How many years have you been attending Lilac City Comicon?
I started out at the very first year as an attendee, and have been an exhibitor for the past six years. I believe I’ve only ever missed one show, because we had just gotten home from an exhausting Disneyland vacation the week before.
What is one of your favorite memories?
Hands down, my favorite memory occurred just after the 2017 show. I was given the once in a lifetime opportunity to ride in the 1966 Batmobile, in the very seat that Adam West himself once sat. In an unfortunate twist of fate, Mr. West passed away just one week later. It was cathartic to think back on that experience while processing his passing.
What are you bringing to this 2018’s convention?
As always, we’ll have all five issues of Sprocket The Comic-Cat, the official comic of the Lilac City Comicon. In addition, we’ll have Sprocket prints, pins and stickers. We’re also teaming up with a local apparel company, Tournament Wear, to offer Sprocket and LCCC hats and tote bags.
What’s new at your booth?
I’m excited to finally debut the very first Sprocket The Comic-Cat collectible figure! This has been one of my goals for the past five years, and we’re finally making it happen. Each figure is 3D printed, hand-painted, and comes in custom Sprocket packaging. There’s also a few “Green Energy” Sprocket variants that will be available as well.
What’s the best advice you have for fans attending LCCC2018?
Well, it’s less advice, and more of a plea. Please be friendly and respectful to all the guests and artists. On the whole, convention-goers are great people, but every once in a while you’ll get the guy who sets their drink on your portfolio, or the gal that makes a rude comment about someone’s work. Just be cool, and everyone will have a great time.
Who would your dream guest be and why?
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the majority of my comic heroes over the years, but the one(s) that have still eluded me are Louise and Walter Simonson. They were responsible for some of my favorite books growing up, and I would love to be able to personally thank them for it.
What’s your favorite thing about going to cons?
My favorite thing about going to cons is just the energy in the room. There’s very few times in life when you’re surrounded by thousands of like-minded people, and their excitement and enthusiasm spreads like wildfire to everyone.