31 Mar 2013 07:08 pm
The Great Comics Switcheroonie, Webcomic-Style
Comic-Con is a massive event held in San Diego every year. It's an adventure unlike any convention that I know of, and is a major happening in the media. Nevertheless, even with over 125,000 people attending every year, it's easy to find yourself alone.
Usually, I like to make arrangements to go by myself because I am a lone wolf-type of guy, but I had a friend ask before last year's convention if I would be interested in sharing a room with him a couple of his friends from out of state. For whatever reason, I said yes.
For me, last year's Comic-Con was one big bro-fest. There was drinking, pretty girls, kick-ass food and more drinking. Justin, Derek and Alan are some of the best friends that I have.
Alan Truong also happens to make a webcomic, and he and I spent many hours, not just at the convention, but afterwards ever since, talking and scheming on how we will take over the world with our webcomics. However, it was at Comic-Con, nearly nine months ago, that Alan had this idea of doing a webcomic's version of The Great Comics Switcheroonie.
In 1997, several comic strip creators swapped strips, without the foreknowledge of their editors, for the day of April 1st. Jim Davis did Blondie, Young & Drake did Garfield; Dilbert was done by Bil Keane, and Family Circus was drawn by Scott Adams. Shoot... even Charles Schultz (Peanuts) and Patrick McDonnell (Mutts) were going to trade, but one of them chickened out at the last minute. This affair has been referred to, by people who like to name things, as The Great Comics Switcheroonie.
Anyway, Alan and I both had fun and we've talked briefly about doing this again next year. I encourage others to participate... to make this an annual tradition. Imagine the mass confusion; people expecting Penny Arcade, and getting Sheldon; expecting Pictures of You, and getting Cyanide & Happiness.
Let chaos reign!