Webcomics Rampage: 2012

Webcomics Rampage is a small signing and panel discussion for webcomics artists and their fans that they host at a local comics book shop in Austin called Dragon’s Lair. You may remember my post about this event last year.

This year they limited you to one of the three panels, and the “After Dark” one (by far the most amusing from last year’s experience) was full by the time I got around to making the call. We went to the afternoon panel, and also managed to sneak into the After Dark panel by arriving early.

Didn’t make a fool of myself at either of the panels this year. That’s good.

Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots) and one of the comic shop's very friendly cats.

Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots) and one of the comic shop’s very friendly cats.

After the hilariously inappropriate (imagine: a bunch of 20-to-30-somethings comic writers in a room together, allowed to say whatever they want) second panel was over, I went and bought the books I was missing from my Girls with Slingshots collection (and had them signed and drawn in). Also got to meet E.K. Weaver, a local graphic designer who also writes a webcomic (be aware that if you go looking for it, it can be NSFW), and purchased her two books as well. Met Zach Weiner of SMBC fame, and my boyfriend completely geeked out all over him, bought some merch, and offered to buy him a drink. He politely declined, saying they had an early morning the next day.

Got one of these shirts for my dad.

Got one of these shirts for my dad.

The webcomics community is a great, relatively new grouping of friendly people. The authors are really down-to-earth, and more than willing to chat with their fans and do not take themselves seriously, even though some have them have become extremely well-known. I’ll be back next year for a third go.

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