Hello Again! Manga Jiman, and the Small Press at AyaRevolution 2009

Hi, didn’t see you there, welcome back again to the small press burrow that is Comic Mole Investigates.  Its been a while but I hope that normal service will resume now with a cavalcade of new reviews! (hmm…I wonder how many I have to write for it to be considered a ‘calvalcade?’…)

Over the past couple of months I’ve been on my own little comicking adventure: writing and drawing an entry to this year’s Manga Jiman competition.  My comic is finished now, but the deadline for the competition is the end of September, so if anyone else out there wants to try their hand at making their own short (6-8 page) manga-inspired-comic then there might still be enough time to squeeze in an entry – ganbatte (good luck/do your best) if you choose to enter!

The Small Press at AyaRevolution 2009

It might be assumed that an anime convention is purely for the sale or promotion of large-scale commercial products: new DVD box-sets, pre-release showings of new movies, shiny new mass market manga volumes lined up for sale, and a crowd of eager fans chomping at the bit to snap up the products they want.  Well, to a certain extent that’s true, but there is a whole lot of individual creativity present at anime cons which is well worth experiencing.

Cosplay is one such element that is steadily growing as a con phenomenon, branching out from anime-based events to Expos and comic conventions.  The results are often fantastic to look at, but in some cases it requires many months of planning and construction to finish an outfit.

In the same vein of individual creativity is comicking: it can often take several months of a small press artist’s free time (or more) to create that next issue of their ongoing series, or that unique one-shot.  Unfortunately though the small pressers aren’t walking around with copies of their comics strapped all over them for you to peruse as they walk by (hmm…maybe we should try this…).  So if you like going to anime cons and already enjoy small press comics, or even if you’ve only ever read Viz or Tokyopop manga (but are curious…), don’t forget to clear the haze brought on by a room full of shiny new anime merch, and look out for the indie artists at your next anime event!

At Ayacon this year were: ITCH Publishing, Speedlines Publishing, Panic Room Comics, Sweatdrop Studios and Ushio (probably among others that I can’t remember off the top of my head ^^; )


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