I Just finished a fun-filled weekend at INDY Popcon and I will say it was quite a success. I had a booth again this year for my books and comics, along with spending time promoting The INDYpendent Show, which is coming up in November. The only downside to the show was it contained so much coolness, that I didn’t have time to experience it all.
I might seem strange here, but I would compare the evolution of INDY Popcon to that of someone entering high school. When I think of last year, their “freshmen year”, Popcon was new on the scene and trying to determine its identity. There are so many types of conventions in the United States, and Popcon seemed trying to be something for everyone, which can create a situation where you can’t please everyone. Enter 2015 and their “Sophomore Year”. This show still had something for everyone, but certain elements of their identity started to move to the forefront. The presence of Youtube sensations, the Amalgam Podcast Stage, Endless Dungeon, and the HALO competition, helped to create a specific energy that I have yet to feel at any other convention to date. These improvements to the INDY Popcon identity make me excited to see what the Junior and Senior year's bring us.
Some great moments happened for me at the show and I wanted to take a minute to talk about them. I was incredibly lucky to be on the Podcast Stage every day speaking with different folks about all things INDYpendent Show and here are the highlights.
The INDYpendent Show
· November 15th is the date for the next show, which will be at the Airport Radisson on the Westside of Indianapolis. Tables are still available for local creators. Check out the website here.
· The first ever INDYPodnet awards will happen at the November INDYpendent Show, which will highlight local podcasters and local geek celebrities, locations, and events. Click on this link to get all the submission details. We’re also looking for judges in that event, so shoot me an email if you might be interested in the details.
· We will be taking the show on the road in October as part of the INDY Family Fest in Carmel, hosting cool activities for kids of all ages. This event is Saturday, October 3rd at the Ritz Carlton in Carmel.
My goal is to help create more events in Indianapolis that promote and feature the amazing artists and creators in the area. If you know of an organization, school, or library that has a desire to incorporate comic creativity into their next event, please give them my contact information. John Graham at FIGIDPress@Gmail.com.
I’m looking forward to what the next INDY Popcon brings us here in Indianapolis. This show is truly evolving into a “must attend” event in the Midwest.