Comic Con Postmortemon May 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm
It has been about ten days since the Boston Comic Con wrapped up, and I’m still thinking about how things turned out that weekend. Those two days, April 21st and 22nd, represented a big step for our little website. It was the first time that Randolph House Productions was ever really promoted to the public, and it was definitely an eye-opening experience.
It was a pleasure to see so many people walking around that have an intense love for comics and popular culture. We had visitors at our table who were genuinely curious about Randolph House, which is always good motivation for four guys who are just starting their own website.
However, I wish that we had made a bigger impact. For every person that was interested in one of our flyers about the website, there were countless others who just wouldn’t give us the time of day. It can be discouraging, but also understandable. I mean, the site did just launch a few months ago. I suppose it takes a bit of time to make an impression with comic book fans, especially when you take into account the wide variety of guests and events available on the convention floor.
Speaking of the convention floor, we had some really nice neighbors nearby us. Our table was right next to the guys at Five and Dime Comics, a website that also specializes in online comics. They clearly have been at this longer than we have, and it showed from the amount of visitors that stopped by their table during both days of the convention. Hopefully, with a little bit more time under our belts, Randolph can build up a fanbase just like Five and Dime have managed to do. If you would like to know more, go to http://www.fiveanddimecomics.com/ and check out their stuff.
Also within walking distance was the great Bernie Wrightson. Responsible for co-creating Swamp Thing for DC Comics in 1971, Wrightson’s work on numerous horror titles over the decades has made him a true legend in the field of comic book artists. And besides his work in comics, Wrightson has also made some major contributions to the film industry by doing concept art for various sci-fi and horror movies. If you were impressed with how the creatures looked in “Ghostbusters,” “The Faculty,” “Galaxy Quest” or “The Mist,” you have Bernie to thank for drawing them first. So it was a thrill to chat with Mr. Wrightson and being able to get him to sign a collection of his best-known stories from his days with Warren Publishing. For me, it was the highlight of the convention.
All in all, the Comic Con weekend was a blast, and I’m hopeful that this is just the start of many, many more for us at Randolph House Productions. The calendar is already marked for 2013.