I hung out with Tom Moon and Ronnie for most of the day. The con didn't officially open until 2:00, but we got a sneak peak while folks were setting up (thank you pro badges!). I got to see a bit of it after 2:00, then I had to split for family tasks. I saw the guys a bit later briefly, with the addition of Marty, when Ronnie returned one of my guest badges to me. We all seem to be doing well... it will be nice to have Marty living so close now! He said he was going to see Ron as well. Ron, if you are reading this, be sure to come to TAG this Tuesday!This is a great con... I saw loads of my TAG North buddies. Artist Alley is large and well populated. It was pretty dang crowded for a Friday afternoon. Last year was the first time they had a Friday and it wasn't nearly this well attended. If the organizers are smart they will make Friday an full day next year.I'm going back Sunday with the Tom and the kids.
What's this Marty news? Going to live in Seattle?
Thanks for the journalism Rick.
Marty just moved to Portland OR, about a 3-4 hour drive away. Seattle is where you live if you aren't quite cool enough for Portland.
Portlandia. Whitest demographic in America. Rains 6 months of the year.I've checked.
Whitest or wettest? ;)
White and wet.
I thought it sounded like a fairly nice place to be until I read this.PORTLANDIANot like this is shangri-La where I live. But the weather is nice.
Yes, Marty is in Portland--neither hip nor young, but living amongst their ranks. It's nice!Best part of my day-trip to Seattle was of course seeing my dear ol' TAG brethren. Tommy, Ron and Ronnie, and Rick--thanks fellas for being so kind to yet another video-game refugee. A really, really fun way to get together. I encourage all of our TAG brotherhood to make the trip next year--seriously! It will be a blast. The Con itself impressed me mightily--great laid-back attitude and accessibility. And extra points for being right in the heart of downtown Seattle, (which is way hipper and big-city cool than puny Portland). I really liked it. And yet...Rick's note about the year-over-year increase in Friday attendance made me wonder...clearly a genial comic book gathering, but were those low rumbles I heard the first shudders of a werewolf-ian transformation into an S.D.-like cultural event? Time will tell. For now it is a much better alternative to S.D. (every artist/publisher I talked to said the same: they DREAD going to San Diego these days). This Con is now the consensus industry fave (esply since WonderCon has been moved to Anaheim).Does this transformation into "cultural event" happen when a plurality of attendees are no longer coming to the Con for a love of comics, but rather for a love of the larger superhero/zombie/vampire/sci-fi/fantasy media?I'm not arguing for elitism (am I?), but I gotta wonder, how many people are buying comics? Let's hope it's lots!
Yeah, it is becoming a cultural 'event', but for now this con seems to be especially focused on the art side of the equation... the artist alley is at least as big as SD's, but the rest of the con is about a 5th the size, which suggests to me that the organizers still put a premium on having a high percentage of the con be about exposing the audience to new art and artists and creating a dialog between them.
Interesting. Certainly enough people that do comics and cartoons have decided Seattle is the place to be. I may end up there before I die.
This new Muslim Brotherhood guy coming into power reminded me of the kind of pug ugly I sketch out of my head. Rick Termed them Schlubby.Schlubby to the Max
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