Every year, Comic-Con sets aside a limited number of tables in the Exhibit Hall at substantially reduced rates for small press and fan publishing. To see the list of Small Press Vendors this year, click here.
One example of a new comic book looking to make a splash at the convention is Tantra Grrrls from OneTantra Productions. The comic tells the story of four young women who channel the power of four ancient Hindu goddesses able to control the four elements: earth, wind, fire, and water. According to their press release, Tantra Grrrls will be released "for the print, web and digital handheld markets." It will offer readers "a taste of the tantric arts within a humorous, edgy, urban chic storyline. The comic book will also deal with sensitive issues such as safe sex, date rape, bisexuality, polyamory and 'rainbow families' in a sensitive and subtle way. It is suitable for reading by mature teenagers."
While small press comics would be thrilled to reach a niche market, they are inspired by a number of independent comics that reached broad mainstream success, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and others. Maybe some of the unknowns at this year's Comic-Con might be tomorrow's great hits.