I didn't put together an incentive sketch for Top Web Comics today because I kind of ran out of time. Also, beyond generating sketches that I might or might not sell at a future date, I don't know if it's doing any real good in terms of A.) Generating votes or B.) Generating traffic.

I don't know what it is about me that I insist on tinkering with how the comic is promoted when the finish line is only a few months away. I guess I can't leave well enough alone.

That said, if you still want to vote for Theater Hopper at Top Web Comics, you can do that.

I had the idea for today's comic kind of before I decided if it was a good idea or not. I had this romantic idea in mind - that Jimmy would be willing to work at the movie theater because it made it easier to remember Charlie being there - but couldn't decide if I was hitting the same beat as last week's comic.

Either way, I think I'm going to have to squeeze in some jokes into next week's comic. If nothing else, I certainly need to get Charlie's side of the equation in there.

Part of me feels like I'm running out the clock a little bit in anticipation of May. Because I think by the time The Avengers hits, I might be in the mood for a reprieve from the dramatic stuff. I think you know what that means.

CONVENTION SCHEDULE

I wanted to take a quick moment and share my convention schedule for the next couple of months. It's pretty aggressive and no one is more surprised than me by how active I'm going to be in the next few weeks.

  • Emerald City Comic Con - Seattle, WA - March 30 through April 1
  • C2E2 - Chicago, IL - April 13, 14, 15
    • I don't know what table I'll be at other than in the webcomics section of Artist Alley. Come find me!
  • MCBA Springcon - Minneapolis, MN - May 19 & 20
    • This is a smaller show, so I should be pretty easy to find. But they've got great selection. If you live in the Minneapolis area, come out and see me!

It's weird. A month ago, I wasn't planning on going to any of these shows. Then I did an interview with Kurt Sasso over at TGT Media and we talked about C2E2. I went to the show its inaugural year and said I wasn't interested in going back due to the expense. Kurt ended up giving me a few tips and talked me into going. I even managed to find a cheap hotel downtown, too!

Shortly after that, Gordon sent me an e-mail about ECCC. One of the people he and Angela were sharing a booth with had to back out and he asked me if I was interested in filling the spot.

I went to ECCC in 2009 and it was one of the most exhilarating/stressful trips of my life. I had never flown to a convention before. I had no idea how to get my merchandise there. I was kind of on the outs with a few people in the webcomic community at the time. I had no idea how it was going to go over.

That said, it was a profoundly positive experience. ECCC is so well run and the people of Seattle are so welcoming toward webcomics, I look back on it fondly. I ended up socializing with other webcomic creators I had never met before and got to speak on a panel with Jeph Jacques, Danielle Corsetto and Robert Khoo. It was crazy validating and I've been struggling to go back every year. I've always kicked myself for not going in the years since.

So here's Gordon with this opportunity and I'm struggling to find a way to make it work. I'm cashing in hotel rewards points, I'm looking at Priceline for cheap flights ever 15 miuntes, I'm hemming, I'm hawing. Finally I decided to pull the trigger and leave it all on the table - damn the expense. If I'm ending Theater Hopper this year, I'm going out with a bang.

And then there's the Minneapolis Springcon. This was the first comic book convention I ever went to back in 2004. It seemed fitting that I hadn't been there since 2007. It seemed appropriate that I should try to go back.

So here we are. Three conventions in two months. Cami isn't exactly thrilled about it, but she understands. So if you're going to be at any one of those three shows, help me make it worth my while, yeah? After all, there's no telling the next time we'll get to see each other again...

That's it for now. Have a great week, everyone!

↓ Transcript
Your self- imposed penance is awfully romantic, but I still find it confusing.

Why would you want to work someplace with so many painful memories?

Honestly?

Because when I closed my eyes...

...I could still picture you standing there.