i've never been, but your report makes me want to try it out! (chocolate fountain!) it's just hard to shell out the amount of $ those tables cost- not to mention travel expenses from flor-i-da. curse this southern peninsula!
I wouldn't even know who R. Sikoryak is if I didn't get Masterpiece Comics in the mail the other day... it wasn't alone on it's trip it came with X-Men Misfits and the final BSC comic! And Flight too!
I haven't had time to read anything but the Masterpiece one... ^_^;
I'm glad you did well! I hope you have something left for those of us who couldn't make it! X3
PS: What are those colorful pastries? They look delicious! *drools*
It sounds like such a fun event!
I think that's my favorite Comics Bakery photo ever.
You said it! It might have been the best con experience I've ever had. It was enormous fun from the con floor to the after party that is the entire hotel.
The thing I've never really gotten about SPX is the outsider perspective. It always seems like a trade show, and all the positive reviews I've ever heard about it are from exhibitors. What's it like for the fans? The people who don't really make comics, that just like to read them?
Plus, this might just be the big city guy in me, but is Bethesda really conducive to such a show? What's the off the street traffic like?
Bethesda's a close suburb of DC, and there's a Metro stop 1/2 a block away from the hotel's front door. We see tons of non-comics locals every year at the show!
I theorize that at LEAST 70% of people who attend MoCCA, APE, SPX or any "indy" show are people who make comics, made comics back in the day, or want to make comics on some level. Not surprisingly because half of the people who READ comics at all these days will try to work on a comic at some point in their lives. But I digress.
"non-cartoonist" attendance at SPX this year seemed comparable to that at MoCCA art fest. There's always a decent amount of people who come just for their love of comics. It just depends what you want to get out of a show. SPX allows you to spend a whole weekend trapped with cartoonists. So real conversations tend to happen. This can be good and bad! SPX is very much for people who really love comics as a medium from the inside out. It used to be combined with this international comics scholarly get together so it's really born out of people who not only read comics but spend a lot of time thinking about them. Figuring out how they work, what makes them unique etc. So the show often is a haven for people who view comics as experiments in form as well as craft and creative objects. This show, more than any other really supports Scott McClouds whole theory about different tribes of comic makers.
You guys are a sack-full of adorable.
I thought I was the only one who hid in his hotel room. Not that I've gone to a con in forever.
Glad to hear that SPX was great! I'm hoping to attend (and maybe have a table?) one of these days. I can't wait to read Life Meter 3! You've also improved my quality of life by posting that "Combination Taco Bell & Pizza Hut" song.
Man... I missed out on some super action fun it seems. I mean, I had an amazing NYC Saturday instead... but still.
Glad the show went well and sounds like there was tons of fun!
It was my first year going to SPX, and I'm a budding cartoonist myself. I stopped by your table and was very impressed with everything you guys had. I picked up the first issues of Teenboat, and my friends had Lifeforce 3, it was one of my favorite tables to visit! thanks for making SPX so much fun!
It was great seeing you guys again even if you were sold out of LM3 and I didn't get a cookie!
Even if I was freezing it warmed my heart to look over and see you guys the entire show! I'm so glad we got to have dinner together. The four of you are magical individually but legendary as a group!
I will not stop writing this message and go back to singing the Taco Bell Pizza Hutt song.
It was so good to see you guys! As always.
I *am* going to have a table next year! I mean, I could barely stand not having one this year! Woo!
That picture is great! The Comics Bakery table looks awesome. It sounds like it was a great time overall!
I love that your car is named Ponyo and that Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell song is one of the best things I've ever heard and I don't think I'm going to be able to get it out of my head.