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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Facebook Comic Con is Here! Free Sketches!!

If you've ever wondered why I firmly believe that Michael Netzer has vision and drive beyond our comprehension then wonder no further and read on McDuff...

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Facebook Comic Con is an unofficial virtual comics convention at Facebook. Inspired by Ed Reliuga, FBCC hopes to provide a 'convention away from conventions' environment. For the countless comics professionals and fans on Facebook.

As an incentive to launch this effort and enlist as many fans and pros as possible, founder Michael Netzer is offering a free virtual convention sketch to the first 1,000 members to register at the con and who request a sketch. Requests will be accepted as a wall post on events page for this offer, in this group. Sketches will be uploaded to photos section in low rez web format. High rez files for printing will be emailed to everyone wishing them.

Let's get the show on the road with an effort to inform every comics fan (and non-comics fans) about it. Tell your friends and tell them to tell their friends. Facebook Comic Con is here!

Don't forget to urge your favorite comics professionals, in your friendly network, to register as guests and take advantage of the grand exposure this convention will provide. Comics professionals will be appointed a special guest status and privileges upon registering,

Be of good cheer, a big day for the comics awaits on Facebook! Help FBCC bring this great day!
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While not wanting to take credit for the initial idea, "It wasn't my idea though I was thinking of something similar," says Michael, he is the prime mover behind the new concept. "We're looking to give the comics community a well deserved voice of prominence on Facebook. To utilize facebook tools in order to strengthen comics fandom within the global global community.

"Upcoming events will include panel discussion about comics and the world with participation of the grandest comics professionals using Facebook," continues Michael, "We hope this will become a venue for disenfranchised comics professionals to promote their work and help compensate for conditions which make it difficult for creators who find themselves not working in comics. We believe that just as comics properties are on the rise in world culture, so must the lot of comics creators be improved so that no one who's contributed to this industry is neglected."

While the concept of a virtual convention might not be an all new idea, the Facebook Comic Convention certainly is and shows the power of Facebook as it brings people together from all over the world. For the first time a person, no matter their location, will be able to 'attend' a convention and interact with professionals and fans alike and ask questions, request sketches, buy original art, view and post art and participate in forum discussions without having to move from their own homes. Add to that the attraction of an original, albeit digital, free sketch from Michael Netzer and it's easy to see why this is a win-win for the comic book community at large.

Count me in. In fact, I'm already there.

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