Monday, September 17, 2012

Small Press Expo

A lot of fun...if very crowded. (It seems they had a surge in attendance and not a corresponding increase in available space...the con was bursting at the seams and panels were standing room only).

Good place to go if you want to get your hands on 'spandex free' comics - very few of the books available were in the superhero genre, although I did find one possible gem. Not sure until I get around to reading it. I'd say the most popular genre was comedy, followed by realistic comics, many of them 'action' comics set in east coast cities...quite a few people from New York and writing work set in New York. Quality varied from stuff clearly made in somebody's garage to work that was visually indistinguishable from what the major publishers put out. Some of which was amazing - I have to put a particular shout out to Sarah P. and R.M. Rhodes for Starseed...some *amazing* talent there. (Is it a surprise that it's an erotica comic? Likely not...I've found that people in the romance and erotica world put a lot of effort into their work and are almost invariably highly professional). Oh, and particular amusement is aimed at the cat comic writer selling hand crochet catnip mice. I guess she knew her target audience...the cats.

All in all, not a waste of time and if you have a comic, definitely look into exhibiting there. Quite a few people were selling out of books and the con drained all three ATMs in the hotel by halfway through the afternoon. And if you just want to find weird comics (giant monster fighting hardcore porn, anyone? Horror comic about a creature that's half gull half man? Or how about a story about how the monsters of England come back in the 21st century and Merlin calls the knights in to save the country...except, well, think about who gets knighted these days...) Gotta love it.