A great day at SPX this Sunday. Saw a whole bunch of familiar (web)comic artists (and bought some great stuff too) and met some new ones. I get overwhelmed trying to check out everything at SPX — I don’t think I’d cut it at San Diego. I guess it’s ’cause I do try to check out as much of the work as possible. (I missed the Ignatz awards Satuday night but click here to find out about the winners. Apparently there was another dude in a gorilla suit this year just like last year. UPDATE: Yep – there’s a moneky in THIS YEAR’s presentation. h/t FLEEN).
Anyhow, I may have some reviews and interviews coming up leading out of today but for now I’m putting my new poster of the "Atheist’s Afterlife" strip from Aaron Diaz’s Dresden Codak up on the wall next to my A Lesson Is Learned But the Damage is Irreversible poster. I also picked up some books from Dirk Tiede, Spike, Meredith Gran, Josh Lesnick, Joe Dunn… jeez, really too many to list in one post. I’ll get to them this week!
Also ran into the elusive Joey Manley (well he was up in the wilds of Maine for awhile… now he’s apparently in the more hospitable land of Brooklyn) along with T Campbell. I think the gist of that conversation was that the new Comicspace.com is coming soon AND YET in some ways is already here. I should try harder to get an interview with him (although I have asked!), shouldn’t I?
I also talked briefly with Raina Telgemeier about her new book with Scholastic – which will be a print version of her webcomic Smile. Raina thought a press release had gone out but I can’t find it just now. Raina had done four Babysitters Club books with Scholastic, but she said that was it for the graphic novel series. I asked Raina about the experience and she was extremely positive on it, noting she had done about 800 pages on the series. Best wishes for the Smile project and I’ll post more details when I get them.