Perhaps no convention has done more to embrace webcomics creators of all degrees of experience as ConnectiCon, run by Matt Daigle and Briana Benn. As this year’s convention came to a successful conclusion, the con was suddenly hit with unexpected expenses long into the five figures. Now, some well-known webcomics authors are donating their resources to saving Matt and Briana from financial ruin, as well as saving the con itself.
The SaveConnectiCon.com site was built and is hosted by Pierre “Fuitad” Brunet, while the effort to organize the community has been led by Tim Buckley of Ctrl-Alt-Del. Lending close support are the creators of Applegeeks, Chugworth, Dominic Deegan, 8-Bit Theatre, Fallen, Instant Classic, Least I Could Do, Mac Hall, No 4th Wall to Break, Oscuro Destiny, Paradox Lost, PartiallyClips, Staccato, VG Cats, and other guests and attendees of ConnectiCon 2005.
For the second year running, ConnectiCon put together the largest-ever gathering of webcomics on one stage. The all-volunteer staff worked around the clock to put on an incredible event. Free space in the dealers’ room, valued at thousands of dollars, was given to allow creators to sell their books and merchandise. Webcomics creators were “auctioned” off, raising hundreds of dollars to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
But now suddenly it’s the con which needs donations. The Save ConnectiCon group is calling for direct PayPal donations from the webcomics-reading public to offset the tremendous loss. Original sketches and drawings will be auctioned on eBay, and other efforts to raise funds are being discussed. Your participation is invited, and you are especially urged to put the Save Connecticon banner on your site. Send your ideas and additional offers of help to firstname.lastname@example.org.