Hey all, it’s time for your Super Blogged Up fix! This week Mark and I recount our recent experiences at our hometown convention – Albany Comic Con!
I’m going to start this blog off with a personal statement. If you have never been to a comic book convention (either a small local gathering held in a hotel or an internationally recognized extravaganza that takes up 3 floors of an entire convention center), do yourself a favor and attend one. Even if you’re not into comic books. More and more of these conventions are beginning to include other forms of entertainment (movies, books, etc.), and if you attend the right one you’re more than likely to find something that interests you. But I don’t recommend giving a comic-con a chance just to pad your collection of Urotsukidoji videos – you can hop on eBay and bid on those right from the comfort of your own dungeon.
I’m telling each and every one of you to go to one of these things because you’ll meet a slew of interesting, intelligent, funny, and like-minded individuals who, nine times out of ten, are nicer than just about anyone you could ever meet. The image of hundreds (sometimes thousands) of geeks all dressed in cosplay outfits and living in a different world than the rest of us is not only wildly inaccurate, but also unfair to those who do enjoy indulging in dress-up for a few days out of the year and look forward to meeting other people at their favorite comic-con. I would rather converse with someone dressed up in their favorite obscure manga character than a meat-headed football jock wearing green and white face paint and a Michael Vick jersey any day of the week.
Albany Comic Con was my second convention experience, and the first at which I was behind a booth promoting something rather than out on the floor as an attendee. My first time was at San Diego Comic-Con International in July. Both experiences were fascinating and personally enriching on many different levels. The response to Super Knocked Up was fantastic, and I would like to thank all of you who took a look at our table, from the people who simply took a card (and a cookie) and walked on, to the people who signed up for information, took the time to talk with us, and even came back multiple times. It was a pleasure meeting you, and we hope you enjoy following the process of making Super Knocked Up and, perhaps, maybe even being involved with it. Hope you had a magnificent time at Albany Comic Con, and thanks again!
Since Mark is my hero (not really, but I like to pad his ego), I’ll copy him and start off with my own personal statements. #1 – Comic conventions are freakin’ awesome! #2 – I’ve spent so much time with Mark these past couple of months (rehearsing for the web series, shooting it, at the convention, etc.) that we might as well be sleeping together. Except that we both like girls. Especially ones who dress up in Princess Leia or Queen Amidala costumes (Leia for me, Amidala for Mark).
Amazingly, Albany Comic Con (which is a small but really awesome and well-run con in Albany, NY where we shoot the web series) was my first comic book convention. I say amazingly because I’ve been into comics since I was a kid. I’ve been to a few science fiction conventions, but never a comic one. And, man, I’ve really been missing out. Like Mark said, the thing that struck me the most was how friendly everyone was. People were just really happy to be there and converse with their fellow comic/anime/superhero fans.
The other thing that stuck out for me is the accessibility people had to the comic book writers and artists who were at the tables. All of them were very welcoming and open to talking with fans. I chatted with Nelson Blake II (artist of The Magdalena, a character I’ve always been a big fan of) who was at a nearby table and was very friendly. Sitting next to him was Ron Marz, the writer of Witchblade, Magdalena, and Artifacts, and as far as I’m concerned, one of the best writers working in the comics industry. I asked Ron if I could get a picture with him. And I expected to just stand next to him, but instead he grabbed me in a big bear hug and posed for a picture :) Author and illustrator Mark McKenna, a 25-year veteran of the comics industry (The Punisher, Incredible Hulk, Deadpool) was also super-friendly and gave me some cool advice about finding an artist for the graphic novel version of Super Knocked Up.
Now, while almost everyone who came up to our table was super-excited about the idea of a web series about a female super-villain who gets knocked up by a superhero, I also discovered that the series isn’t going to be for everyone. One woman kept giving us dirty looks while she was at the table next door (though that didn’t stop her from coming by multiple times to take the candy we were offering people) and a mom pulled her kid away saying “Oh, that’s not for you.” Apparently, she thought we were making porn. Actually, just about all indie filmmakers can tell you they’ve had multiple experiences that go like this:
Indie Filmmaker: Yeah, I’m making an independent film.
Other Person: Oh, is it porn? Heh, heh heh.
Of course, when I’m asked that I like to tell people “Yup, we’re making super hard-core lesbian porn.” Okay, I don’t really say that. I’m actually very polite about it and just tell them what the film’s about. Though now I’m wondering if there is Superhero Porn out there. You’d think there would be, right? Hmm, I might be onto something. Nah, I think I’ll just stick with our good old PG-13 Super Knocked Up series we’re doing :)
But the point is that it’s okay if not everyone digs the series. I learned a while ago that not everyone is going to like my films. There are even people who don’t like Star Wars (my favorite film of all time). And while that may be considered blasphemy by some, it’s okay. A film or web series isn’t going to appeal to every single person in the world. Hopefully, a bunch of people will dig it. And some others won’t. But there’s such diversity in entertainment now, they can go find another series they do really like. And that’s cool!
What was even cooler was a young lady named Jessica who stopped by and said she wanted to do fan art for our Facebook page. And I was like, “Um, hell yeah! That’d be awesome!” It’s that kind of stuff that totally makes these events a great experience.
I also want to give huge thanks to everyone who stopped by our table at Albany Comic Con, who signed up for our e-mail list or to be a super-villain extra, and who Liked our Facebook page right there on the spot! I really enjoyed meeting all of you and really appreciate your support. I also want to give a shout-out to Mike Spring, who was at the table next to us selling super-cool collectibles, books, DVDs , and whatever else you can imagine. I actually bought a sweet Star Wars speeder bike and Return of the Jedi poster from him :) A super-cool guy and an oracle of knowledge when it comes to using Twitter. Check him out at www.DVDsnapshot.com
See below for some cool pics from the con, including some awesome costumes! Though I’m still disappointed there were no Princess Leia costumes.
That’s it for now. Can’t wait until the next convention!