“Split Lit: A Book Fair is an intimate gathering of authors and comic book creators and storytellers. This is a great opportunity to meet indie authors – network with other emerging authors and attend some cool panels. All writers are encouraged to attend.”
Split Lit: A Book Fair is a new convention that happened on August 27th (this past Sunday) that was meant to bring creative minds into one place that we could network with one another. The venue was small but the set-up of the place was convenient for what Paul Barile (founder of Split Lit) wanted to happen.
There were authors set around edge of the space with books and graphic novels on their tables--I did feel a bit out of place only I wasn't someone who had a few books under their belt, but I was thankful that Paul chose me to come to the event regardless.
A few authors in the room did stand on this stage that was located at the front of the venue and read an excerpt from a short story or novel that they have written as well as gave a little information about themselves--this is what we called "panels" for this event.
The tables were huge and I was actually closer to the stage than I thought I was going to be.
In my mind, it felt more like a creative writing or speech class as opposed to a panel, but that was what I found interesting about Split Lit as a whole. I enjoyed listening to what people had to say about their subjects for their novels, such as John Borowski (right) who has studied and written on serial killers and the cultures behind it and Bibi Belford (left) who taught us the basics of writing children's books/graphic novels.
While there was nothing else to really fall back on, I will say that I think Split Lit can definitely benefit from "panels" or talks like this in the long run if it is pushed in the right direction. I also think that the event itself is more beneficial to writers as opposed to illustrators such as myself. While I did meet some interesting characters there, I don't know if I will be coming back to this event until it finds that balance it needs.
Some crazy cats, a cool brother, and one of my best buds. Thanks for always supporting me, dude.
I have two more events that I are coming up but I'll wait a little bit longer before revealing them to you guys. But for now, I shall run away and work on whatever else I need to finish!
Until next time!
Illustrator. Concept Artist. Co-creator of project: HANASU.