Sunday, February 15, 2009

New England Webcomics Weekend

If you've ever wondered how the frak webcartoonists spend their days and longed to get an up-close look at the cartooning process, then it's time to book your tickets to sunny Easthampton, Massachusetts. Western Mass has attracted an impressive glut of talented webcomics creators, including Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content, Jeffrey Rowland of Wigu and Overcompensating, and Meredith Gran of Octopus Pie. It's also the headquarters for webcomics collective and hosting company Dumbrella and webcomics merch shop TopatoCo.

So it's apt that Easthampton will play host to March's Webcomics Weekend, a free convention for creators and readers of webcomics. On March 20-22, participants will get a first-hand look at the webcomics businesses housed in the Eastworks building, have an opportunity to buy books and merchandise, and schmooze with some of the biggest names in online comics.

What's especially exciting about this particular event isn't just that the guests include some of webcomics' heaviest hitters; many of these folks make their living from their cartooning endeavors. They're pioneers in micropayments and merchandising their work and helping legitimize the medium as a viable industry for those with the patience and the talent make the most of it.

Those looking to attend the Webcomics Weekend can do the (non-binding) RSVP thing on Facebook.

[Webcomics Weekend, March 20-22]

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