This has ended up being a year for a lot of firsts. First year for a new anime convention and now the first year of an independent comics festival. The first year of the Denver Independent Comic Arts Festival (DINK) seemed to be mostly successful. I can't speak to the degree of financial success (either for the artists or the organizers), but there was a wide variety of artists and panels presented. I had a lot of fun listening to some comics artists talking about autobio comics and the history and future of underground comics. I also went to a workshop about how to make a zine, which got me out of my shell enough to make a short autobio zine.
I had a lot of fun. My only regret, was that I did not have the budget to buy all of the amazing comics that I saw. I hope that this convention can continue for many more years, since its a great change of pace compared to the large, mainstream comics conventions that are typical.