Tiny Report / Paper Rocket Tour

SPRINGTOURLast weekend I looked at my calendar and FREAKED OUT, because I had gone overboard applying for festivals and committing to events. I had accidentally committed to six comics events over the next seven weeks. When I complained on Facebook, Box Brown pointed out that what I actually had done was booked a tour! So here’s the Tiny Report / Paper Rocket Accidental Spring Tour 2015.

March 28-29: RIPE in Providence, RI
Micro-Press and distro panel at 1pm on the 29th

April 5: KGB Comix Night in New York, NY

April 11-12: MoCCA Fest in New York, NY

April 20-21: CCS class visit in White River Jct, VT
Lectures with students about micro-publishing and editing

April 26: Brooklyn Zine Fest in Brooklyn, NY

May 9-10: TCAF in Toronto, Ontario

Hope to see you there! Please bring me words of encouragement and snacks. It’s going to be an intense month and a half.

CAB Recap

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For me, CAB was a prefect show. The line-up was 100% quality, not a stinker in the house. And people were actually spending money! Add to the equation that it’s a local show (no travel, no lodging, no hassle). The room was filled with friendly people and good vibes. It was an intense day and I had a blast. I barely left the table, but that’s ok.

  

 

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My table.

 

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My crew.

 

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My haul.

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.

Locust Moon and Brooklyn Book Fest

This Saturday I’m taking a day trip to Philadelphia for the Locust Moon Comics Festival. I’m not sure what to expect. I’ve never been to this show and I don’t know the city at all. The one day I spent in Philly I never left Pat Aulisio’s garage (for the comics kegger this summer). But I’m curious about the city and up for an experience. Plus, I quite like the Philly folks I’ve met and I’m interested in the work they’re making. So, here I go!

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Last weekend I gave a workshop at The Brooklyn Book Festival. My buddy Ellen Lindner was my wing-lady (she took these lovely photos too). Thanks, Ellen!

We showed a group of kids (and a few parents) how to make a foldy comic. Much thanks to Jon Chad and Kenan Rubenstein, who first introduced me to the form. Kenan created the exercise in my book, visit his site to learn more.

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SPX 2013 Report

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I feel good about SPX. This time last year, I was having a bummer time at SPX. But in 2013, Paper Rocket has three new books out. I’m feeling good. This might have been the most productive year of my life.

Sales weren’t great though. My con sales haven’t been for the last two or three years. This experience may be limited to me, but I doubt it. There are a lot of new publishers out there, but I’m not sure our audience has grown with us. With all this competition, it’s no longer easy to sell 30-40 books at a con, even when debuting a new title.

Unfortunately, the price of exhibiting has only gone up. None of this exceedingly troubling, as this game has never been lucrative. But it’s something to think about (I’d welcome any insight on the subject).

Regardless, I had a great time and was happy to see my cartooning cousins. And, I got to spend some time with Paper Rocket’s newest author, Gretta Johnson. Even though I just published Gretta’s first comic book, Star Fruit, I had only met her once, briefly. For all I knew, she’s a psychopath who can draw very well. I’m happy to report she is an awesome lady, totally not a psychopath. I had a lot of fun hanging out with her.

I’m back in New York, and I’ll be sending out the Kickstarter rewards this week. Star Fruit will be taking the world by storm.

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The Paper Rocket/Desert Island table (I sold some books for Gabe at the show). The Kate Beaton book sold out pdq.

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I helped Alec Longstreth and Josh Bayer with the CCS/SAW workshop.

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Gretta, Jesse, and Hazel.

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My haul. There was so much good stuff I missed!

SPX This Weekend!

This weekend I’ll be making my annual trek to Bethesda for the Small Press Expo. I’ll be sharing my table with my new roommates (!) Jesse Reklaw and Hazel Newlevant. Paper  Rocket’s newest author, Gretta Johnson, will also be joining us. Her book, Star Fruit, is debuting at the show. Kickstarter backers can pick up their copy right at the table! Speaking of Kickstarter, it’s not to late to back our Kickstarter campaign!

Look for Paper Rocket at table A12! I’ll also be selling a select number of Desert Island publications.

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Star Fruit just arrived from the printer, and I think it looks lovely. So does Lulu! Copies will be available for order on the website after this weekend.

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