Convention Report: SPX 2007

The Small Press Expo is, in my experience, the single most concentrated collection of independent authors, illustrators, and publishers anywhere. I was pleased to have been a part of it. The show has a really cool vibe, and walking up and down the aisles you'll see some fantastic stuff you never knew existed. Four Blank Label cartoonists besides myself were on hand to hawk wares: Brad Guigar, David Kellett, Kristofer Straub, and David Willis. I got to room with Willis, which was a rare treat-- we haven't shared space since Comic-Con 2001. Howard Tayler's rendition of I sold books, did some free sketches, and whipped out a few marker-art commissions. One of my favorites was for a guy who had themed sketchbooks, and the theme was "DC Superheroes." He had a reference shot of the newest Supergirl, and I figured I'd try my hand at it. I was so pleased with how it came out that I had to snap a picture. I sold enough stuff to break even, and to bring a few bucks back home. I also managed to make a few fans really, really happy by sneaking product into the arms of their significant others. I can't tell you how cool it feels to have my creations be the "special gifts" you kids give to each other. "You kids"... I tell you, I'm starting to feel my age. I realized that the next time I hop on a plane to go to a convention (Chimaeracon, San Antonio, March 2008) I'll be forty years old. Until then, I'm going to enjoy the last four-and-a-half months of my thirties by staying home and working on the next book.