And we’re back!
The 1st Annual Long Beach Comic Con is over at last, and some of you reading this already have had a sneak peek of our first six Zombie Ranch pages! Or you just got the URL from a strip of paper, a sticker, or just plain’ ol word of mouth. However you got here, welcome! In the weeks to come we’ll be publishing the rest of the sneak peek and then continuing our story.
It was a great experience. We got to meet the organizers of the 2nd Annual Long Beach Zombie Walk, which just started last year and features an Oct. 30th mass shambling to the Art Theatre for the viewing of a piece of zombie related cinema. Last year it was Shaun of the Dead. This year it’s the big granddaddy of the genre: George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead itself!
Needless to say they were very excited about Zombie Ranch, as were several others who stopped by our table. Our best customer experience by far, however, was an adorable little girl, couldn’t have been more than six or so, who had come to the Con with her dad. She was so enthralled by Zombie Ranch that she gently pushed aside her dad’s inquiry of if she wanted one of Dawn’s Bits of Nothing sketchbooks instead. Nossiree, she wanted cowgirls & zombies.
Ahh, the next generation. Take that, McDonald’s, assuming every little girl wants Barbie. Unless of course you come out with Zombie Barbie.
Aside from that the Con was great in other ways, such as getting to hobnob with some of the comics professionals we’ve admired for years and feel welcomed by them. Amanda Conner actually traded us one of her sketchbooks, signed, for free because we gave her a Zombie Ranch and Bits of Nothing. If you don’t know who Amanda Conner is, well, all I can say is you’ve been missing out. Also shouts out to Marc and Jennifer Dos Santos, Gus Vasquez, and Topher Davila, all of whom helped make the experience educational, fun, and (perhaps most importantly) well-fed.
See you on the Ranch!