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Comicon Friday - Webcomics 102

Standing room only!So, after missing Webcomics 101: Getting Started on Thursday, I was determined to not miss Webcomics 102 on Friday. So I showed up an hour early, and there was already a line of about thirty people! In the end, the line ended up being just as long as it was Thursday, but the volunteer running the room was much nicer on Friday, and really packed in the people well beyond room capacity, which let almost everyone in, I believe. The picture on the left was actually taken as people were still coming in and filling the standing room only gaps. As always, click on a picture for a higher res version.

Bill BarnesBill Barnes (Unshelved) was running the panel, but at no point in the entire hour did he have any semblance of control. There were simply too many bigger-than-life personas cracking jokes than he could handle. This did make for a somewhat disorganized event, so the panel didn't actually cover a whole lot of ground in terms of how to find your audience, but it was definitely a good time and a good look into the minds of these creators.

PvP and Penny ArcadeThe "funny" side of the panel was Scott Kurtz (PvP), Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (Penny Arcade). They each had a lot of fans at the panel who egged them on as much as possible, and they responded with quite a bit of wit and humor in addition to also giving some useful information about things they had done to get an audience.

 

Stevens and StraubThe "serious" side of the panel was Rich Stevens (Diesel Sweeties) and Kris Straub (Starslip Crisis). They weren't really all that serious, but they did seem to be more interested in actually trying to address questions directly than making jokes, so they dubbed themselves the serious side.

The panel was a whole lot of fun, and the panelists had the audience laughing out loud for pretty much the entire time with jokes about pandering to the audience, lesbians, and in general making people raise their hands to admit embarassing things they've done.

But in spite of all the humor, the panelists did manage to communicate some important principles for finding your audience. The conclusion was that finding an audience is an organic process which involves you showing up on schedule, providing content exactly when you say you will, and then just being yourself and being active in the community, posting in blogs, visiting forums, and getting to know people, slowly but surely building your audience until you finally get that "big break" opportunity to get big, which seems to come at random times.

Now I'm just looking forward to seeing how I can make money from Webcomics 103!

I apologize if it comes off

Tom Brazelton's picture

I apologize if it comes off harsh - and no doubt the moderator plays an important role in keeping discussions like these organized.

 But there are no direct quotes from any of the creators and really nothing useful to take away from the article.

 Unless, of course, it was the authors intent to provide only a high-level look at the event and give readers a sense of the vibe in the room...

It sounds like everyone had a great time. Is it wrong to want to know more?Â

Theater Hopper -::- Comics about movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday -::- http://www.theaterhopper.com

Theater Hopper -::- Comics about movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday -::- http://www.theaterhopper.com

I must say, I'm curious too.

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I must say, I'm curious too. I'd love to see at least a partial transcript from someone.Â

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Yeah, in retrospect I should

Yeah, in retrospect I should have recorded the panel. Things happened so rapid fire that I wasn't really able to remember any specific quotes or anything. I think Kris Straub mentioned having a recording, maybe we can get him to post it.

 Seriously though, it was like one big bundle of jokes. It was pretty crazy.

And You Got In!

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

Hey let's not forget that you got into the panel!! It sounds like it was brutal to get into all of the panels this year.

I wish I could have gone - maybe next year....Â

Thanks very much for covering so much of SDCC for Comixpedia Gilead - and go read his blog! :)Â

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Xaviar Xerexes

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I apologize for being

Tom Brazelton's picture

I apologize for being negative, but this article provides no information whatsoever. For those of us who could not make it to San Diego, you're doing a real disservice to readers like myself who had hoped to gleen a little more insight than "one side was funny and one side was serious!"

Unless the breadth of the convesation really was as simplistic as "update your comic and post in blogs." But I get the sense you just didn't take very good notes.

Theater Hopper -::- Comics about movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday -::- http://www.theaterhopper.com

Theater Hopper -::- Comics about movies every Monday, Wednesday and Friday -::- http://www.theaterhopper.com

I suspect you may be being a

I suspect you may be being a little harsh here. Whist I wasn't at the event, the reason for any lack of substance in this post is probably due to the following:

[quote]Â Bill Barnes (Unshelved) was running the panel, but at no point in the entire hour did he have any semblance of control. There were simply too many bigger-than-life personas cracking jokes than he could handle. [/quote]

No need to shoot the messenger ...

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DUDES!!!

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That room had some GREAT beards in it! As well, I'm glad I got to see the GUN SHOW live, as well as the GUT show. That was a good laugh at the end of a HARD long day.Â

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I am SO GOOD at

Molapro Andrew's picture

I am SO GOOD at webcomicking, that I don't even need this panel....

=( I wish I was there.