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Thoughts on the Panel One Comic Creator Festival 2017

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. 

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Comic collectors are programmed to hoard

Magazines ready for recycling - creative commons image

“Your sh*t is stuff and everyone else stuff is sh*t.”

-George Carlin

I went to a community garage sale recently and was amazed at some of the things people are still trying to offload that fall firmly into the category of “let it go.”

Outside of the expected items, the number of vhs tapes is quite staggering.

Over the past few years, I’ve come to accept that some things are just never going to find a new home. Comics were the hardest to accept for me.

The collector market is, in many ways, the worst thing that happened to comics. Readers and non-readers stopped thinking of them as magazines – disposable and of equal value in swaps – and started thinking of them as objects with the capacity to increase in value (however long the odds in general).

As soon as folks started putting comics in bags we were going down a dangerous road.

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9 Ways Marvel and DC Comics are like Network TV


I love Marvel & DC super-hero comics. This must be understood or nothing good can come of what I am about to say about them. I learned to read with Superman comics, have collected seriously for three decades and talk about Booster Gold far too much for anyone’s liking.

Monthly super-hero comics are good. But they are rarely great.

And really they aren’t supposed to be. The monthly super-hero comic, like the episode of a network TV program, is meant to be enjoyable, worth your investment and enough of a hook to bring you back next week.

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