Mailbag: Are comic conventions through?
Q. While working on my art this week I’m listening to old WW podcasts, and as I was listening to episode number 4 about conventions it was almost surreal to hear you guys discussing all these varied conventions that no one ever talks about anymore. Heroes, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, etc. In fact, at one point there was even a Webcomic Weekend convention!
I remember back at that time like 2005-2008 it seemed like conventions were a cornerstone of the webcomics market. In contrast, it seems like now there are only two or three conventions that are really vital for webcomic artists anymore, and in truth these big cons are almost too expensive and seem very high risk for most creators.
Now I realize that part of that was the tough economy, but is there a real chance that conventions no longer bring any real value to creators? Do you think they’re going to make a rebound or is it just a lost entity? Or, maybe the way we approach comic cons needs to change?
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