Ashcan Adventures…

5 Dec

So… since I discussed the history and intent of the studio in an earlier [Nov 29, “Hitting On All Sixes… Speakeasy Style“] post, I figured this time around I would share with you how we proceeded from that point.



Now that we had established a definitive purpose for our cooperative studio it was important to go about the business of collaborating, creating & getting our “works in progress” into the hands of some knowledgeable readers for some real-world feedback. We sought a venue focused on independent creators and an online search turned up the following: the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo in Columbus, Ohio. Bob Corby organizes this wonderful event each year that is not only an excellent opportunity to debut one’s work but is also an entertaining an informative experience for the exhibitors! Rather than being competitive or harsh, the Indie community is quite welcoming and willing to share knowledge and experience with one another…:)

The small press con exposure also provided our creators with valuable experiences in dealing with the media:

The audio POD CAST from Comic Related of their interview with Speakeasy Primate r. j. paré in Columbus, Ohio – April 2009 @ S.P.A.C.E.

Handycam at the ready, we recorded some of these experiences at S.P.A.C.E. and other small press cons over the next couple years:

S.P.A.C.E 2010    S.M.A.C.C. 2010    S.P.A.C.E. 2011 part I   & part II

I regard these experiences, practically giving away ashcan editions of early drafts of our work, as the fire with which we would forge our finished works. Don’t keep your work under wraps – get out there, show your work build on the successes and learn from the missteps. As independent small press publishers we should always be learning and growing as creators.

More next time…


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