This week we’ve been running a few different perspectives on the recent LSCC 2013 (you can read about the attendee and publisher experience here, and the convention volunteer’s experience here). In our final report from the show, fellow podcaster and substitute Monkey Stephen Lacey – of the 20 Minute Longbox – shares a few words about LSCC 2013 from a podcaster’s perspective.
He’s very focused on the words:
670 words about LSCC 2013 by yet another podcaster…
600 words doesn’t seem nearly enough to describe the joy of LSCC. How to communicate the sheer exhilaration of having my new tablet returned to me 25 minutes after leaving it on the DLR when there are only 562 words left to go? How to describe my shock at seeing both Michael Georgiou and David Wynne looking less hair than I have ever seen them when there are only 531 words at my disposal?
What about the slightly-awkward delight of chatting 1960s Marvel letters columns and Jack Kirby inkers with Roy Thomas, having only two hours previously accidentally seen his Little Roy in an unfortunate moment in the gents? Or the shock of the moment that James informed me that I had met Jon the previous night in the Fox, despite having almost no memory of the occasion? 462 words left to try and describe this.
As awesome as all of the big name creators were, the true joy of this convention was meeting… well… everybody! From my favourite small press creators (a group that grows every con) to all four Monkeys (Isn’t James taller than he sounds?), from lovely people I only know as twitter names to the perennial sketch-hounds jumping from queue to queue in the hope of grabbing a rare convention commission. Every hour seemed to bring someone new to meet or someone old to greet.
But let’s talk about those big name creators. David Mack takes the award for the nicest guy at the convention: giving away free comics to those at his table, displaying original collages, and, most of all, happy to chat to anybody within range. Dan Slott had the longest queues of the show, not least of which because of his openness and willingness to talk with everyone at his table, not just slamming his signature on anything placed in front of him. Personally, being able to talk to him about my Fantastic Four podcast and beg for the return of a villain not seen since early 1964 (The Acrobat) was a big personal goal for me.
In the case of Roy Thomas, he was high on my hit list for seeing at the show, despite the fact that I don’t own any physical copies of anything he’s written. Before Thomas was an industry legend, before he was paid to contribute to comics books, he was one of the earliest letter writers to Marvel Comics. He was a hardcore comics fan before the concept of such a thing had arisen, and even if he hadn’t have become Marvel EiC, Stan Lee’s number two, and done all the things he’s done since 1963, I’d still have wanted to talk to him in terms of his experience of reading the early Marvel comics as they were being released.
Talking of podcasts (and Nick did ask me to write this from the point of view of being a podcaster at the show), it was also a great joy to be able to approach Ron Marz and Roy Thomas without a comic in my hand, just to talk about their works in the context of shows that I produce or enjoy listening to. In the case of Ron Marz, I was able to introduce him to Just One Of The Guys, a 1990s Green Lantern podcast that has just started the adventures of Kyle Rayner. The show is hosted by a friend of mine, and it was great to be able to talk to the writer of the comics being covered and to let him know that the show was out there.
If I had to choose one word to describe LSCC, it would have to be the same one I’d use to describe Thought Bubble – social. The big-name creators get me through the door, but I spend just as much time chatting with my friends behind their tables, helping to pimp their wares. And even more time in the pub afterwards. And with being overlong on this piece by 64 words so far, I’ll finish now.