Locust Moon, and NYCC this Weekend

I’m keeping pretty busy these days! This weekend I’ll make a brief appearance at the New York Comic Con. I’ll be signing copies of my book Drawing Comics Labs at the Quayside Publishing booth (# 2006) from 11:30-12:30 on Saturday. Stop by and say hi!

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Locust Moon offered it’s second annual comics festival on Saturday. I hadn’t heard much about this show, but a half table was pretty cheap ($50) and it’s a short trip from New York (a 2-hour bus ride, about $30 round trip). So I took the gamble, not expecting to make much money (which is how it turned out).

I was curious about the city, which I never properly visited. It turns out Philly has beauty and character in spades. Next time I’ll stay longer. I guess the trick is to think of these conventions not as money-making endeavors, but as vacations with a lot of busy work during the day. That busy work isn’t necessarily profitable, but it does leave you with a pile of cash at the end of the day, and that’s pretty convenient.

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The festival was held in the Rotunda, a beautiful (if somewhat haunting and decrepit) old church. I loved it! Unfortunately, it wasn’t air conditioned and the weather was downright balmy (in October, no less!) I saw a lot of sweaty customers and cartoonists. But everyone was friendly. Maybe Philadelphians are nice than New Yorkers.

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The amazing Sam Johns was my table helper. I never had a table helper before. Does this mean I’ve made it? I paid her in comics and SEPTA tokens. I may not be doing this right. Thanks, Sam!

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That’s me. On my left is my table neighbor, Vishavjit Singh and his wife of Sihktoons.

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My view of the ceiling.

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The scaffolding was a bit of an eyesore.

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Oh, hey, that’s Jim Steranko.

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Nice pipes.

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My obligatory photo of Box Brown.

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Farel Dalrymple. I think he’s Philadelphia’s native son. They sure do love him here!

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Will Lauren.

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Michael Kupperman.

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Pat Aulisio.

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Locust Moon Comics, the shop that put on the show. Pretty sharp!

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My haul.

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