SpringCon was great last week. For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s the larger of the two Minnesota conventions put on by the wonderful folks of the Midwest Comic Book Association. FallCon is a one-day show in October, but SpringCon runs Saturday and Sunday, usually in May. The Minneapolis/Saint Paul area has a great comics scene and the MCBA goes out of its way to treat creators like royalty, so there’s always a lot of participation. Both conventions are fantastic, family-friendly shows and highlights of my year.
My wife was out of town for a friend’s college graduation, so David and I hung out together all weekend. David made the second issue of Hulkasaurus, his series of mini-comics about his own giant monster, and I had several copies of Kill All Monsters left over from C2E2. KAM did very well and I sold out early on Sunday.
David sold most of his copies of Hulkasaurus #2. A couple of other friends of mine were also exhibiting with their kids who did very well all weekend. It’s great to see children getting into making art and comics so early, and even greater to see the local community support them so much.
David had an iguana puppet at his table, which is the model for a giant monster in Hulkasaurus, so he had a great time using it to attract people to the table. Or just playing with friends:
As usual, we sat near Grant Gould who’s always amazing with kids. He and David did an art trade, with Grant’s drawing one of David’s favorite characters and David’s drawing something Grant had mentioned earlier: a dinosaur/scorpion hybrid.
In addition to talking to people – and I know I’m leaving out so many of them; I’m sorry – I bought a bunch of comics of course and a couple of pieces of art, including this Godzilla silhouette by Jennifer Menken.
One final memory of the show was how humid it was. We had unseasonably hot weather at FallCon a few years ago and it was appropriately dubbed SweatCon. This year, I thought that MoistCon would be appropriate until the torrential rains started coming down on Sunday and it turned into something more like HurriCon.
Not that that “dampened” anyone’s fun. It was a great time and thanks again to the MCBA for hosting!