taylor-the-weird asked: Hey Fabian! It's Taylor, that weird girl who's Rob Guillory's assistant. I couldn't find where I put your card, but I managed to find you on social media easily enough. It was cool meeting you at the New Orleans con this weekend, you're a pretty rad guy! I haven't had a chance to read Doc Unknown yet, but I'm looking forward to it!
Taylor! It was awesome meeting you! Lemme know what you think of Doc when you get around to reading it. Thanks, again!
Fabian Rangel Jr. is a Corpus Christi based comic book writer who has put out a number of titles including Extinct, Los Muertos, and Doc Unknown. An avid participant in the yearly Free Comic Book Day and becoming quite a well known figure in the community, Rangel’s status as a creator and writer…
It would be really awesome if you checked this out.
Last weekend was Baltimore Comic Con, a show that was fairly pleasant by my standards and expectations of a comics convention. All in all it was a laid back, fun experience. A good time with friends and fellow creators and a good opportunity to talk to those of you who stopped by the table.
But towards the end of the show I had a couple of encounters that have got me thinking about what my expectations of a show are and how those have largely changed over the years. Granted I’m in a much better, slightly more privileged place these days, but it wasn’t so long ago that cons were a really torturous experience. I really do still understand what it feels like to attend a con hoping for a leg up, only to find yourself face down.
The conversations I had this weekend were with a few folks in that position. Some successful pros, others maybe not so fortunate yet. They inspired me to write down my thoughts on attending comics cons as a creator, which is something I’m really an old hand at. The philosophies I largely abide by are in a state of constant evolution. Honestly they’re the by product of far more error than trial. But of late they’ve really seemed to make attending conventions a much more rewarding experience and and have in no small way been beneficial to the career I’m trying to build and art I’m trying to create.
So with that in mind here’s what this thing isn’t:
It’s not how to nail a portfolio review or get an editor’s email.
It’s not what magic pen to use in order to ink like Wally Wood.
It’s not how to get rich at a comics show.
If that’s the kind of stuff you want advice on there are plenty of better folks to get it from. What I have to say MIGHT lead you to people who do know how to do all of the above and more. But I can’t promise you that. All I know is what has and hasn’t worked for me, and to some degree why. It should go without saying that ultimately it’s up to you to determine what that’s worth.
Still with me? Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Fuck yeah, comic cons.