A happy ending, or a perilous beginning?
I have never had a bad time at SPX, even when I was delirious with virus a couple of years ago. SPX 2014 was no exception, especially since it was the first time I actually had table space to promote “Kitty’s Cats”.
I was lucky enough to share a table with Jared Axelrod and Leah Riley. I split my section (pictured above) with Jason Payne of Syrup Pirates, publisher of “Molasses”. Our immediate neighbor was cartoonist and tattoo artist, Electric Pick who had traveled all the way from Hong Kong for the event. I couldn’t have asked for more jovial and entertaining table mates.
Due to the steady stream of attendees, I didn’t have much time to check out the other exhibitors. I did manage to sneak out and talk to Becky & Frank (Capture Creatures), Caitlin Major and Matthew K. Hoddy (Space Pyrates), and Shmorky (Butthug). A finer assembly of cartoonists and all around nice people cannot be found anywhere else! I also enjoyed hanging out with Ryan and Jason from Chapel Hill Comics, who are on record as the first store to stock “Molasses”.
On the bus ride home, I managed to borrow Jared’s copies of Ignatz Award winner Sam Bosma’s “Fantasy Basketball” and “The Hanging Tower”, both of which should be required reading for anyone who likes Fantasy, RPGs , or just plain good storytelling. I was already aware of Sam’s fantastic illustrations, but this was the first time I had read his comics. He has that rare gift for seamless efficient characterization that marks the best comics creators.
I would like to thank everyone who picked up my “Kitty’s Cats” postcards and purchased “Molasses” this year! I hope we meet again in 2015!
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I will be at table H4 at SPX this year. Stop by, if you please!
For Sale at SPX
- “Molasses” issue No. 1, featuring an exclusive “Kitty’s Cats” story
- “Kitty’s Cats” post cards and prints
- additional goodies from Syrup Pirates, publisher of “Molasses”
Thanks to my friend Jared Axelrod for the handy map graphic, and hosting me at his table!
An exclusive Kitty’s Cats story will debut in the new funny animal anthology “Molasses” at SPX 2014. Check out this preview!
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“Molasses” will be published by Syrup Pirates and will feature comics by a number of excellent cartoonists. Check out the publisher’s announcement for more details. SPX 2014 takes place on September 13–14 at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center. Please consider attending and stopping by to pick up the book and other great Kitty’s Cats stuff! If you can’t make it, the book will be available online shortly after the event.
I’m very excited to be making an appearance at SPX this year. I will be at my friend Jared Axelrod’s table, and will have at least one comic (details forthcoming) and some merchandise to sell. If you are planning to attend, please stop by and say hi!
I spent a few hours checking out Locust Moon Comic Fest yesterday. It reminded me of the early days of Small Press Expo, and I mean that in a very complimentary way. there were a lot of very talented and friendly cartoonists exhibiting their wares. I only regret not getting to talk to more of them. It makes me happy that the Philly comics scene is so healthy. I think this festival has potential to grow and attract people from all over the country.
Delightful goodies I managed to abscond with:
Cards and Stickers
For my part, I was handing out preview mini-comics to anyone I came into contact with. I plan to have a table next year, and hopefully get to meet everyone I missed this time!