Written by Manuel A. Carmona
On Saturday, February 5th, 2022 Greg Steele in association with Local Heroes and Smartmouth Brewing Company hosted "Norfolk's Original Indie Comics Expo"... NOICE! This was the first year I was a part of the event so I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of attendance, atmosphere, organization and/or how sales would be. I am pleased to say the event was a huge success in every sense of the word!
First was how the organizers handled everything. On point, not stressing the vendors OR the fans, always checking on the vendors to see if they needed anything; gave clear instructions on what to do and everything went smooth as a result. The Smartmouth Brewing Company's staff was also on point, going around making sure there wasn't any trash laying around like half empty glasses of beer for example, and they were very courteous; even though I'm sure it must've been stressful to have a couple hundred people at any particular moment in a location that usually hosts a dozen or so clients at a time. They deserve some praise as well as the organizers who kicked it out of the park. Noice 2022 is amongst the best events I've been a part of. Great job guys!
The attendance was exceeded what I expected and more importantly, they weren't there because they wanted to showoff their newest Cosplay or because they wanted an autograph from their favorite actor; they were there because they loved comic books! Granted, the location was perfect in the sense that it was spacious enough for people to look around without bumping into one another, the vendors had plenty of space to put their things, everything was well organized and they sold booze, yet nobody got drunk or belligerent; everyone had a great time from what I saw and heard from other vendors.
For me specifically, it went great! Made a bunch of sales, made some great contacts, had a chance to chat with some amazing creators and colleagues, finally met a few creators I only knew from social media and interacted with the fans after such a long time; this was truly a great event for me. Some people came to our table and told me "I follow you on Instagram and wanted to buy your book in person and have you sign it", others said "I follow you on Instagram and saw that you were here so I wanted to meet you"; it felt great to know that there are people who really love your work and are interested in what we do; it makes the long hours behind a drawing board and a computer worthwhile.
Sometimes as creators we feel like we're just talking to ourselves on the internet because maybe we don't get a bunch of interactions, we don't get a thousand Likes or comments but what days like yesterday tell me is that there are people looking at what we do and are genuinely interested in our work; so we must keep on doing what we love and trust that your fans will show up like they did for me at NOICE.
I have to say, I was a bit hesitant about my decision to print Project: New Wave No.3 as a Mini-Comic although I loved how they turned out, but after seeing the fans reactions and even casual people who stopped by our table out of curiosity; I know I made the right choice! So, I'll be changing the format of my comics to Mini-Comics size and they'll be printed on newsprint paper like in the old days; if I'm going to stay indie then I'm not going to contrive our product to the rules of mainstream comics. We'll pave our own way and whatever happens, happens.
I'd like to give a huge shoutout to my table mate Miguel Dominado for not only being extremely professional in his approach, but also for being a genuinely good person, being aware of the fact that I was handicapped since I couldn't use my left arm, making sure I wasn't having anxiety or was in too much pain; that means a lot and I'll never forget that. I'll share a table with you anytime my friend! I also want to send a huge shoutout to the amazing @yokaniii @saberdog.art @micah_myers and @lionbyrd for showing love and being awesome, you made the day even better for me by just showing up; it meant a lot. So what can I say, amazing show and I can't wait for NOICE 2023!
Written by Manuel A. Carmona
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NOICE IS BACK! & STILL FREE TO ATTEND!
12-6 PM Feb 5th at Smartmouth, with a screening of Cryptozoo after the show!
**PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED TO ATTEND** GET YOUR BOOSTER SHOTS! IT'S NOT HARD!
ALL AGES WELCOME but not all comics are kid-friendly. They may contain wieners and cuss words and children can't drink beer, you bozo! :)
NORFOLK'S FIRST ALTERNATIVE COMIX SHOW!
Buy art and comic books, mostly hand-made, directly from underground creators. You can do this while drinking, thanks to the fine folks at Smartmouth.
-Katie Skelly - http://www.katieskellycomics.com/
-Dash Shaw - https://www.dashshaw.net/
There will be independent publishers and dealers also. Dig through Jason Hamlin's legendary bins of rare weirdo comix, purchase the NOICE 2022 Exclusive Project: New Wave No.3 Mini-Comic by Manuel Carmona https://www.instagram.com/m_a_carmona/ or get yourself a portrait sketch done by Miguel Dominado https://www.instagram.com/migueldraws/ ; there's something for everyone! Oh, And #Bippycat will be back!
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Hey everyone! Another day for another blog! Today we briefly tackle The Big Flavor!
Originally part of a 100 Days of Making Comics challenge, it was not published. I have all the original designs and sketches, and while the comic pages got damaged in a flood, I am drawing it from scratch and will be posted on Saturdays after Weepaman y Weepito end season 1 in a fee weeks.
I will be posting teasers throughout the weeks, so please look forward to it!
Hello everyone! Busy day today with multiple postings from webcomics to videos! But right now, let's look at our final webcomic that's currently being published: The Mysterious Exorcist- Funeral.
Another one shot that started last year, this will also be updated once a week. Since it is a once shot, my goal is to finish this one this year, and as I keep knocking out other projects and other webcomic pages, I'm pretty optimistic that this one will end in 2022.
I hope you all look forward to it!
Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great 2022 so far. Tonight a brief chat about DTF6.
Last year I had finally started chapter 2 before my plans turned upside down. As with the updating schedule I had before, the goal is to update a page a week.
of course Warlord would be a page a week also until projects like Clown and Exorcist are completed. I'm not sure of I'll update more pages of DTF6 once those projects are done, but the plan is to at the very least finish chapter 2 and start chapter 3 this year.
Thank you all for reading and see you all next time!
NOICE IS BACK & STILL FREE TO ATTEND!
Hey, everyone! This lates microblog is a BIG announcement! Production on Weepaman y Weepito is officially DONE! The strips will go up on Saturdays as usual now with a good buffer towards the end, and in the meantime will be sent off to the printers later in the month, so 2 big strips are getting ready to get published, The Cannon Girl and Weepaman y Weepito!
Along with Project: New Wave already sent ti the printers, 2022 is shaping up to be one of our biggest years yet in terms of physical publications!
Stay tuned for more news, please look forward to it!
Hey there, people! It's another blog of goals! Today let's quickly talk about Clown: Rogue Assassin.
Similar with Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord, I decided to update slowly at 1 update a week. Chapter 2 is almost halfway through, so what I'm thinking is by the time I finish publishing chapter 2, hopefully the final 2 chapters will update at least twice a week.
The plan is for the updates to resume mid January to give myself time to finish Weepaman y Weepito's production, and then send the prepped files of Weepaman y Weepito as well as The Cannon Girl to the printers.
The reason why I'm giving myself a few weeks is because converting the strips up to specification for printing is a pretty grueling process, and on top of that I'll also be converting the printed version of Stupid The Cat to black and white as well to send to the printers to offer a more affordable issue of Stupid the Cat.
Clown definitely will be coming back this year, either late January or at the latest early-mid February depending on how the production on the physical copies of The Cannon Girl, Weepaman y Weepito, and Stupid The Cat in B&W goes.
That's it for today, thank you for reading and I hope you look forward to the continuation of Clown!