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In advance of Gem City Comic Con, our own Andy B3nn3tt posted the following on facebook:

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I swear, Andy doesn’t use any more lines that I do. They just fall in the right spot. I believe this is a commission, so hit him up if you want one.

Gem City is this weekend, March 23-24, at the Nutter Center in Dayton. I’m a little bummed to miss it; Howard Chaykin will be there.

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    I’m one of the guests at Gem City Comic Con this weekend, in Dayton, Ohio. Hours are Saturday March 31st, 10am – 5pm, and Sunday April 1st, 10am – 4pm

    Tickets will run you a mere $8/day, or $15 for the weekend.

    Other guests include Mark Waid, Larry Hamma, Dan Parent, and many more, including my fellow PANEListas Andy Bennett and Tom Williams. I’ll have my graphic novels and comics available for sale, lus all the PANEL anthologies.

    If you make it to the show, please drop by my table and say hi.

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      Hey, just wanted to let our readers in Central Ohio (and surrounding states) know about the 6th annual Gem City Comic Con, this Sunday, April 3 in Dayton, Ohio.

      Guests are Steve Englehart, Rodney Ramos, Bob McLeod, and Joe Jusko, and a ton of local and regional talent. I’ll have a table as well, and so will fellow PANELista Andy Bennett. Admission is a mere $6,

      If you’re at the show, stop by my table and say hi. I’ll have the latest PANEL anthology, plus an assortment of other fine comics.

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        Several of your favorite PANEListas will be attending the Gem City Comic Convention tomorrow, April 5. It’s is a nice little convention on the Wright State University campus in Dayton, Ohio. In attendance from PANEL:

        • Dara Naraghi
        • Tom Williams
        • Molly Durst
        • Craig Bogart
        • Andy Bennett
        • Dan Barlow

        Plus friends-of-the-ferret:

        • Chad Lambert
        • Uko Smith
        • Comic Related
        • Dave Aikins

        And comics luminaries:

        • Chris Claremont
        • Frank Brunner
        • Don Kramer

        And many more guests.

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          Comic Related has started to post up pics from Sunday’s Gem City. I never saw this couple in the Indy room. Cosplayers have arrived at Gem City. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It was bound to happen.

          We all got to chat up the CR guy. Kinda neat that someone’s covering some of the smaller shows as well as the big ones.

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            Yesterday was the third annual Gem City Comic Convention in Dayton, Ohio at Wright State University. As always, Gem City is the most comfortable convention there is as guests are treated to cushy, executive-style office chairs. The independent creators’ room is in a conference room off the main dealers’ room. The show has gotten bigger and bigger each year. While the dealers’ room has always been hopping, what started as about ten creators in a small room, has turned into a couple of dozen small-press creators showing their wares. Out in the solarium/hallway is a great mix of old-time professionals (Marv Wolfman) and newer artists (Billy Tan).

            PANEL represented at the show. Andy Bennett was a featured guest out in the solarium. Dara Naraghi, Tom Williams, Craig Bogart, and I kicked it in the independent creators’ room where, according to a disembodied voice over the PA, “the cutting edge of comics was occurring.” Molly Durst wasn’t set up to sell comics, but was there (and scored a sweet set of fuzzy dice, polyhedron style). Luckily, we got there early to set up since the tables, for some reason, are first-come, first serve. While it wasn’t a problem for the most part, there were some creators who showed up later after the tables were all taken; they were forced to take hastily set up tables shoved in the middle of the room. Maybe next year, the indie room will end up being two rooms.

            There seemed to be a decent amount of traffic for a Sunday show on the nicest weather day of the year so far. There were the normal lulls in traffic at the beginning and end of the day. But while there were a lot of people in the room, it didn’t seem like many people were actually looking at the books, and they definitely weren’t buying.

            I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, but sales were way down, especially compared to the last two Gem City shows. Even people who were familiar with the PANEL books and had bought them before didn’t pick up the new anthologies. In fact, if it wasn’t for Matt Feazell buying three Class of 2006 books for a dollar (and trading a Cynical Man for my Pyramid Story), I would have been totally skunked on the show. I blame the economy. We need to have another show after the economic stimulus checks come through.

            Having said that, I did have a good time at the show. I was able to make a good bit of progress on a freelance editing job, so I technically didn’t lose money on the show. It is always good to sit down and chat with the PANEL guys, and the show is only about 45 minutes from my house. The big pile of comics that Craig got from Bell, Book and Comic were fun to look through.

            Even though my sales were low, I’m not ready to give up comics, just rethink some strategy.

            No Bankies for the convention, but here are a few quotes:

            Dara: “Are we going to Chipotle for lunch?” trying to continue a PANEL con tradition, but we didn’t know where the nearest one was.

            Young kid: “Is this appropriate?” while pointing at Craig’s newest Ineffables comic.

            Sean: “What Sandman are you drawing, the Gaiman version or the gas mask version?”
            Craig (with contempt): “The Ditko Sandman.”

            Did I miss anything else?

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              Sorry for the late notice, but tomorrow it the Gem City Comic Convention. A bunch of members of PANEL will be there. It is a great convention on the Wright State University campus in Dayton, Ohio. If you are around, stop by and say hi.

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                It’s hard hosting the Bankies after such distinguished hosts as Tony Goins, Tom Williams, and Dara Naraghi, but let me give it a shot. We’ll depart from the opening monologue and get right to the awards.

                The Beating the Sophomore Slump award: Jesse Noble and the rest of the organizers of the Gem City Comic Con. As Andy said, “I don’t know what it is they are doing, but they are doing it right.” Another great show.

                The Jericho Breaking the Walls Down award: Wright State Student Union. The temporary wall was moved aside to double the size of the small press room.

                The Uncool Perv award: The loser who dumped his He-Man porn zine on the giveaway table where kids were picking it up. Next time just distribute it to those of us who want it. [UPDATE: I met Ryan Gelatin at the SPACE show and he is far from being an uncool perv. I checked out his comic and it was not He-Man porn at all. Check out his work if you have a chance.]

                The Gene Siskel Memorial Movie Review award: The kid who, unasked, shared with Tom his thoughts on the Star Wars prequel. “Now the third one was almost the perfect movie.” Ouch.

                The Gotta Collect Them All award: The guy who after telling Craig that his book “looked cool, but isn’t my sort of thing,” proceeded to tell him all about his Marvel Superhero toy collecting adventures.

                The Wasn’t Lobot a Mute award: The guys, one book store manager in particular, who wear those stupid phones that clip to your ears. Lando’s buddy never talked. He was a lot cooler.

                The Ron Popeil Spiel award: Steve Black. Perfecting a great sales technique by offering a new sketchbook exclusively at the show and reminding the consumers that he was in from San Francisco. People jumped at his beautiful book.

                The Tammy Wynette Stand by Your Man award: Angie for supporting Steve in his endeavors at the show.

                The Don’t Cross the Streams award: The guys in the Ghostbusters garb. They learned their lesson from last year and ditched the jump suits (which caused them to sweat a river last year) and went with T-shirts instead. Still had the proton packs though.

                The Cameo of the Con award: Dan Barlow. Good of you to stop by, Dan. Good luck with school.

                Feel free to post your nominations in the comments. Look for the SPACE Bankies next week.

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