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[Oct. 15th, 2007|11:17 am]
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SPX was great!

We drove down on Friday morning, had a VERY solid day enhanced by a near-perfect table location, and celebrated with some tasty Italian food with a huge table of good company that night. Having access to a car made the more spread-out area of Bethesda the con is now held in easy to enjoy, although I need to apologize for making Dean cut across 4 lanes of traffic behind me to make a U-turn. We all survived the trip and were rewarded with garlic bread topped with extra garlic topping. Genius.

Our hotel situation was a little unfortunate. We only had one bed in the room, and the front desk people told us there were no more cots. We managed to appeal to the maids, especially after we discovered that the bed we did have did not have clean sheets on it. Don't ask me to explain, it was really gross. Anyway, they found us a cot, and gave us 2,000 mattress pads to make an extra palette on the floor. And all was well.

Saturday was also an amazingly solid day, although we somehow thought the show started at 11, and not 10, and therefore got there really late. But it didn't matter because we really rocked out. So many friends, new and old, came by and said hi, traded comics and stories, and talked shop about our glorious industry. The weather outside was really brilliant, so the day also included a trip around the block for vegetarian Chinese food (mmm!) and mediterranean wraps from the kabob place(mmmmm!).

Our dinner Saturday is best left undiscussed. Do not eat at On the Border. It has no redeeming qualitites save for the tortilla chips, and that does not make a very good dinner.

Afterwards we found the after-Ignatz party, and caught up with a lot of folks we hadn't seen during the course of the show. There was a chocolate fondue fountain, and ample sweet things to eat. I was feeling tired and overwhelmed, and didn't want to go on the giant karaoke expedition everyone kept talking about. Sorry, guys--it sounds like it was a blast. Maybe next time!

Sunday morning, after a breakfast meeting, I spoke on my panel about cartoonists working with book publishers. It was really enlightening! I was amazed at how many people dragged themselves out of bed for it, but grateful. My co-panelists were very well-spoken and interesting. I wish I could have stuck around longer to chat with everyone after, but we had a road to get on.

The drive back took a little longer than it should have because of a couple of traffic jams and extra bathroom breaks (no more tea for me before road trips), but it was pleasant and fun and I always enjoy the conversations we have post-con. The weather held out and afforded us some lovely late-afternoon shadows and cloud formations, and driving into the city at sunset was really spectacular. John and Marion stuck around for dinner with Dave and I in Astoria before returning John's dad's van to Long Island, and it was a nice way to end the weekend.

No photos, because my camera is in the shop. I've kept this short because I have 8 million tons of work to do, and need to go get to it.

Viva la SPX.
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[User Picture]From: mckenzee
2007-10-15 03:51 pm (UTC)

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Hey, it was great briefly meeting you! I'll have the sketch you did of me in my kilt up on LJ soon.
[User Picture]From: goraina
2007-10-15 05:28 pm (UTC)

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Likewise! :D
[User Picture]From: pigeonrat
2007-10-15 04:10 pm (UTC)

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It was nice to meet you! I just remembered something I meant to ask you but forgot: I saw that you were selling Harry and the Potters CDs (which I love) at the Comics Bakery table. Do you have some kind of connection to Harry and the Potters?
[User Picture]From: crypticpress
2007-10-15 04:50 pm (UTC)

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Dave has illustrated a few of their album covers and I designed one of their shirts. We're huge fans of them ourselves!
[User Picture]From: goraina
2007-10-15 05:27 pm (UTC)

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What John said! My husband is really good friends with the guys in the band and has done a lot of artwork for them.

They're both BSC graphic novel fans, too. ;)

Sarah it was nice meeting you, too! Thanks so much for coming!
[User Picture]From: mildmannered
2007-10-15 04:28 pm (UTC)

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hey! I'm sorry I missed your panel -- some local friends asked me to brunch at the last minute. I'm sure you were amazing.

I'm so glad I don't have to work today....
[User Picture]From: goraina
2007-10-15 05:26 pm (UTC)

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That's all right. As long as you made it home okay! :D
[User Picture]From: tanukitsune
2007-10-15 04:48 pm (UTC)

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Every time I hear a con report I wish I lived in the US...

I'm glad you had fun! And I can't wait to see the photos! X3
[User Picture]From: goraina
2007-10-15 05:12 pm (UTC)

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Oh, well we didn't take any. Our camera broke a couple weeks ago, so I sent it off to Canon to be repaired.

Lots of other people took nice pictures, though. :)
[User Picture]From: tanukitsune
2007-10-15 05:22 pm (UTC)

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Oh, when you said the camera was in the shop I didn't know you meant it was been repaired...

I've already seen for some other N.Y. friends, and I hope to seem more soon! X3

Is SPX bigger or smaller than MoCCA?
[User Picture]From: goraina
2007-10-15 05:25 pm (UTC)

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I think it's a LITTLE bit smaller, but it still feels pretty big. The vibe is very similar, lots of cool indie people in one place and TONS of amazing self-published work! Everyone's very friendly.

SPX has a small-town-everyone's-in-one-place atmosphere, though, and MoCCA's in the middle of NYC. That's the main difference.
[User Picture]From: sneakymonkey
2007-10-17 03:05 pm (UTC)

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I miss the days when I could just hop on the Chinatown bus and head to DC for SPX... (Austin's too damn far.)

Any chance you kids are going to make STAPLE (3/1/08) this coming year?
[User Picture]From: goraina
2007-10-17 03:17 pm (UTC)

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Probably not. :( Big deadline April 1, so the month leading up to that will probably be too much insanity.
[User Picture]From: ztoical
2007-10-15 05:23 pm (UTC)

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good to see you guys at another great con - dang everyone has con reports up already and I'm only heading to the airport for my 9 hour flight now bah
[User Picture]From: librarybrandy
2007-10-15 05:51 pm (UTC)

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Man, I wish we'd thought of the lots-of-mattress-pads solution! We just got an extra comforter and made do.

I'm sorry we didn't get to see more of you guys this time, since we were in a pretty big group ourselves. Maybe next year!
[User Picture]From: 9mmed
2007-10-15 06:33 pm (UTC)

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Hey! It was so great to see you guys at the show, although it seemd all too brief. We were always in some opposite place than you guys. It's not you, it's us. :(

we also got turned down for cots, but Nathan elected to sleep in a chair. I tried to dissuade him, but no go.

In regards to photos, I'll be posting mine as soon as I can, but until then there is a great depot on Flicker here!

http://flickr.com/groups/spx/

It needs more pics from any year, and I'll post my old ones too in time.
[User Picture]From: heroprotagonist
2007-10-15 08:37 pm (UTC)

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It was nice seeing you guys, even if for only a few minutes! Your table location really was ACES!
[User Picture]From: nathansketches
2007-10-16 05:25 am (UTC)

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Hey, it was great to see You, Dave, John and Marion again! Good people, Good times.