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September 30th, 2009

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10:46 am - Small Press Expo!
The Comics Bakery had a great time, as usual, in Bethesda for Small Press Expo. goraina and yaytime picked up crypticpress and I in their car (!!!) and we started off the weekend right by getting addicted to this song.


Once down there, setup was easy and I have to say that I really appreciate the time and consideration Karon Flage, the Executive Committee, and the Steering Committee all dedicate to putting on SPX. It is a wonderful, smooth-running show and in fact it is SO well-organized that it is terribly easy to take for granted. :)

Mad Men Squid

I had my zombie mini with me, which was a collection of two short stories based on a couple of zombie dreams I've had in the past six months. It was a silly, self-gratifying thing to put into comic form, but it gave me a laugh and I hope it did the same for those who picked it up. :) Lifemeter 3 was out, and that anthology is so darn good! It's a beautiful book filled with fun, enticing work. How nice to put that into people's hands and say, "Just take a look. I think you'll like it." because then you get to watch their faces as they light up reading it.



Colleen and Marianne had the Lumberjack mini with them, which they sold out of--of course! But even more delightful was the effort they put into their display, their beards, the zillions of other beards they made, the axes, and good grief just about everything they touched turned to oak--it was so fabulous to see them this weekend.


Raina's smile will knock the socks off of everyone who reads it, and she got a very enthusiastic response to her contest and raffle for advance reader copies of the book!


One of the highlights for me was getting to talk briefly with Erika Moen and Jim Ottaviani, whose work I enjoy very much.

Some more random shots:








More photos on my flickr page. If you don't see your name and website credited, please shoot me a message or a comment and I'll change that. :)

Small Press Expo remains one of the top two shows to see new, independent, and innovative approaches to comic art on the East Coast, and I have to say it was the show I enjoyed most this year. Thanks for all your hard work, guys!

For a real, honest-to-goodness report, check out Dave Roman's LJ!
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Date:September 30th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I like the squids inspired by Mad Men!
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Date:September 30th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
I thought you would! I should do some more of those. :)
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Date:September 30th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Great photos Marion! Can't wait to get down there one of these years. Also: I must know who was selling the Mrs. White T-shirt in that top table photo. I want one!
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Date:September 30th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
That would be Colleen the Magnificent. I got the last white/grey one, and I have to alter it to fit my girth. :(

Are you interested in going to the garment district tomorrow? I'd like to get some t-shirt material to widen it out a bit and I think I want a buddy.
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Date:September 30th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
thanks for the link! Well, I'll be at work, but depending on which area you're in and what time, we can possibly still meet up. I usually take lunch around 1 or 2, and I'm on 18th st. It'd be nice to see you :)
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Date:October 1st, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
I so love the look of SPX. ONE day i'll be there...ONE. DAY!
Date:October 1st, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Just so you know, I have been fighting back the urge to draw you walkin' around and strokin' your lush, felt beard sagely.
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Date:October 1st, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
I have to see this. ;)
I wanted to post the photo of you but it turned out so blurry that it just wasn't flattering. :( Dang the lighting in that room! Also, dang my weenus photography skills!

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