The Baltimore Con was a nice time -- as we'd heard from others, it turned out to be a well-run and well-organized show that was all about comics. A lot like Heroes World in feel, folks and friendliness. The staffers and volunteers were super-nice, super-helpful and we met and spoke to a lot of nice folks who stopped by our booth to get books signed, chat, or pick things up. We signed a lot of books and had a lot of good conversations, and ran into a number of old friends and fellow professionals. As always, it was great catching up with Walt Simonson, as well as Matt Wagner who we always seem to get to see for about five minutes before he disappears from view for the weekend. We barely got to see Scott Allie , which was a goddam shame, as I'd been looking forward to speaking with him for months now. Scott had a hellish trip by car after his flight from Chicago to Baltimore was cancelled. Got to BS a bunch with Bob Fingerman, who I only see at comic shows these days because of my being a virtual hermit these past few years. We also got to catch up with Mark Coale, who graced us with some Lucha dvds, I got to say hello to folks like Cliff Chiang and Steve Lieber, and we did get to talk with the Fabulous Immonens several times. I mostly yammered at them about nothing in the least bit important or interesting. Because that's how I roll. Downhill. I do recall arguing with Stuart about the use of the terms "streetcar" and "trolley car", and that I prefer the latter because the former sounds like "prostitute car". And I will not have that.
We were bunked next to the great Stan Sakai, it was the first time we had met him and he is pretty friggin' awesome. He was doing Usagi Yojimbo sketches and at one point was coloring them in crayon and they were lovely. Cripes, he is good. I had forgotten to bring Emily's sketchbook, eegah. Maybe another time. I talked with him about Japanese yokai monsters and told him about the Kodansha bilingual editions of Princess Knight and Gegege No Kitaro which he was unaware of. And I watched him draw when things were slow. Cripes is he good!
We didn't knock 'em dead at the booth sales-wise, I don't blame the show for that. My own SLG books are old, even the "new" ones are old, now. We did okay with the Milk and Cheese collection, the first Dork trade, and things like Dork #11 and Biff Bam Pow, which a lot of people still haven't seen because of relatively low orders. The economy wasn't helping things any, I swear it seemed as if there were almost as many conversations cropping up at the booth about money and unemployment as there were about comics and cartoons. I've never been to a show where so many folks apologized for not buying anything, or buying more. I barely sold any art, if it wasn't for one generous reader/customer buying a few pieces, we would've had a disastrous show, business-wise. On the plus side, we had a great reaction from folks regarding Beasts of Burden, and we sold all the copies we had on hand, I could've used a bunch more. A few dealers on the floor had copies and at least one sold out, which we like to hear. Dark Horse Comics had Beasts of Burden promo posters available to give away (on the other side was a poster for Hellboy: 1947). I haven't seen a promo poster for a project of mine since...gee...1987, for Pirate Corp$!, from Eternity Comics. Oh -- wait, there was a weird Bill and Ted poster done for these special light boxes Marvel gave out or sold to shops back in 1991, I guess that counts. Anyway, that was cool. We also got a lot of questions regarding the SLG books, and when some of them might return. Also cool, I just wish I had a better answer than, "as soon as possible, I hope".
Anyway, a friendly show, great people, despite the slow sales we had a really good time and enjoyed the weekend. It was great seeing old friends, Sarah's brother Tim came to visit, we had a fantastic dinner with him and friends on Saturday and a lot of fun overall. Sarah and I found some cheap kid's comics for Emily, mostly Harveys and Chip and Dale, but Em piecked out a copy of Sugar and Spike for herself. On Monday we took her to the Maryland Zoo and we all really enjoyed it. Then a drive home, and a long, dead sleep. Our thanks to Marc Nathan and his wife and Chris and everyone at the con for having us out there and running such a cool comics show, and to all of you who stopped by the booth in support. All appreciated.
I will be a guest on Dan Vado's SLG Radio broadcast tomorrow, online at 5 pm EST. Folks are invited to listen and call in with any questions or comments. The link to listen to the show can be found at:
There will be a box on the top that lists the current show, you simply click on that and a new window opens with the player in it. The call-in # is (646) 378-0737.
I have no idea what we'll be bitching about but it should be...talkative. Or something.
As I said, our sales at the booth were a bit slow, and all the new pin-ups I did for the show came back home with us with their tails between their legs. So, since we just had our taxes done and the car inspection is this week (we already know we need one headlight replaced, as the current offender is held in by duct tape at the moment), we're putting five of the drawings up on e-bay in hopes of drumming up some sales. The art includes the four 6" by 9" b&w pin-ups I posted in my previous journal entry (Milk and Cheese, Georgina Riley from The Murder Family, Bad Dad and Son, The Shitty Witch and the Crappy Cat) along with a 9" by 12" color Milk and Cheese piece. All at reasonable starting prices. The auctions are here.
We also brought a new batch of H.O.F. M&C and Monster moleskine covers and bookmarks that Sarah made for the show, and we're offering the remaining items for sale from our site. You can see what's available for sale here.
As always, thanks for looking (and thanks to those of you who responded to our previous set of auctions).
BEASTS OF BURDEN #2
Beasts of Burden #2 ships next week, on the 21st of October. Editor Scott Allie has let Jill and I know that Dark Horse got their copies, so unless Diamond goofs or there's a monumental national disaster, copies will be on shelves next Wednesday. Get your three bucks ready for comic book time.
R.I.P. CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO
What more need be said?