Oni Press debuted the first issue of The Long Con at San Diego Comic-Con, appropriately, and we interviewed the team right here at Comicon.com during the week of the comic’s release.
Oni Press have now announced that the first issue of The Long Con from Dylan Meconis (Family Man, Bite Me!), Ben Coleman (Portland Mercury film reviewer), webcomic artist EA Denich, M. Victoria Robado (Jem and the Holograms), and letterer Aditya Bidikar, is getting a second printing.
The collector’s edition reprint will be out August 29th, and will be priced at $1 to celebrate.
Check out this response from the creative team about convention life:
HMS: “It’s the whole world” is a quote in the first issue about the convention. While conventions often feel like this in good and bad ways, what have you noticed about fandom at conventions that impressed or intrigued you?
Dylan: I really love seeing unvarnished enthusiasm between strangers: “oh my gosh your costume is amazing!!” and “that book changed my life!” and “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT SHIRT” etc. In the normal world we see things that make us want to reach out, but our desire to not bother people or come off as creepy usually prevents us. Or we don’t cross paths at all, or our points of possible connection are hidden. At a show, we all know we have one thing in common – we’re the kind of people who would go to a comic-con. Now it’s just a matter of finding out how much more you share. People literally wear their passions on their sleeves, and that means a lot more connections across the demographic lines that usually silo us.
Ben: For a lot of con kids that “whole world” bit isn’t an exaggeration, at least for a few days. You’re eating your meals sitting cross-legged on convention carpet, you’re sleeping 3 to a Marriott bathtub, you’re seeing people in person that you’ll be talking with online for the rest of the year. It’s a really intense experience, and it tends to produce intense emotions as a result. That can be a good thing and a bad thing, obviously. You don’t have people waiting 10 hours in line to see a 30 second clip of a new opera (I don’t think). But the flip side is that level of dedication and intensity (and over-stimulation and sleep desperation) can muddy the waters as to what kind of behavior is socially acceptable. That’s just a good playground to tell stories in, and that’s even before you throw everyone into a “Lord of the Flies” style power vacuum
Emilee: Con World is definitely its own pocket universe. Where else could you become best friends with Batman while standing in a line for 6 hours, and then buy a $500 statue of him in the same day? My favorite part of it, however, is that everyone is there for the same reasons, so the day to day awkward barrier we have with strangers is gone, and everyone can bond together over the things we love.
In The Long Con:
Five years ago, a cataclysmic event obliterated everything within a fifty mile radius of the Los Spinoza Convention Center—including the attendees of Long Con, the world’s biggest (and longest) comic convention. But unknown to the outside world, the con-goers not only survived, they kept the convention going.
Look out for this bargain price introduction to a great new series on August 29th, 2018.