Inaugural Indie Comics Creator Con Showcases Another Side of the Industry

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When it comes to comics, everyone knows about Marvel and DC. Perhaps the mainstream masses are even more familiar with the two titans these days due to the several films that have been released via both brands over the past two decades plus. The same can be said for Dark Horse, whose series of Sin City, Hellboy and 300 have had films of their own grace the silver screen. There’s also Image, which is known for their publications of Spawn, The Walking Dead, Kick-Ass and Invincible, but outside of these four there are so many others putting out quality content to dedicated fan bases.

Happening on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven on March 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., the Indie Comics Creator Con will be showcasing the folks who are on the fringe of this vibrant and historic industry. It’s the first-ever edition of the convention with the vision aiming to celebrate the creative talents of independent artists within the comic book world.

There’s going to be over 100 creators present at the Indie Comics Creator Con along with guests of honor, a showcase featuring small publishers and a variety of panels that’ll be conducted throughout the afternoon. For marketing purposes and the ease of mental remembrance, the event is also known by the abbreviation of “IC3.”

“We’re thrilled to bring together such a dynamic group of creators and industry professionals for the inaugural Indie Comics Creator Con,” says Matthew Sardo, Convention Director of IC3. “IC3 is more than just a convention; it’s a celebration of the incredible talent and creativity within the indie comics community.”

Among the vast assortment of creators, Chad Bilyeu from Bistro Books, Mark Frankel from Wayward Raven Media, Miles Curtis from Dreaming Ansible Press, Nick Burchard from Tiny Viking Productions and both Kat Calamia and Phil Falco from Lifeline Comics will be at the convention. Aaron Z. Lee from Pens and Pedals, Dillon Rockrohr of Last Things Press, Graham Millar from Brain Gramage Comix and Eisner Award-winning artist Gideon Kendall will be present as well. Cartoonist Ken Landgraf, who notably had his work appear in various DC Comics publications during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, along with writer and artist Jesse Lonergan and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic writers and artists Jim Lawson and Eric Talbot will be the guests of honor. The small publisher showcase is going to be featuring Cosmic Lion Productions, Bulgihan Press and Lesser Know Comics while the panels will be focusing on discussions about the various aspects of independent comics.

These panels are going to be revolving around a wide range of topics with “The Nineties Influence: How Comics Most Tumultuous Decade Resonates” having Mahdi Khene, Wesley Griffith and Tony McMillen examine how much of an impact the ‘90s had on today’s state of comics. Then there will be “The Cartooning Process: Contrast and Compare” with Jamie Jones, Jason Quinones, Kevin Delgado and others talking about the different ways of creating comic books followed by “Four Decades Of Turtle Power” celebrating the 40th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with both Lawson and Talbot. Rocko Jerome will be hosting “Graphic Pioneering: Creating Comics Your Own Way” with Lonergan being joined by Chris Anderson and James Coates while exploring the variations of storytelling within comics, then Jerome will also be hosting “The Original Outlaw: Ken Landgraf” where he will be conducting an inclusive interview with Landgraf himself. As the convention nears its conclusion, “Comix Well Spring: The Power of Printed Comics” plans to show how collaborating with a comic-first printer is vital for success when it comes to the journey that comes with making physical comics a reality. Then Cosmic Lion Productions will be hosting a party featuring associated talent and special guests to close out the event. 

For all the info on tickets, directions and where everything will exactly be happening on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University as part of the Indie Comics Creator Con, log on to indiecomicscreatorcon.substack.com. There, you can also subscribe to the convention’s newsletter to stay in tune with any further announcements and updates. This Saturday afternoon, come on down to New Haven to check out a one-of-a-kind event that shows a different side of the comic book industry. 

(Courtesy of Indie Comics Creator Con)

What: Indie Comics Creator Con

When: March 9, 2024 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent St, New Haven, CT 06515

Tickets & Info: indiecomicscreatorcon.substack.com


Rob Duguay is an arts & entertainment journalist based in Providence, RI, who is originally from Shelton, CT. Outside of the Connecticut Examiner, he also writes for DigBoston, The Aquarian Weekly, The Providence Journal, The Newport Daily News, Worcester Magazine, New Noise Magazine and numerous other publications. While covering mostly music, he has also written about film, TV, comedy, theatre, visual art, food, drink, sports and cannabis.