First Principles: support the artists, not the IP.

-KL Callbeck

This week was one of my new favourite Calgary events – The Panel One Comic Creator Festival.

Begun in 2016, this is a comics-only festival begun to highlight the work of local creators in a venue free of celebrity photo ops and t-shirt walls.

As I minimize and focus on the Things that bring me joy and value, I have thought a lot about the comics I buy at conventions and the festival.

A few of the creators sell their work online and I often support that way. Many others, of course, will print copies of their work in the hundreds and hand sell them at shows. The physical Thing is the only way the work will ever be available.

Which leads me to this First Principle:

Above my desire to reduce Things is my commitment to supporting local comic makers. 


As well as many of them being my friends, I love that my area has such a vibrant and active comics scene.

These comics represent the work, passion, and love of these amazing people.

Hours of their time, energy, and creativity have gone into what is a challenging creative pursuit. Trying to get their work into someone’s hands while competing with mega corporations who want every comic dollar for themselves.

And yet they try. They sit in the quiet and type, scribble, draw, ink, letter, scan, negotiate with printers, get angry at printers. All the while wondering the question that everyone who creates wonders. What I wonder as I type this.

Will anyone care?

When I ask them for their latest book, intrinsic in the action is the answer to that question.

Yes, someone cares.

And if that moment, that tiny bit of encouragement, is enough to get them to sit down at their keyboard, tablet, or sketch pad on Sunday morning, that is worth the world to me.


I look forward to reading the small stack of books I picked up at the Panel One festival.

Some of these comics may get minimized and that’s great.

The value of the purchase is never in the thing.

I’m helping fund dreams.

Follow Panel One on Twitter for more info.

Thanks for caring enough to read.