Storm Troopers on a Sunday: The GraniteCon 2008 report

May 23rd, 2008 by Daniel Barlow · 3 Comments


The first thing I saw when arriving at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH last Sunday morning was a giant Jabba the Hut puppet in the lobby. The second thing I saw was Storm Troopers getting dressed in the men’s room.

So, it was going to be THAT kind of comic convention, I said to myself, straightening my tie and polishing my cuff links (this is a lie - I wore neither).

GraniteCon - a nice, small-sized comic convention put on by the good folks over at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester - was a wonderful bundle of contradictions.

Almost one-third of the floor space was devoted to local and small press talent while superstar Green Lantern artist Ethan Van Sciver demanded a 5-hour wait for free color sketches.

Storm Troopers roomed the aisles and 12-year-old boys competed against each other in “Call of Duty 4″ games on LCD tv screens. All while Mimi’s Doughnuts’ Marek Bennett organized a series of wall-length comic james, pulling in artists and amateurs from the crowd.

Here’s a few quick thoughts -

1) Smaller, local shows have a better financial yield than the “national” indi