Long Con Volume 1

The Long Con Volume 1 Cover

The Long Con Volume 1 collects Issues #1-#5. 117 pages of convention life satirically played out from the perspective of the new attendee vs. a con devotee. In short, the operation is successful! Will the patient die on the table?

Long Con Volume 1
Written by Dylan Meconis & Ben Coleman
Illustrated by Ea Denich
Colored by M. Victoria Robado
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
Published by Oni Press, Inc.

Here is a well written story that tours the reader through the very familiar and occasionally asinine elements of scifi and fantasy conventions. Badges on the upside, the stupidity of peace bonding deep on the other.

Story wise, there is no character development. This is a parody. The setup happens and is mostly forgotten. Half the pages are flashbacks which change the point of view smoothly from the jarring introduction to con life vs. the whole sub culture that exists in all of them. Look for one funny, out of place FOB moment. And cannibalism.

Because the Long Con is going on for years. In isolation from the rest of the world. Meh, cute.

Dench’s art is full of cameos and beautifully drawn with great characterization. More-so than a parody might have deserved. Tops on that. Colors by Victoria Robado are nice and completely fit the bill.

The production is as professional as you could want. Everyone is pulling their weight. Would I tell you to buy a TPB of this series? If you’re hurting for a convention parody, ok. It would be a great swag or marketing gimmick at a con with custom covers or even an ad rag full of coupons.

While I rate the production 3 stars of 5, the patient didn’t make it.
If you are looking for a con parody, though, go here.
Lonnie Webb

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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