And we didn't hit a single deer.
This weekend we hit the road for a pilgrimage to the great wide north, invited by Taiga Games for their Free Comic Book Day event.
Was it worth it?
A thousand times yes! We got to meet tons of great readers, the fantastic owners of the shop, and enjoy hours of beautiful scenic views on the drive up.
...The moment of appreciating the majesty of nature just before tumbling down a flight of stairs.
And Marquette itself is awesome- the benefits of a thriving town, dropped into the midst of a sterling wilderness setting. If you're ever in the area, be sure to drop in and visit the stellar people at Taiga Games: https://www.facebook.com/TaigaGames/
I also enjoyed the chance to chat about retailers, comic book distribution, and float a new concept by the owners... Something to address the yawning disconnect between comic shops and the growing online community of independent and crowd-funded comic creators.
Struggling to retain customers under a monopolized distribution system, comic shops have had it rough- http://www.comicsbeat.com/retailer-lee-hester-explains-why-his-29-year-old-comcis-shop-is-closing/ It's no secret that stores have been closing over the last couple decades, even as online creators and their readership is reaching new heights.
Well, I think there's a better way forward for everyone- more on that later this spring.
For now, I'm polishing up the last batch of illustrations for the Wayward Astronomer novel release! Then it'll be time for our website revamp, Volume 5, and the video game...