ECCC is only about ten days away! And while I am excited to head out to the Pacific Northwest and meet readers and make new readers and meet friends and make new friends, I am also unbearably nervous because I in no way belong among the amazing other people at the same set of tables as me.
The list of artists that Topatoco is sending out make me feel like they had a extra spot at the main table at Thanksgiving and what the hell, no need to make that guy sit at the kids’ table on his own, so why not let Dante sit with us? And I do not anywhere near belong with them and it’s kind of nuts.
I mean, seriously:
Jeph Jacques, creator of Questionable Content? The comic that made me realize that comics on the internet existed? One of the absolute bests in the business?
Aaron Diaz, creator of Dresden Codak? The guy who is probably the absolute best webcomic artist there is? The guy who I’ve accidentally backhanded compliment insulted to his face the two times I’ve met him and I still feel terrible about it everytime?
David Malki!, creator extraordinaire of Wondermark and Machine of Death and incredibly great guy who did so much to help make the STW calendar not only a reality but also a thing that would have sucked if I hadn’t gotten help?
Chris Yates, the guy whose puzzles in my office have delighted every student who comes in? Who produced what is certainly the best guestcomic I’ve ever received?
Joey Comeau and Emily Horne, who have made the absolute king of photocomics, A Softer World, and have completely legitimized the use of the artform? Who I am utterly indebted to for their work?
And that’s before we even get into Tyson Hesse, Sam Logan, Becky Dreistadt, and Frank Gibson? Or the great Holly Rowland who has for some unknown reason welcomed me into the Topatoco family?
I do not belong in the same building as these people, let alone the same room or even the same general table. This isn’t hyperbole! I’m entirely serious.
Look, if I was teaching, the only one true area that I am completely lacking in self-doubt, then I wouldn’t have a problem! Give me a chalkboard and some derivations and we’ve got no problem. But this is webcomics, and I really don’t believe I deserve to be as fortunate as I have been to be able to be in the same grouping with them!
So please, if you’ll be there, come swing by and say hello? Your friendliness will help me be completely ignorant of the amazing people all around me, and help keep me from melting or self-combusting.