CAKE Recap

If I were to recap CAKE in a just a few words, I’d say: good times, good comics, good people, poor sales. I didn’t make enough money to cover the plane ticket, but that’s my only complaint. The show was very well curated, and I went on a shopping spree!

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A friend of mine (I think it was Aaron Renier?) described comic conventions as family reunions that happen every six months. I was definitely feeling that. It was good to see some familiar face, including a few I hadn’t seen in a while (Jason Shiga, Nate Beaty, Alec Longstreth, Ben Catmull, etc.) It felt good, comfortable. It felt like home. More so than the Brooklyn shows (in my actual home) where I’m drowning in young beautiful comic hipsters. Nothing against young beautiful comic hipster, but I’m old and I know the old people.


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CCS pals: Beth Hetland, Penina Gal, Dakota McFadzean, Gabby Schultz (aka Ken Dahl)

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Cara Bean

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Aaron Renier, Jason Shiga, and Jacq Cohen

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More CCS pals: Laurel Leak, John Jacob Lee (I think?), April Malig, and Melanie Gillman

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Dave Nuss

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The Koyama sisters

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Glenn Ganges

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Chris Ware (!) and Laura Park

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Noah Van Sciver

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Yes, that’s Zak Sally in a dress.

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Also, Josh Bayer and Pat Aulisio

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Otto Splotch

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I had Key Lime pie with Josh Bayer, Box Brown, and Cody Pickrodt. It was nice to get to know those guys better.

At the Paper Rocket table, it was me and Jesse. On our left was the super talented Luke Howard. No kidding, check out his stuff. You’ll say, “woah, where’d this guy come form all of a sudden?” On our right was Kinoko, who was great company (and I really like her comics!)
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Check out this crazy page Jesse is working on. Insider tip: to get that special air brush technique, use spit!
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And, finally, I visited Quimby’s. What a store! Easily on the short list of best comic shops in America. You can now buy Lovf and Deep Girl there.
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CAKE this Weekend!

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Dennis and I will be in Chicago this weekend! It’s the closest we’ve been to a vacation in a long time. I’ll be at CAKE, he’ll be checking out the improv scene.

If you’re in the windy city, please stop by and say hi! Jesse Reklaw will be in attendance, and Lovf will be (as always) on sale. And Deep Girl, and new crafts. Get you Comics Code necklaces while they last!

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Last weekend I was at the Grand Comics Festival. It was a very tiny (think spacious railroad apartment) festival on Grand Street in Williamsburg. I was with my table-sistah Ellen Lindner, and we had a pretty good time! And my buddy Colleen Frakes traveled all the way from Seattle for the event! It was nice to catch up on old times.

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BCGF Recap

As ever, the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival was crowded, anxious, and good. I barely got away from my table, so I didn’t get to buy much stuff. There was a lot of good stuff. I’ll post more on that later.

The crowd spilled out to the sidewalk. People were just hanging out.

My view all day.

Rina Ayuyang, publisher and table mistress.

Tim Hensley, signing Ticket Stub (new from Yam Books!) Tim was one of the special guests of the show so many prestigious nerd boys came to pay homage. I hadn’t met him before. What a sweet guy!

The beautiful Lollygag, a collection of obsessive sketchbook pages from cartoonists you have probably heard of. This one is also from Yam Books.

Long Tail Kitty puppets (Lark Pien’s sister made them).


Relaxing afterwards with a friend of mine. I wore a pretty blue dress and people liked it.