S.P.A.C.E. 2013 wrap-up.
Usually I do a daily run-down of every day, but this is the first show where I was a bit under the weather. Medicated, I want to say medicated to point out I wasn’t contagious. Groggy at times, yes. I may have slopped through a couple of table interviews. (It was extremely hard to hear at times anyway.) Perhaps I hallucinated this but both Jeff Smith and Tom Spurgeon turned up to check out the show.
I opted to go to the Cartoon Library tour again this year. Lots of good stuff spread out over the display tables: a few pages from Miller’s run on Daredevil. An early 1950’s strip from Peanuts and (I think) the last Calvin & Hobbes strip. Then wandered over to the Ogre for the pre-show party. It got cut short as I got called away.
Seriously, this has to be one of my favorite year’s yet for S.P.A.C.E. The quality overall was up a bit from last year. Attendance is based on ticket sales, which were up, but the crowd felt the same. Slow and steady. Still it felt like there was a different buzz in the air.
Continuing the trend, there were a lot of trades and collections. The average book was around $6. One hesitates to trade for something like that. Come to think of it, I can’t remember the last time someone came around asking for a trade. Maybe 6-8 years ago? Yikes. It’d be nice to see more silkscreened covers but I can understand why people skip out on it and switch to the nice matte cardstock cover. It’s also reassuring that people are getting wiser as to which shows to table at and which to skip.
I enjoy the weird family reunion vibe, bumping into familiar faces I see at cons, former classmates, and coworkers. When the show calmed down further Sunday, I could hear the guy across from me playing 70’s prog on a boom-box. ??? by that point, I was pretty beat and gave in to it. (why does one’s table need a soundtrack?)
Notably, there were a few comic workshop groups at the show from various schools. There was SAW, led by Tom Hart. CCAD’s Art Post. Carol Tyler’s group from University of Cincinnati, a comics group from Oberlin College, and I think I even saw some folks from the Center for Cartoon Studies.
Being as I was under-the-weather, also meant having to skip out on a puppet show at Kafe Kerouac, which I’m told was awesome. Sad face. I’m taking it easy today before I have to go back to the day job tomorrow.
(tempting but I didn’t buy this.)
I am glad I didn’t skip taking the tub of original art. Sold a few pages at the show, including the cover drawing for Panel: Columbus. It made up for feeling like a schlub that I couldn’t produce a new comic for the show. My goal is to produce two new comics this year. Free Comic Book Day seems like it’s pushing it. Comfest might be a more reasonable target.
(the actual haul from the show)
(ugh, I look bloated in this shot. definitely getting a print of this.)
Thanks to everyone that came by the table, either to buy a print, original art, a comic and or just shoot the breeze. Viva la comix. See you next year!