I have a lot of fandom, but even I’ll admit – it’s easy to make fun of folks at conventions. Not all of them, mind you, but a large percentage is always more ridiculous than everybody else in attendance. And now, Paul Cornell (Doctor Who) and Marika Cresta (Doctor Aphra) are joining forces with AHOY Comics to parody conventions in Con & On—a 5-part tragi-comedy of painful hilarity.
Here are the specifics you need to know:
CON & ON is the story of five different years in the life of the Festival—one year per issue, spanning three decades—from the points of view of a diverse bunch of desperate people whose lives revolve around this greatest show on Earth. Meet close friends Eddie and Deja, aspiring young comics talents whose ambitions threaten to tear them apart; Anthony, Don & Finn, brilliant, boozy and bombastic British creators; and all of the crusty veteran editors, forgotten TV stars, and enthusiastic fans who make the convention experience something to revisit year after year.
“CON & ON is the real mirror of the panorama of conventions,” said artist Marika Cresta. “Anyone who has ever lived in this comics world will surely find themselves in one of the many characters who animate this story and make it feel alive and unexpectedly real. I loved working on it because it’s a world I live in and I’m passionate about the idea of being able to depict it, both in its positive and negative aspects!”
If you like what you hear, Con & On is available for purchase now. At least issue 1. Stay tuned to The Workprint for more cool comics from AHOY Comics!
“Funny, smart and sharply observed. Does what every great con does: reminds you that while the medium is obsessed with the superhuman, it’s the human that makes it matter. For better, or for worse.”—Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine)