I want to tell you that I was lucky enough to go to the Paris ComicCon last saturday Oct. 24th.
While traveling with my wife I found out that one of the cities I was staying at was having its own ComicCon. So stepping down the plane from Venezia and about to jump to a train heading for Brussels, I drop myself to the Paris Grande Halle de La Villette to see if I can show my portfolio around.
I went only for like three hours or so, not many time, but it was a great experience. One of the things I do always when I travel is bringing one copy of my latest comic and my portfolio with me and this was also the case. Never know who might be ending up reviewing it!
First things first: Paris Comiccon – as long as I see – is the first ComicCon in Paris. Real ComicCon, I mean, produced and directed by the guys that brings you C2E2 and NYCC, Reed Exhibitions, so that’s quality at hands. Big space, Picture spaces, auditorium, big stands, smaller booths and Artist Alley. The main idea is to bring to Europe the whole NYCC extravaganza and I think that they made it clear that this Con is for the fun and the experience, instead of what we are used to see in Bande Desinee/ Fumetti festivals like Lucca or Angoulème. But again, the space were the con was situated, le Grande Halle de Paris La Villette was the best choice, beautiful, wide, with many cool spaces to look at and very easy to get even for an outsider like me.
Having that very important concept in my mind, the most fun was on the crowd and the french like it big. I probably saw the most beautiful cosplayers and several outstanding costumes walking on the main floor. I remember a girl dressed like Ariel and a guy like Matt Murdock (Netflix Version) and both were insanely good looking and faithful to their characters.
About comics, Panini (Marvel / Manga) had the biggest stand which was supposed to host Brian Michael Bendis, but he had to excuse himself days before the con arguing schedule problems with the Powers TV show. Also, Les Humanoïdes Asociés had a cool space mostly devoted to their newest breaking Graphic Novel, the next chapter of Méta-Baron T1 : Wilhelm-100, le Techno-Amiral.
Glenat had several cool releases and most of their international A-list artists were in Paris to see this mix of american artists on the european market.
Frank Miller was there, and for what I read online it was a blast. I didn’t had the opportunity / chance to get into his round table, thou.
Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner were the two artists I wanted to meet at this con. and I focused myself to do it. I made the endless fan line for Amanda and despite the fact I wasn’t able to get/buy anything because of my un-existential budget (only 10€ to grab something to eat somewhere), she was terrific to understand my situation and give my portfolio a look. She is a true artist for me, and I appreciate her words.
I was able to talk to Jimmy for a few moments thanks to the Glenat people who also gave me a couple of minutes with him. Palmiotti, whom I have briefly meet previously on NYCC 2013 and when I was editor at Dos Cafés Y Una Mesa I used to ran interviews for closing the year for several years in a row and he was one of the artists who always returned the questions. Jimmy’s a great writter, he knows how to click with the audience and the fan base / critique reaction to his latests works shows it true… but he also was an penciler/inker and his opinion on my work was very interesting to me.
He remembered 2CY1M and understood the running situation I was in… Told me I am doing fine, that I “should be working” and my inks improves the pencils on the pages that I shown to him. That made my day and gave me the confidence that assures me that my path is going on the right way.
Thanks to both of them. Most important is feeling I am doing the right steps and I will be keeping on that direction.
That’s pretty much it, It went so fast that I even didn’t take any (good) picture, so I had to ask Katchoo86 of from french blog The Lesbian Geek permission to make this post more pleasant to the eye and catch the environment of the Con, thanks!