The human brain is especially sensitive to comparison, but I don’t think I had an especially good time at SPX because I busted my leg on the first day. It did add spice to the event, but there was so much going on, and so many artists exhibiting, that the entire exhibition carried the sweet air of prospect for all attending. I talked with a one Matt Rhodes and he mentioned how people had been telling him that they had to leave the room, there were so many artistic efforts coming at spectators from so many angles.

My sister and her friends Sarah and Soo were stationed with me at our table as we watched the passing throng peruse the wares. Some people stopped to say hello, and some had to soldier on and devote their attentions elsewhere. Maybe it was because it was absolutely FRIGID there thanks to the hotel’s overzealous climate control; we were right under a register. But we got to experience the dynamics of a suffused marketplace firsthand. We were all the way in the back, so I can’t help but think that our location and ambient temperature hurt our chances at selling. But it was our first time too. I took down a bunch of ideas that should make my display even more eye-catching, including more affordable comics, like the upcoming Tortoise and the Hare mini comic. We’re going to come back next year stronger than before thanks to the data we’ve all gathered. MoCCA is next… or possibly King Con since I’m right there, near Brooklyn. Kelly, are you reading this?

On the other side of the table, it was a lot of fun to browse. I shook hands with a bunch of cool people, including Rice Boy‘s Evan Dahm and the man and CEO behind comiXpress who handled my order, Logan DeAngelis. I had two great abutting tablemates, Andrew Edge of Cool Monkey Press (I bought a print of a great portrait he did of Frank Zappa) and David Allan Duncan (At the end of the con, we agreed to trade–my 10%+ Addendum for his The Moonshine Murders series). Unfortunately, I am not the kind of person who thinks to take photographs, but I’m glad I could have these memories. Next time, I want to have the protocol that’ll let me approach even more people.

I think the highlight of the convention was meeting the NofNA fans who came by to the table. Sorry about the cold, guys. Thanks for stopping by. Great meeting you! There was one person who I missed. Who are ya? Sorry I wasn’t there–Mr. Rhodes, above, invited me to draw in a light-based medium. Really cool idea; I couldn’t say no!

Hope to see you at the next convention.

I still have to program the NofNA store, so the books are not going to go on sale just yet. I’ll let everyone know when they do with a big fanfare.

3 Responses to “SPX”

  1. Kovu says:

    Oh, I am so wishing I could have come down. That’s one bad thing about being Canadian when so much more seems to come from the US, I suppose. Well, hopefully one day I could come down, it’d be an honour to meet you ^^. So looking forwards to the books, though! Glad I can still get those!

  2. Jen says:

    Sorry you had a hard time of it! D= Apparently it’s hurricane season here now–not that I was aware we had one before, like, two weeks ago…

    Was it cold in your area? Hmm. I expect it was the fact it was your first showing, ’cause the SPX veterans seemed to do really well. [I note, of course, I pretty much only bought from people I already knew and/or fan books: Life Meter, “Watch-Babies” Watchmen parody, etc.]

  3. Jeremy says:

    I find it hard to imagine a con with better swag.

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