Yesterday I had my first Con experience at Sydney Armageddon.
Its a bit of mixed show with comics, anime and celebrity signings etc. Lots of Cosplay.
The actual comic section really only consisted of a few guests and a large retailer and some local artists. I was expecting a bit more but I still had a great time.
I made the 2 hour trip and met up with fellow forum member Lukeh and a friend of his.
The comic guests consisted of Ethan Nan Sciver, Dan Slott and Gail Simone.
There was a panel with Dan Slott and Gail Simone immeadiately followed by a panel with Ethan Van Sciver.
The panel with Dan and Gail was really casual and mainly involved a Q&A session. Both were great speakers and Dan was especially great, very enthusiastic, warm and funny. He and Gail seemed to really enjoy themselves.
Ethan immediatley followed Dan and Gail, and to be honest I was thinking of not staying for his panel as he isn't a particular favourite of mine. In the end, I decided to hang around.
I'm glad I did. I found him to be a really genuine, humourus guy. He answered any questions with total honesty, even at the expense of his own ego/appearence.
He discussed his entry into the biz and what anybody wanting to get in needs to do.
He also had some random funny stories and anecdotes. Just a great discussion on his experiences within the industry. He discussed some of his upcoming projects, one with Gail Simone with a horror theme!
I wasn't expecting to enjoy his panel a great deal but found myself leaving the panel with new found admiration for the guy.
I spent the rest of the day wondering around looking at the various stall and talking to local artists.
I managed to get a few sketches from some great local talent as well as a couple scans (which are too big to include here.)
All in all, I had a great day. I intend on going to the next con in July and plan on taking my eldest boy. I think I have caght the con bug I have heard many others talk about.