On September 26 and 27, in Easthampton, Massachusetts, was the first TopatoCon. Topatoco is the merchandise company for over 60 creators and this was principally a celebration of webcomics.
If you have ever had a chance to listen to webcartoonists talk to each other, you will realize an interesting phenomenon: they do not try to outjoke each other; they try to out-T-shirt-design each other. These cartoonists who have made a living out of posting content for free on the Internet have relied heavily on selling merchandise. With time other ways to earn an income have emerged (like Patreon), but having cool and cute merch is still a vital aspect for these creators. So here is a little review of Topatocon looking at stickers and other adorable (and less adorable) objects.
Cohen is a ghost: @skullmandible
Cohen is indeed a ghost and an is an Internet success story. Yes, he is famous for telling jokes on Twitter and has also decided to improve monopoly with hilarious “extra-advanced” cards.
Lauren Jordan: @loremjay
Lauren is an artist, jewellery designer, textile crafter, and editor of amazing books like the Food zine. The word cute in the dictionary is usually illustrated by pictures of her creations.
Kate Leth: @kateleth
Kate Leth is known for a million different things from Edward Scissorhands to Power Up!, but it all started with webcomics and Kate or Die! Kate had a tattoo themed show including her Ink for Beginners and the above stickers shall soon be available as temporary tattoos.
Jess Fink: @JessFink
Matt Cummings: @EiffelArt
Matt Cummings is of course the artist and co-creator of Power Up! You can also read the webcomic he illustrates here and track down all the adorable avatars he has drawn for so many wonderful people on Twitter.
Tyson Hesse: @boxerhockey
Anthony Clark: @nedroid
If you have never read Beartato’s adventures, Anthony Clark is a treasure. He might very well be one of funniest human beings on the planet. I bought one of his books at the show and had to stop reading it in public before too many people thought I was just a crazy lady laughing to myself. Find his work here: nedroid.com
Chris Hastings: @drhastings
It is the beginning of the end for Dr. Mcninja. Chris Hastings has announced in August that his adventures will come to a conclusion after more than 10 years of being published on the web and as pretty books.
David Malki !: @malki
Dave Willis: @damnyouwillis
Dave Willis is the mad webcartoonist who updates seven times a week and shames all other artists by how much ahead of time he works. Come, let’s go to university!
Jon Rosenberg: @jonrosenberg