What Makes Cons Fun For Artists?

Karl Moline is a well know comic book artist and like many others is excited that cons are back. Karl has been attending cons for about 25 years now and doesn't plan on stopping any time soon.


Conventions are a great place not only to meet people who enjoy the same fandom as you but to meet some of your favorite comic book writers, artists, and celebrities from popular movies and tv shows in the nerd culture. Karl is one of several people in the comic book industry who love going to conventions to interact with the people.

"The fans, the fans are the main reason I go to cons. There is no other place where the fans can come up to you with their favorite comic that you drew in hand and have a conversation with you about why it's their favorite." Karl said after the interview.

Karl is based out of Florida, but does not mind traveling especially if it is with his best friend and fellow comic book artist, Morry Hollowell. They are very much like the Odd Couple but Karl states that cons are fun with fans but not complete without Morry. Karl travels the East Coast setting up is table with his artwork and works on commissions. Depending on how elaborate the request is Karl can get most commissions done by the next day, but there are some detailed requests that Karl can not finish in the short time of the con and he offers shipping for those commissions.

Karl is a humble artist and enjoys laughing, he does not like living life too seriously and cons help make life a little fun for him. "The change of scenery is great. Each con has something different to offer, you never know how you are going to see or meet. I do get to see a few repeat fans and I do not have a problem talking to them because I get to see what they have been up to since the last time I saw them. Of course the fans I meet for the first time is great too. They come up with comics you forget you worked on and it's so great to talk to them about it."

Karl did not state what his next con is going to be but instead suggested visiting his Instagram page for updates.

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