(From The Devil’s Panties. Click on image to see full-sized image.)
Ah, this episode brings back memories. I remember my first comic convention. Actually, my only comic convention, I’ve not been able to afford another one (or more specifically I’ve not been willing to spend what little money I have without a regular income coming in). It was ComicCon in San Diego, CA, in 2002. And naturally enough I procrastinated everything.
I bought my plane tickets the day before leaving. I didn’t have a hotel room or anything, and hoped, no prayed that I’d find something out there. About the only thing I actually did ahead of time was have my tickets for ComicCon itself (which ended up pissing off half of Keenspace because they didn’t realize they qualified under “professional” status and could get into the convention for free) (back then Tangents was an actual webcomic instead of the review site I have up now – and I’d been updating so apparently it was enough to get in the doors).
Fortunately I was able to find a room to crash (among the other Keenspacers, I paid cash for my share and slept on the floor). It was a grand time. I met Maritza Campos… hung out with David Willis (someone brought a Playstation with them and he spent half the time there playing it), watched as Glych and Steve Troop cuddled… oh, and there was the convention itself!
Jennie regularly writes about her travels to various conventions. Heck, sometimes I wonder how she manages to find time to actually live. But it’s a bit of fun watching each convention in turn, watching her get high on sugar, becoming a total fangirl when she meets someone she thinks is especially cool, and so forth. And it’s also amusing watching the frantic race to prepare for the convention.
I mean, girl, you’ve been doing these conventions for how long now? You’d think you’d have gotten some sort of clue on what to do by now. Oh well, I suppose the panic is part of what makes this comic so enjoyable.
As an aside, The Devil’s Panties has been Spotted – Keenspotted, that is. I wonder if she’ll be hanging out at the Keenspot table this year at ComicCon. Wish I could afford to go to it. Though considering Maritza and Pete Abrams are both not going to be there, I suppose missing it this year won’t be too bad.
Besides, maybe in a year I can convince my fellow critics to head out there and we can set up a Critics Table or some such. At the very least I’m sure Jennie will be there, frantically trying to prepare for the flood gates to open.