Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Supporting Arts at Denver Comic Con

One of the things I love about going to Denver Comic Con is that I get to provide a place for authors and artists to promote their work. That's actually one of the things I love about Beyond the Trope in general.

The artistic community is changing so much these days because of the internet, it's easy to get lost in the crowd. And while we're not a massive venue like The Nerdist, we are an outlet set apart from an author's blog, an artist's website, or a musician's soundcloud.

At Denver Comic Con this weekend, we're going to be talking to a lot of people. Many of them will be con attendees who wander by our table. Others will be authors or artists. Some of them already have a consistent following and a blog where they can connect with their readers/fans. But not all of our listeners know our guests.

That's the cool part for me. When we sit down for an interview with someone I'm excited to talk about (like Holly Jennings), there's a chance that one of our listeners or blog readers has never heard of them before. But, as people who share some of our interests, they may be looking for the exact story, comic, or (occasionally) show we're talking about.

To me, making a genuine connection with a creator is something that excites me about their work. If it's work I may not have been super excited about but would've simply enjoyed, then that's awesome. They found a fan. But as soon as that connection happens, I start telling the world! And, yes, I'm only one person, but in a sea of new pieces of art, that one person can add another person, and then THEY add another person, until that artist or author has an audience, people willing to support them, and a reliable source fandom.

Keep an eye out these next few weeks for interviews, blog posts, and a ton of pictures!

Giles is excited for con this year, even if he's missing a day. It will be an epic chance for him to discover new, great stories and art. And then tell the world about them.

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