Monday, December 19, 2011

Conventions 'n Such

I met Spider-man creator Stan Lee for the first time at a comic book convention in 1992 here in Baltimore.  I told him I was working on a live action Spider-man video which I hoped would impress him and get me some kind of job on the Hollywood version.

He was impressed with just the effort, which was pretty cool.  He liked the video, too.  In fact, a lot of people did.  After a few years I learned it was being sold at conventions all over the place by all kinds of people who had nothing to do with making it.

And so I originally attended the San Diego ComicCon in 2000 for the sole purpose of finding and shutting down anyone selling my Spider-man video.  And yes, I did remove a few copies from vendors, but there were so many other highlights and networking opportunities I decided I had to return every year.

While San Diego is by far the biggest, its success has spawned an interest and growth in comic book and pop culture conventions all over the country.  When “Otakon” rolled into Baltimore in 2004, I worked the three day event as the booth announcer for a company called VIZ Media.

From 2005-2010, my California trips were subsidized by VIZ Media, hiring me to work ComiCon every year.  Actually, the first two years with them I worked the Animae Expo in Anaheim before heading down to San Diego.

These conventions are incredible and I have had too many great times at them over the past decade to even start to list.  The areas they encompass are huge.  There are booths, tables and displays of all things pop culture related.  Costumed people waltz around in the coolest costumes (some great, some sad).  There are panel discussions and screenings and celebrity appearances.  There is something for nearly everyone to enjoy.

I have been a fan, an audience member, a guest filmmaker, a panelist, and an emcee, but now I have to opportunity to be a legitimate EXHIBITOR.  In 2012, Alpha Dog Productions, LLC intends to rent booth space and devote a 10’ x 10’ area to selling DVDs of The Photon Effect at every major convention possible.

The first one this year is WonderCon.  It's in Anaheim, March 16 - 18.  HOWEVER, we need to sell a few copies online before we can pay for our booth space!  (and by "few" I mean "a few hundred"!!!)

Please spread the word and help us meet out goal.  Get your copy now!