That convention lasted 4 days but I was only able to attend the last 2. I had a swell time there. It's the 2nd closest convention in my area that I know of. It was definitely a mood lifter. It was great to see fandom artists and more at the event. Mainly, I went to see Valsalia
in person but inside the dealer's den, I saw a pleasant surprise: Dave Hopkins who made the Jack
series. It was totally unexpected, I had to strike up a conversation with the guy. For those who don't know, Jack
is an older publication that is one of the most NSFW things I've ever seen on the internet. Let's leave it at that. He's been on break for while but plans on resuming his story which will end in a few years. I bought a sketch from him that I will post later and he gave me a copy of his most recent printed work which are stories from his patreon. That said, I didn't buy much in the convention...as much as I'd want to. I did kinda gush to him that sometime in the future in my bucket list, I'd possibly like to do a crossover story with him like what DC and Image comics did ala Spawn/Batman.
You know, our "heroes" fighting one another at first and then working together. Instead of shutting me down right there, he seemed pretty chill about the idea which was cool. Not that it was going to happen anytime soon.
After that run-in, I attended Val's panel about transformation in fiction. The room was oddly packed and I got a good seat. The panel went on as one would expect. It was a simple overview about TF in stories and how people enjoy it, in general. That's fine and dandy but for an aficionado such as myself, it was really just affirming what I already know from the numbers of tales I've read about it. Still, it was amazing how many folks showed up there. Later on, I hung out with him for a bit and his art posse, chatting with him as he worked on the next pages of his comic. My take away was that he's pretty knowledgeable & not a jerk. He really puts a lot of thought into Out of Placers than one'd first thought and that made me go 'Wow' (if it wasn't noticeable from his lore pages before). He's got a nice circle of friends who all got special yinglet drawing [pocket]books even! *redacted*
Honorable mentions go to Gideon, Max Blackrabbit and other artists that I saw there. Seeing people in person is much different than reading or interacting with them over the internet. I totally got my time and money's worth going there. I will comment that a bunch of panels there felt a bit loose since some folks cussed even when it's not an Adult only panel. I'll see if I can attend 1 or 2 more this year. It's kind of a bummer I wasn't able to secure a Dealer or Art table this year but there's always next time. I did try my best to promote my webcomic on-foot though...well, as good as my level of outgoing-ness allowed me to. Can't get too comfy, there's still events coming up for me next week!