Julian Lytle bringing Ants to Awesome Con 2016

Webcomic Ants will be available at Awesome Con

Awesome Con is bracing for an Ants invasion. Artist Julian Lytle is bringing a collection of his webcomic to the Washington, D.C. pop culture convention this weekend from Friday to Sunday.

Lytle started the pop culture satire comic in 2009 as a way to get his thoughts on rap music, politics and everything in between out to the masses. Lytle has tackled topics like Kanye West, Drake, the University of Missouri protests and the presidential campaign process.

Ants features four main characters — Traz, Trak, Skud and Fud, whom Lytle said in some ways represent different facets of his personality.

Julian Lytle

‘They go on crazy adventures like fighting gods because a rainstorm interrupted breakfast or battling Rupert Murdoch in a giant robot after they find out he’s bugging everybody’s phones,’ Lytle said.

While being the creator of the next big pop culture phenomenon would be nice, Lytle’s more immediate goals are to simply entertain his readers.

‘I’m hoping people get another point of view and get some nice laughs … And maybe be a little bit hipper,’ he said.

Initially Lytle crafted a weekly installment of Ants every Tuesday, but soon began putting new comics out every Tuesday and Thursday. Lytle’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed as Ants has been nominated in 2010 and 2013 by the Glyph Comic Awards, which honors the best comics made by, for and about people of color.

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At Awesome Con, Lytle will be selling a 32 pages black and white collection of strips for an affordable $5. The comic features an extended storyline that Lytle said made for an easily collected edition.

Ants-mag-coverThis marks Lytle’s first year as a vendor at Awesome Con and he said he’s excited about the potential to tap into and interact with a new and local audience.

‘It’s a while new experience for me,’ he said. ‘But people should come check it out because it’s going to be the freshest thing at the convention.’

Lytle will be in Artist Alley at Table M-16, a dubious designation Lytle fully appreciated.

‘This is the best table I’ve ever had,’ Lytle said with a laugh. ‘Next time I want AK-47 and all the other gun tables.’

Lytle said he receives a good amount of feedback from readers at conventions so if you’re familiar with the title he encourages you to swing by and chat him up. For those looking for something different than the norm and want to try out a fresh new comic, give Ants a try. And make sure to tell Lytle you read about Ants here.

You can check out Ants at ants.thejulianlytle.com.

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