Why I Go To Comic Book Conventions (a somewhat embarassed confession)

On August 24, 2011 · 1 Comments

I’ve realized this year that a major reason I go to comic book conventions isn’t for fun, but because I feel a need to be legitimized as a cartoonist. After so many years of getting nowhere with cartooning, it means a lot to me to go someplace where readers, and especially other cartoonists, will say “Oh, you did Hereville? That was really good.”

It’s also, sad to say, why I enjoy being nominated for awards. (Did I oh-so-casually mention that Hereville was nominated for an Eisner, a Harvey, and an Ignatz? I did? Well, then, let me just casually mention it again.)

I was talking about this to another cartoonist — someone who has won major cartooning awards and is published by a prestigious company. And he told me that despite all that, he still feels the same need for legitimization. It never goes away, apparently.

In conclusion: Maybe I’ll try to go to fewer cons this year.

One Response to “Why I Go To Comic Book Conventions (a somewhat embarassed confession)”

  1. Line Noise says:

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