For my first Granite State Comicon interview, I wanted to get in touch with someone who helps run the whole show, and, luckily, I was able to land an a Q & A with Granite State Comicon head honcho and co-founder (and cookie lover) Chris Proulx!
Q: Well for starters, what are some of your hopes for this year’s convention?
Chris Proulx: We’re hoping to pull off an insanely fun event that everyone can enjoy- from the diehard fans to the casual observer!
Q: I noticed that you and your partners started Double Midnight Comics and the Granite State Con at almost the same time (2002-2003). That seems like a handful; how did you manage all that?
Chris: We’re crazy? No when the show started, it was really small, so it wasn’t too hard to pull off. If we had tried doing a show of this scale back then, we would’ve been insane!
Q: There are comic book conventions all over the place these days. What are some of the elements that distinguish *your* convention? What makes it fun and unique?
Chris: We’re trying to bring that big comic show feel to our small, little state. We will have elements of pop culture but we’re going to try and keep the focus on comics
Q: If you had to create a “state superhero” for New Hampshire, who would it be?
Chris: Maybe “The Granite Giant”, a giant rock monster along the lines of Marvel’s The Thing
Q: Take us “back-stage” at a convention. What would you say is the most surprising thing, something my readers might not predict?
Chris: I think a lot of people don’t realize it’s such a fun festival, there’s so much to see and do during the weekend. There’s literally something for everyone!
Q: How about the most rewarding aspect of the job?
Chris: Seeing the kids and fans having fun, getting to hang out with cool comic creators!
Q: And what about the most challenging or difficult part?
Chris: There are lots of different things going at once, lining up guests, setting up programming, etc. The toughest part is juggling it all to keep all the balls in the air!
Q: Do you ever get star-struck when dealing with celebrity guests and artists?
Chris: I’m a total comic fan so yes it can be daunting when dealing with some of my favorites!
Q: Fantasy, gaming, comic book, and related conventions seems to be gaining in popularity. Do you have any theories about why that might be?
Chris: I think geek/pop culture broke into the mainstream in the past ten years, and people love to come together to celebrate the stuff they love!
Q: For bonus points: If you were a supervillain, what would your powers be, and which hero would defeat you.
Chris: I don’t think I have it in me to be a villain! I am easily defeated I have a weakness for cookies!
I would like to thank Chris for taking time out of his maddening schedule to talk with me! If you want to meet in him in person, I’m sure you will be be able to spot him at Granite State Comicon, hurrying down a hallway with a clipboard in his hand.