Well o well o well. I attended my first New York City Comic Con last weekend. And, um ... wow? I always write about how overwhelming the conventions I attend are, but nothing compares to the spectacle I witnessed on Saturday. Other than just taking it all in, deciding what I am gonna be for Halloween, and helping man a table (not my own), I didn't really "do" much. But I have to say it really wasn't my scene. Maybe I didn't look hard enough, but after I leave an event my sense of intimidation usually goes hand in hand with a healthy does of inspiration. Though I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the exhibit space, the number of people, and the apparent body-confidence of today's rubenesque high-schoolers, I was underwhelmed by the comics I saw.
Maybe that's because I didn't see many comics. A lot of food vendors, a lot of video games, t-shirts and merchandise but not so many comics. Eh, they know whats up though. Consistently year after year I sell more under-wear and t-shirts than comics. This year at SPX I decided NOT to to bring my hand made undies, as I was worried it was taking away from how serious I am about comic booking, but I think my sales suffered for it. People will pay 20 bucks for a t-shirt but not 5 for a hand bound creator generated book.
That being said it was really quite incredible to see everyone dressed up and I tried to take a few pictures to capture the mood.
An accordion playing boba fett with an entrepreneuring fan-girl (she was selling cheap out of town cigarettes).
Confessors! I actually used to read (and love!) those books.
In other news there is a release date for the latest Rabid Rabbit. Yours truly will be featured in this, the latest effort of the Rabbit Crew. This one is gonna be big and awesome and, in my opinion, it has the best cover to date:
The release party will be at Dessert Island in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on the 28th of October. Rabid Rabbit events are always tons of fun so you should come out pick up a copy and rub elbows with some of the greatest indie talents in this city.
Also don't forget to drop by the SVA galleries for the Ink Plots show. It promises to be one of the most important group shows related to comics this year. Seriously, this exhibit has some heavy hitters and it's kind of mind blowing to realize they are all coming out of SVA. Details here. The reception is on Thursday starting at 5:30, but if you can't make that the show is already up and will be until November 6th. Hopefully I will see some of you there.
And last but not least I was in Time Out last week, which is always a thrill. They spelled my name right this time, but clipped my art a little so I am posting it in its entirety here:
You may also view it here.
Wow! I thought I only had a couple of links to share, but I went on and on and on didn't I? On a closing note I have had a lot of crazy upheavals lately, not the least of which being that I am now working full time. I am so excited to be working and learning as much as I am, but I am going to have to be that much more careful not to lose sight of what I really care about which is drawing comics and doing my damnedest to make something out of my ambitions. I have a lot great projects coming up and I am excited to share new work in the next few months. Thanks for reading.