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C4 Winnipeg: The Worst Convention I Have Ever Attended.

TL;DR I will never return to C4 Winnipeg. The convention is horrible from start to finish.

Okay, so here’s the story of C4 Winnipeg 2017.

Not too long ago, before the advent of mainstream organizations taking over conventions, they were run by well-meaning but inexperienced volunteers. It was considered standard for there to be hiccups, miscommunications and confusion in every process from registration to teardown.

Nowadays, we’ve seen a better way: We’ve seen competence, organization, and we’ve experienced being treated with respect by people who know what they’re doing.

Which is why C4 Winnipeg was such an unpleasant shock.

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Whew!  After the busy explosion of Edmonton Expo, the dust has settled here at Two Gargoyles and has given me a chance to reflect on what I learned at the show.

Firstly, let me say that the organizers of EE (and also Calgary Expo) do an amazing job.  Things were spot on, well organized, communication was fabulous, everything worked out perfectly from start to finish (insofar as my registration, set-up and con-related experience as an exhibitor went).

Every convention is about more than just sales:  It’s about market trends, creative trends, new ideas, new people, networking, representing yourself, and being able to talk about your work to tens of thousands of strangers– and then knowing you’ve got to do it all again for the next convention.


Big shout-out to my “Artner,” Jeremy Thew, for his amazing ACEO Art Cards available at the Twogargs table, and for stretching himself creatively by connecting with other fandoms.  Also excited by how he got his amazing Cintiq Companion up and running– that baby’s an amazing art tool, that’s for sure, and it makes me even more excited for Jeremy’s upcoming projects!

Connecting with other creators is perhaps the biggest motivational boost a convention can provide.  There’s familiar faces, like my friends Sarah and Beth at Crafty Geeks— always a laugh riot with them.

A highlight, though, was meeting up with the Calgary Drink and Draw group, a seriously-motivated group of fellow creators, writers and artists alike, who meet weekly here in Calgary.  Anything that keeps the motivation and inspiration going is fantastic– sometimes, living inside your head (where the ideas are) can be a lonely, isolating experience!  I’m looking forward to occasionally Getting Out Of The House (a task of Herculean proportions) and hanging out with these fine folks.

I’m looking into ways to increase production speed for my books, as well as increase awareness of them.  Naturally, I’ll post when I discover things!

Onward and upward,



September is Convention Month here at Two Gargoyles– beginning with the Mac Daddy of them all, Fan Expo in Toronto!  Michael McAdam will be manning his table in the Artist’s Alley — A357!  Come on by and say hi!  And then, if you have any energy left, go and say hi to Mike Rieger two rows away at table A312!  Whoo!  What joy there is to be had!

Michael will have copies of Gloaming and Twilight Detective Agency, as well as the Diaperman Graphic Novel and Diaperman issues 13 and 14.  Also look for our Supergroin posters, throw pillows and tote bags– and now, Superboobs as well!  That’s right, boys and girls– something for boys AND girls!

Michael will be Instagramming the heck out of the convention, so be sure to follow him on Instagram at livemike317.  Also Twitter @Twogargs, and Facebook at Two Gargoyles Comics.

Below is a handy-dandy floor map so you can find the lone Gargoyle easily– RELATIVELY easily– and say hi and buy stuff!



Have you heard of Bent-Con?  It’s a fantastic convention dedicated to LGBTQ creatives and their works!  From their website: “BENT-CON is the premiere convention that celebrates and recognizes LGBTQ (and Allies) contributions to pop-culture and geekdom. BENT-CON is committed creating a space where EVERYONE is safe to share and express their particular brand of creativity and fandom proud and out loud!”

Writer Michael McAdam and Artist Jeremy Thew will be there this upcoming weekend, November 7-9, at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center. Come say “hi” to us in the Exhibitor’s hall!

We’re super pleased to debut a fun new art piece at this con– Superhero ABC’s!  Starring– yes– the GROINS of famous superheroes!  All in one.. ‘ahem’ — package!  Art by Jeremy Thew, colors and formatting by the hardest workin’ man in art business, Mike Rieger!


Groin Products!

We wanted to have something fun to show at the con, so what better than posters, throw pillows and tote bags with an in-your-face design?  We also started a Redbubble store with these designs on pillows, travel mugs, stickers and more– we picked a few random designs for single pillows but if you want a particular pillow, just drop us a line!

Of course we’ll have our Gargoyles Magnets with us (available on our Etsy Store) and all our great comic titles (which you can purchase online via Indyplanet!)  Support creativity!  Support freedom!  If there’s one thing big super-groins need…it’s support!  Hope to see you all at Bent-Con!

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