Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The First and Last
After years of work and preparation, I finally decided to move ahead with Idiot Press, Dorks and expanding the company. Our first show took place at Wizard World in 2000. I wanted to go out there and be with the big boys on this venture. I purchased a booth (for the same amount of money you could print 2,000 copies of a book at the time). I didn't know what to expect but I knew from past experiences what displays looked like. I borrowed a rack from my girlfriends boss at the video store. I hand made the Idiot Press sign on foam board. It was such a bad layout. Wizard World spared me the embarrassment by seating me at the corner of the show far, far to the left. We were often missed and my brother took over two hours to find me. It was an experience that I don't regret and it's just one of those things that you look back on and think how big of a noobie you were to the game. Taking a look thru my records I do believe this was also the last Idiot Press convention. Unit 1 and Blake Astro (spotted in the background of the pic) were released thru Instant Press Comics in 2002. Well, Unit 1 was. In the picture from left to rite: Rene Castellano - Publisher/ Creatore/ Writer/ Artist on Dorks, Sara Mundt - Cover colorist, Ivan Flores - Creator/ Artist Writer of Unit 1, Kevin Girard - Creator/ Writer/ Artist of Blake Astro.