Why I'm not writing Con Reports anymore... Posted Aug 22, 2011 - 12:28:54
So some of you who follow my site have noticed that I haven't written up a convention report since last year, despite attending several cons since then. There are reasons for this, and I really think it's because I've been moving towards a very important decision:
I'm going to stop writing convention reports.
I've been doing variations of con reports for almost a decade now, and for a long time it really was the best way for me to share my experiences. I mean, a little anecdote here, some photos there (and an occasional stick figure)... it was a great way for me to review an event. But back in 2009 I started writing UnCONventional, and things have started to change.
UnCONventional is, of course, inspired by my real experiences. And often when I was writing up con reports last year, I'd find myself saying "maybe I shouldn't include this, so I can use it in a strip." On other occasions, I *did* recycle a story in the comic that I had already included in a con report - and it really felt like cheating. It also meant that everyone reading the comic who had already read the con report knew exactly what real thing I was making a joke about.
And hiding the real personalities behind some of my jokes is important to me.
Part of Chapter 3 of UnCONventional is going to involve the characters attending a first year con (as quite a few have popped up in my home region). So when I went to a first year convention, Ramen Con, this weekend - I found myself going "should I write a con report?" and I decided that I shouldn't.
And that made me finalize this decision.
So yeah, for the time being, I won't be writing any new convention reports so I can save the material for the comic strip. Hopefully no one will be disappointed.