word “Factory” is mispelled on the last panel. Also i knew it it is a conseracy that all the shopkeepers burned down the factory.
It’s on purpose. It was spelled the same way last time Medusa imagined the factory.
Oh, Modest… So much imagination, so much grudge-power… and so much silliness. You are still so young. ^^
Though sadly, not as young as she was before Mara’s death…
Modest is like Clementine from The Walking Dead Game.
That would be a great crossover. Someone really needs to work on the fanfiction for that.
I would definitely be interested in a sketchbook.
OMFG This is way too cute an educational/inspirational.
Welcome to real life, where we blame the people that are convenient, rather than the people responsible.
Jake do you sell this series at any bookstores?
Not really. A few stores around Portland stock copies, but that’s about it. You can get the books from my online shop, of course.
IT’S TOTALLY HER FAULT!!
Love the fact that one of the snakes is actually looking up at the thought bubble.
oh, I just noticed that.