Saturday, traditionally the more heavily attended of the two days of SPX, lived up to that reputation and more today with pretty much everyone I talked to reporting really strong sales and a few folks going as far as to say that this has been the strongest SPX so far. I’d agree with that as well. Given that I had essentially nothing new (other than some freebie promotional stuff for the upcoming Midnight Sun graphic novel), I had amazingly good sales for the day. I had on hand way more copies of my old 2002 SLG book Farewell, Georgia, than I would normally have brought to an SPX—around 30 copies—and sold every one of them by about 5:30 today. My minicomcs sales weren’t as strong as past years, but as mentioned I didn’t have much new, and the competition for good minis at SPX is getting pretty stiff these days. With my table space clearer than usual, I even threw some original pages up and managed to sell one of those as well. A great day, all in all. So, despite my previous grousing about the new location, it’s looking like SPX is firmly established and prospering.
Having actually made a bit of change this go round, I was able to hit the floor and shop for stuff without financial guilt. Here’s a few of the items I picked up:
Shithole by Corine Mucha – Corine gave me a mini at my table last year called maybe Bugs (?) and I really enjoyed it, so when I saw her on the Ignatz ballot for Outstanding Debut, I made a point to track her latest down.
Tub Flub by Brad McGinty – I’m always shamed by the fact that Brad and I are at the same events pretty much every year and–while I often show up empty handed–he always has something new. Always.
Monsters by Ken Dahl – This was a bit of a buzz book from last year’s show, and issue two was out for this year’s show and looked fantastic, but I figured I’d start with issue one. All the CCS stuff looked really good as usual and I would have bought more stuff except that I just ordered a bunch of minis from them online a couple of weeks ago.
Monkey and the Crab by Shawn Cheng and Sara Edward-Corbett – This book was nominated for best mini I think, and it looks really nice. It was a bit pricey at $8.00, but it’s hand bound with purple string in some kinda crazy-ass cat’s cradle stitching, so I coughed up the bread on “art object” grounds.
Carl is the Awesome: Carl’s Large Story!!! by Marcos Perez – It’s true, you know: Carl IS the awesome. There was also a hardbound collection of the first bunch of Carl minis available that I would have bought if I didn’t already have them all in their original form.
Zig Zag #2 by J. Chris Campbell – Chris’s stuff is always amazing and I’m sure this is no exception. The “smiley/frowny” face endpapers are worth the cover price alone.
Portraits, Vol I: Authors of Adventure Literature by Chris Schweizer – I’m a sucker for these sort of “illustrated list” minis (and make them myself occasionally) and this one looks beautiful. Chris has a pirate book coming out soon from Oni that looks fantastic as well.
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The Ignatz awards are getting underway downstairs as I type this, so I’ll probably wander down to that crazy “United Nations” room where they’re held to root for my faves. This year I voted a Ted Stearn straight ticket. Go, Ted!