Greetings loyal blog-readers!
I was having a conversation with Rowdy Schoolyard‘s Dave Paggi (the creator of Pancake Lover) and started getting really excited about the prospect of teaming up for a table at next year’s MoCCA Festival. However, as someone who tends to get extremely excited about things—in both good and bad ways—I thought putting a few things out here would (A) help me get some good feedback from a varied audience about how to make this cool plan a successful reality and (B) put my commitment to this idea “on paper” in the blogosphere, thus making it all the more important I follow through on it.
Firstly, for those of you EoP readers not in the know, the MoCCA Festival is a weekend event put on by the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art that acts as a super fun going-on for comic fans and creators, as well as a fundraiser for the museum. Littered (in a good way) with booths and tables featuring relative unknowns and giants of the comics world, MoCCA is geared—more so than a regular convention—toward the Indie scene and “the little guy” comic creator. All that said, I’ve never been and I’m summing it up based on loads I’ve heard and read from super cool people I know… so for more on MoCCA, check the much-linked-around posts by rad dudes Rickey Purdin and Sean T. Collins at The Cool Kids Table and All Too Flat, respectively.
Back to my conversation with Señor Paggi…
Dave and I both missed this year’s MoCCA and were chatting about how missing out stinks. I commented on how my fledgling cartooning had made me yearn all the more to attend an event like MoCCA and be the man behind the table, even if I was just a comic-loving amateur cartoonist and not an amazing talent—it just seems like a festival would be that much more fun if you had some work on display, sketchy though it might be. Dave then brought up that he was trying to/thinking about putting together a Rowdy Schoolyard zine to sell at the show, but obviously hadn’t had time to put it together this year. I then added that I had plans to add my Enemy Of Peanuts: The Webcomic strips into a printed minicomic/zine entitled Super Dooper Action Adventure Comics for Kids and Grown Ups! with some other ideas I have written but haven’t had a chance to doodle up yet.
This led to talk of a potential Enemy of Peanuts/Rowdy Schoolyard Team Up table for next year’s MoCCA, which I think sounds like a phenomenally awesome idea.
I think this idea not only gives me a set plan—of sorts—for my cartooning and a final product that I’d need ready for a set deadline, but it also helps to group some ideas I have had floating around into a more solid and presentable form with a goal behind it—that goal being to have my zine ready for next year’s MoCCA.
But maybe that’s just me thinking this would be great.
So here’s where I put this plan before you, my friendly neighborhood EoP readers, and ask you what you think: Is this an awesome plan or a delusional effort? If I put together a zine of my webcomics and other artistic efforts, would you buy it for a small price? Do you think others would buy it? Should I make up some Enemy of Peanuts t-shirts to sell here and possibly, in the future, at festivals or conventions? Would you all do me the favor of encouraging me along this winding and likely difficult road? Do you think I have the art chops to do this without making a fool of myself if I arrived at a festival trying to sell my comics? Am I crazy? Am I now more awesome for aspiring to this goal?
I’d love some feedback on this, and please feel free to make it as general or specific as you’d like. I’ll probably use this as my game plan for the next year of cartooning whether I get zero responses to this post or 12, but even though I think this is a groovy plan, I’d love to hear what people think. So please, let me know!