All professions engage in networking to foster connections and showcase their work — even comic creators.
The Triangle Comics Creator Network (TCCN) is hosting a Comics Creator Hangout on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. The event will take place at Atomic Empire, located in Westgate Shopping Center in Durham.
Katie Stoffel, who frequently participates in TCCN programming, said that past hangouts have been helpful since her recent move to Durham.
“You learn so much just by talking to other people who do the same thing you do, and that's really the most beneficial part of coming to these meetings,” Stoffel said. “Also, you meet a lot of like-minded people and it's easy to make friends because you're all there for the same reason.”
Creators of all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend. Lead organizer Patrick Holt said that allows for the community to grow and keep camaraderie strong.
“When we give folks the tools to express themselves and to make the connections across all those experience levels, it's how community happens,” Holt said. “It is poignant to see a full adult sharing their knowledge with a teenager or someone even younger, but everybody of every age range has something they can tell somebody else that's new to that other person.”
Attendees will also hear a speech by guest speaker Erim Akpan, who will be discussing how to get published in magazines. Akpan has been attending TCCN hangouts for two or three years and wanted to share her experiences with the group so that they too can have their work published.
“I really like helping people get their stories out into the world,” Akpan said. “There are a lot of things I wish I had known when I started out doing that would have gotten me much farther, much faster. Sharing those things with other people and making their journey easier makes me happy.”
TCCN has only recently started inviting guest speakers to the events, but Holt said the restructuring has also made social interaction at the hangouts better.