Saturday, November 13, 2010

I Want to Be a Con Man

After hearing stories from my significant other about a webcomics convention that was held last weekend, I started wondering what it would be like to be a part of a YouTube convention. YouTube channels can have just as big and loyal a following as any webcomic, so why not?

Exfanding's excursion to Comic-Con put Alex and myself in the midst of some high-profile special guests, but I wonder what it would be like to attend a low-key convention that's really more of a geeky meet-and-greet than a sprawling money pit swarming with celebrities. Not that I'm speaking ill of Comic-Con--I had a blast. I also had much more money when I went in.

I think about how cool it is to have people who eagerly follow me on YouTube and actively participate in conversations unfurled through short comments. My channel has become just as much of a community as any social network, and I'm just as excited to meet my Friends and Subscribers in person as they are for me to release another video already, for cryin' out loud.

I'd love to be a special guest at a small convention. I'd hang around my table all day, doing a live Mega Man marathon and chatting up the conventiongoers. I could offer Mega Man lessons to struggling gamers and challenge passersby to a round of Mega Man Battle & Chase. I might not have anything to sell, but I could give away CDs of funny sound clips from my various videos. Yes, I have said a few funny things here and there, and yes, I swear there's actually a market for this.

There's also the fun I could have as a panelist. Panels are great because they don't necessarily have to have anything to do with my area of specialty. The name of the panel could be, "Watch These Dudes Play Contra and Fail Miserably," and I'd still be a perfect fit.

...So, anybody need a freeloading convention guest with no real marketable convention skills except for talking and playing video games with people?

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