Tell me if this fits: the number one cause of bad convention etiquette is the fear that you’ll approach the booth of one of your favorite creators, and they’ll look at you and say — either out loud, or to themselves — “I don’t care.”
So you change yourself to seem more interesting. You come up with a line to use. You queue up a joke or a story that you hope is more interesting than what you really wanted to say: “I like your work.”
Creators all have nightmare stories about weird fans at their booth who spend interminable minutes trying to express something. I wonder what percentage of those incidents would decrease if that fan actually felt assured that we were listening. That we did care.
There are people I follow online, many who follow me back and interact with me positively, who I still would not approach at a con because I’m afraid of wasting their time. That if I did walk up to them, they’d stare at me with that blank smile that I’ve been guilty of wearing at times. The one that says “okay, champ, move along. I don’t care.” I’m afraid.
Gang, I will be exhibiting at Geek Girl Con here in Seattle on October 19 and 20th at the Washington State Convention Center. Apart from sitting at a booth, I’m also looking forward to attending panels — I hope my thirst for discourse and ideas is slaked!! Here’s a couple of the ones I’m planning to attend:
Deconstructing the Mary Sue Myth
Changing Culture in Mainstream and Alternative Spaces
All the Real Girls: Creating Real Girls in Comics
Women in Comics: What’s Left To Do
I dunno, fora and essays like this generally turn a lot of cranks for me. I want that crank rotation. Excited to see a couple people I know exhibiting too.
Hi everyone. I decided to reinstitute my blog just in case I feel like writing about something. I’ve tried consolidating my content at other locations (Broodhollow, Chainsawsuit), and that’s fine, but a blog on Chainsawsuit will never take the place of me talking to you one on one like this. Those places have individual voices I need to write in; this is a blog where I’d like to express my thoughts, since it’s no longer my actual hub.
I also decided to come back to Tumblr, and use it as a platform rather than go hard in the community. I left Tumblr a year or two ago because I don’t like how the system makes it easy to appropriate work and not credit the creator. But that’s everywhere — that’s an internet-level problem, not a Tumblr one. And what I’ll be sharing here are my thoughts, which aren’t really… the most enticing pieces of content to be thieved.
(Actually if there was some dissemination of them I’d probably feel validated.)