The first annu­al New York Com­ic-con brought out Mil­la Jovovich and was so suc­cess­ful, orga­niz­ers almost had to shut it down. The sec­ond annu­al New York Com­ic-con was orga­nized much bet­ter, even bring­ing out Steven King and Stan Lee to meet fans.

Below are some more insid­er tips for con­tact­ing your favorite com­ic book artists and writ­ers at var­i­ous com­ic book con­ven­tions around the country…

Meet­ing in Person:

Danny McBride signing artwork.

Dan­ny McBride sign­ing artwork

Although most com­ic book cre­ators, artists, and writ­ers will tell you where to send fan mail inside their pub­li­ca­tions, the com­ic book indus­try also takes great pains to make itself avail­able to their fan base through con­ven­tions, expos, and fan events.

The gen­er­al rule of thumb is if you wait a while, a com­ic con­ven­tion (or “com­ic-con”) is like­ly to be announced in your area, and the orga­niz­ers will make all sorts of promis­es as to who will be there (most of whom won’t show up). Buy your tick­et any­way, and take a few hun­dred bucks and a good Sharpie pen — because even if the peo­ple who show up aren’t the peo­ple promised, they’ll most like­ly be worth meeting.

Most com­ic con­ven­tions today go far beyond only com­ic books. They often fea­ture actors, direc­tors, tele­vi­sion stars, set design­ers, com­ic artists, writ­ers, and an assort­ment of retro names that will have you scratch­ing your head try­ing to remem­ber who they were. The show will usu­al­ly charge around $25 for a tick­et, but the attrac­tions will last all day long, from rare film screen­ings to auto­graph ses­sions to boot­leg comics for sale. Most con­ven­tions trav­el around the coun­try so fans don’t have to spend any mon­ey to travel.

What should you bring to get signed? Noth­ing real­ly, unless you know some­one is going to be there and you have some great piece of mem­o­ra­bil­ia sit­ting around rel­e­vant to that per­son. Usu­al­ly there are plen­ty of items for sale at com­ic con­ven­tions you can pur­chase to have signed.

Prices at con­ven­tion’s ven­dor booths are usu­al­ly not cheap, how­ev­er you can pick up some real­ly neat pieces of pop cul­ture mem­o­ra­bil­ia if you look hard enough, and the chance to get that item signed by its cre­ator can be some­thing real­ly special.

Com­ic book con­ven­tions and the comics them­selves are a huge indus­try that gets big­ger every year. There­fore, com­ic-cons are a great place to spot up and com­ing stars before their sig­na­tures becomes worth thou­sands of dol­lars when they real­ly hit it big.

How do you find a com­ic con­ven­tion in your area? It’s pret­ty easy — just vis­it the Com­ic Book Con­ven­tions Web site. This resource list all upcom­ing com­ic-cons, usu­al­ly four or five per week­end, and it also announces changes to pro­gram­ming, can­cel­la­tion, and con­tact information.

The bet­ter con­ven­tions come back the same time every year, such as the Mid-Ohio-Con, which takes places in Colum­bus, Ohio on Thanks­giv­ing week­end. The 2004 Mid-Ohio-Con line­up includ­ed the Soup Nazi from Sein­feld and Noel Neill, the orig­i­nal TV Lois Lane, as well as numer­ous oth­er com­ic indus­try names.

The Van­cou­ver Com­ic-Con hap­pens once every few months, while Drag­on-Con takes place each Sep­tem­ber. Every cor­ner of the coun­try has some sort of gath­er­ing, but even if you have to get in the car and dri­ve a few hours to a real­ly good-size con­ven­tion near you, the mon­ey spent in doing so can be gained back when you take that authen­tic John Byrne sketch and put it up for auc­tion on eBay.

The big names of the com­ic con­ven­tion busi­ness include the following:

  • San Diego Com­ic-Con Inter­na­tion­al, P.O. Box 128458, San Diego, CA 92112–8458, 619–491-2475
    The biggest and the best, Com­ic-Con has become a brand name in the busi­ness. Tens of thou­sands of enthu­si­asts gath­er every year, some fly­ing in from across the coun­try to lis­ten to pan­els of experts, get auto­graphs, buy mem­o­ra­bil­ia, watch spe­cial screen­ings of movies, and just hang out.
  • Dragon*Con, P.O. Box 16459, Atlanta, GA 30321–0459, 770–909-0115
    A sol­id num­ber two, Dragon*Con takes on more of a fan­ta­sy tilt–but it’s not just for Dun­geons and Drag­ons fanat­ics. D*C gets big­ger every year, and as the col­lec­tors grow from obsessed teenagers to well-fund­ed adult fans, the mon­ey going through the reg­is­ters keeps increas­ing as well.
  • Big Apple Com­ic Con­ven­tion, 75–34 Met­ro­pol­i­tan Avenue, New York, NY 11379, 201–865-3288
    This one is in New York City, so of course it’s big. If you live in the north­east, the Big Apple Con is the one for you.
  • Mid-Obio-Con, P.O. Box 3831, Mans­field, OH 44907, 419–526-1427
    The Mid­west real­ly knows how to put on a show, and M‑O-C always has an inter­est­ing line­up of names. It’s not the biggest com­ic-con around, but it’s got a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the best.
  • Mega-Con, P.O. Box 1097, Safe­ty Har­bor, FL 34695, 727–796-5725
  • New York Com­ic-con, Jacob Jav­iz Cen­ter, 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001, 1–888-605‑6059

Send­ing Fan Mail:

To write your favorite com­ic book artist, look for his or her fan mail address print­ed in the com­ic book. Or send your let­ter to the com­ic book pub­lish­er, whose address will also appear inside the book.

Vis­it Con­tact Any Celebri­ty for instant access to the best mail­ing address, agent, man­ag­er, pub­li­cist, pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny, and char­i­ta­ble cause for your favorite com­ic book artists and writers.


Source by Jor­dan McAuley