Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Return from MoCCA (NYC)

Back from MoCCA! Interesting times. I sold 12 or 15 mini-comics… I think…. Where’s my scraps of paper with talley marks?

So -- MoCCA: where the entire indie graphic novel section of the Boston Public Library comes to life. I saw/said hello to a bunch of webcomic and indie comics people, including the Bluesman guy, Hope Larson, Jason, Raina Telgemeier…

Also, I ended up asking the guy who draws Dr. McNinja for three sketched autographs. He looked sort of patiently annoyed by the time he had to draw the third one. Maybe because I had confessed I didn’t really know who he was, but that I had cousins who enjoyed reading his webcomics and I would like autographs for them.

Also I hung out with interesting people. (Does Spike have a last name?) Lychee for all.

Besides selling my mini-comics at the Boston Comics Roundtable booths, I went around trading my mini-comics with other people’s mini-comics. That was really fun! It was also fun to talk to people who bought my comics. Also fun to just talk to random people, who had puppets for sale, or albatross plushies on their head, or who were hanging out outside during the fire alarms.

Speaking of which, NYC was really, really humid and hot and smelly. It reminded me of when I was working on film sets last summer, and it was kind of nostalgic. For a few minutes.

(And then it was just hot and humid and smelly.)

And now, a note about M&M’s and selling comic books…..

M&M’s are how I ended up saying hello to Hope Larson. This may have been because her bowl of M&M’s were deceptively flavored; “Dark Cherry” or something. I took a candy, bit into it, and I guess I involuntarily made a face of shock, because Hope Larson quickly explained how the M&M’s were a strange flavor. (And then I looked at the books on the table and asked if she was Hope Larson, etc etc)

So the next day, I bought a bunch of (run-of-the-mill chocolate) M&M’s myself. I put them out in bowls along the Boston Comics Roundtable booths, thinking they might attract people. Like birds come to eat peanut butter and orange slices and sunflower seeds. I don’t know if the M&M’s attracted any birds or humans, but the Boston Comics people enjoyed snacking on the M&M’s.

Oh, and apparently, Scott Campbell was there and I didn’t know! I missed a chance to give him my cartoon about Psychonauts. (Lessons for future comic shows: check exhibitor list.)

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