Finally am recovering from MoCCA Fest. It was SO GREAT this year! Met some inspiring indie comic creators, reconnected with old friends, sold some of my comics, got some interest in my freelance services. I heard there were over 4,000 attendees on Saturday alone, which was more than both days last year! I felt very honored to be a part of such an amazing festival. Everywhere you looked there was someone's comic/merch/fun stuff they poured their heart into.
Thank you to everyone who got any of my mini comics, got a sketch, or just stopped by to say "Hi!" Shared a table with my friend Nadia again. We both had new merch! She had new bookmarks and prints, and I was promoting my custom comics (in the frame) and finished my new story in time! Literally spent all of the Friday before finishing it up. Thank God for 24-hour Staples ;)
This is a page from the 5 page mini comic: "The Lucky Penny: Unlucky in Love?" I made sure not to title it "The Lucky Penny 2" because "The Misfortune Cookie 2" doesn't sell as well as the original "Misfortune Cookie" even though it's a self-contained story, people think you have to get the first one and aren't gonna buy the second one alone. "Unlucky in Love?" sold pretty well! I'm very proud of this story - the main character expresses thoughts I'm going through, and I challenged myself with drawings (those hands at the bottom were tricky) and perspective. Super glad I finished it on time and had something "hot off the press" I could tell people excitedly about :)
Also did my usual sketching. It wasn't as crazy non-stop like NYCC, but it was pretty good. This one came out the best, and the kid was absolutely thrilled :)
Ever since the Society of Illustrators took over MoCCA Fest, it's gotten better and better. I think my favorite part this year was such a nice reception with free food and booze for all the creators and volunteers. It was wonderful to be treated to something like that and I got to make friends and network and just talk about comics and animation and all that cool stuff. I wish MoCCA was more than just once a year, because it has an underground, artsy vibe that NYCC or the more "fanboy" shows don't have. I want to get into more indie fests. Didn't get into SPX this year to exhibit, but maybe I'll go just for fun.