Con Review: Genericon XVII

genericonxviiby J. Andrew World


Genericon XVII
January 16-18, 2004
Troy, New York

I returned, quite welcomed, to Genericon again this year. Coincidentally, the con had record-breaking attendance this year. Once again they had an incredible array of web comic pros, such as Pete Abrams of Sluggy Freelance, Randy Milholland of Something Positive, and Ian Jones-Quartey of RPG World. There were other guests including Bard and Vicki Bloom, creators of the World Tree RPG; Tom Van Zandt and Aaron Wood of Captain Drew and his Crew of Two; and Fuzz Face of Looney Labs.

I arrived late on Friday because of traffic problems, but that was fine. I quickly ran into an old friend and we passed the time catching up and ended up playing in the Play-Doh Wars. I made a head that looked like an Easter Island statue crossed with the Martian Manhunter. The competition ended in a three-way tie, which included my friend Dan Marsh who made a Bun-Bun, complete with switchblade and Easter egg. By this time it was kind of late so I went to check into the hotel.

I woke up early the next day to get to the Art Show. After setting up I ran to the panel on Fandom that I had been invited to take part in. It turned out to be a pretty relaxed panel with Fuzz Face and me talking to the other people about Fandom for about twenty minutes. However as it came closer to noon the room filled up more and more in anticipation of the next panel. I began passing out ’zines to the people as they came in, I even threw some to people as I pranced around the room. By noon, the room had filled for Pete Abrams’ Sluggy Freelance panel which was a great deal of fun. After lunch I decided to spend some time in the Art Show chatting with the other artists. I even squeezed in some time in the Dealer’s Room talking to Tom Van Zandt and Aaron Wood.

That evening Genericon took the guests out for dinner. We went to a small pub in a rowhouse called “The Holmes and Watson,” which looked appropriately like it was straight out of Victorian England. The place was rather posh and had dark wood everywhere. They fit thirty of us upstairs. We had a blast, eating, joking, and creating a panel-by-panel comic. I added a picture of a ninja pulling a pair of lips from his eye. After dinner we all split up—a few went to set up the party, a few went to Lego Wars (just like Play-Doh Wars but with Legos), and I hung around the convention.

I eventually went to the party and had a blast. There weren’t many people, but we had fun turning Munchkin into a drinking game. The game lasted until 4:00 AM.

The next morning I crawled out of bed and grumbled my way to the con complete with hangover and obnoxious cat girls shrilling in decibels that should not be hit. I caught the “Business of Web Comics” panel and the “Web Comics Jam.” After the Jam I got the weather report—snow—and decided not to stick it out until the end like I was hoping. I missed a good chance to make some extra cash (they let guests pimp their goods at the end of the con) but I did avoid a massive snow storm.

Next year’s Genericon will be held January 21-23, 2005. There are no details online yet but stay tuned.


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