The GeeksverseRobert Wilson IV talks about HeroesCon and Conventions

Robert Wilson IV talks about HeroesCon and Conventions
Published on Sunday, June 17, 2012 by

If the internet brings together creators and fans are conventions still relevant? I asked Heroes Con attendee Robert Wilson in a quick interview before he heads to Charlotte, NC next weekend.  Many websites stream news, announcements, photos, videos, and other media into the world wide geeksverse which is a function once reserved for comic book and culture conventions. I’ve always heard Heroes Con described favorably by creators because it is a well ran event that meets the needs of bringing creators in touch with the fandom.

Robert Wilson was kind enough to share his thoughts on conventions. Robert Wilson IV is a comic artist and illustrator who currently lives in Dallas, TX with his wife Tiffany. He co-created and self published Knuckleheads, a super powered buddy comedy, along with writer Brian Winkeler.

How many convention appearances do you do in a season?

Usually around 10.

Ten sounds like a fairly high number. How do you pick the events that you will attend during the convention season?
There are several factors that go into choosing what events to exhibit at. The biggest factor is usually financial, if I can make money (or at least not lose money) at a convention I’ll consider attending. The other big consideration is the atmosphere of a convention. Heroes Con is a prime example of a well organized con that is all about comics. Because of the love that Shelton and the Heroes family put into the show, it has a great atmosphere. Creators want to be at the show and that really translates into a great experience for the con’s attendees.
As a creator what do you hope to gain by attending events like these?
I always want to reach new potential fans as well as reconnect with my established fanbase. It’s also a social event for me, I have several comic creator friends who I only see a few times a year at shows like Heroes Con. I really cherish the time I get to spend with other creators and look forward to it during the off season.
Given the nature of the internet to foster a connection between creators and fans what is the continuing importance of the annual comic convention in your opinion?
For me, the biggest benefit of conventions is the ability to connect with fans and fellow creators face to face. Twitter is an amazing tool, but nothing beats sharing dinner with friends.
What is your coolest or most dear comic convention memory?
Probably being invited to dinner on the first night of my first Heroes Con (which was also the first con I ever exhibited at) by a group of artist who had never met me before. It doesn’t seem important from the outside, but as an aspiring artist struggling with everything I had to “make it” and to be accepted by fellow artists, it was profound and moving. So thanks to Dean Trippe, Jason Horn, Mike Maihack, Guy Davis, and Paul Maybury for that dinner, it still means a lot to me.
On behalf of TheComixverse.com, our thanks goes out to Robert Wilson IV for taking a few moments to share his thoughts. For more information about Wilson check out his website.
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