Pep Talk number 8!
Also, I went to #SPX this weekend, and it was nice. I got a special Ignatz nominee badge and a balloon(!) and these great stickers to put on my book.
I did not win (Congrats to Sophie Goldstein, Cathy G Johnson, and the other winners!) but I was thrilled to be nominated. It’s great to see my extended comics family, and meet some new folks. I sat with Meg Gandy, who did an amazing job of selling my book to strangers, since I was having trouble distilling pseudo-science-fiction short story about fictional sub-class of construction workers and personal family dynamics in a tumultuous economy into a good elevator pitch.
That said, I did not sell nearly as many books as I hoped I might, with the nomination and the balloon and all. I know it’s largely me being a bad hype-man for my work, but it was hard not to feel like the room was too big for random mini-comics that didn’t already have some kind of buzz or following. Sounds like fellow Philadelphia comicer Pat Aulisio felt that way. It’s amazing to sell books to new people and have them discover your work at a table at SPX, but I’m not sure I wouldn’t be better served just wandering the room. At least half the books I sold were to people I already knew, and I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself to many of the people I wish I had because I felt like I had to be at my table, ready to sell the books. I traded for books with some great people (Anuj Shrestha, Lucy Bellwood), and I could have done that without a table. Of course, I only got a space because Jared couldn’t make it since his wife was busy almost having a baby, so maybe if my name was on the map with that little Ignatz box around it, I would’ve felt differently. I also brought some screen prints that I thought in the past would’ve been a moneymaker, and they might as well have been invisible this year. Though, maybe that’s because they were next to Jen Tong’s screen prints…. While I’m shouting people out, seeing Rob Ullman and J Chris Campbell and Sam Sharpe and Neil Brideau and Kevin Czap are part of what make it the most fun show.
Now my Ignatz Balloon is staring at me, so I have to go make more comics.