Instead, I think I’ll talk about the exciting stuff. You know, the detailed leavings that get you pumped to read, make, and discuss comics. That’s why we go to these conventions, right? To meet people with similar interests, discover new, astounding material that feels so cutting edge that it practically wears the creator’s last meal, and to inhale the permeated creative juices like the elusive drug that it is. This way by the time you’re ready to travel home, you’re already considering and planning for the next show (thinking: what comics will I discover next? will I get the chance to meet x, y, and z creators that inspire me? maybe, if I finally get my shit together, I can create a sweet comic to share too!). These are the signs of a great convention, essentially what you take away from the experience. Or, to break it down even further, what you got and what was given.
First I’ll talk about what I got (tangible objects/purchases*):