So SPX was this weekend, maybe you heard. This was my first year going as I’d always felt that if you were a REAL cartoonist you had to go at least once. And now that I have spent over 16 hours in a car over the last three days I can safely say I feel more cartoonist-y. But enough about my feelings, here are my thoughts on SPX in list form since I don’t feel like organizing this into a nice, neat paragraph.
*SPX is packed, like really packed. I want you to imagine a room filled with everyone you have ever met in your life. Now triple that. Okay, you are now visualizing about half the number of people at SPX
*If you ask for an autograph you’re bound to get a free sketch too. And if you ask Simon Hanselmann for an autograph you’ll get a free sketch AND strands of hair from his wig.
*Speaking of which make it a point to go to a Simon Hanselmann signing. He’s as hilarious as your comics would lead you to believe and he’s also generous (and I’m not referring to that kiss Gary Groth got). He drew Megg, Mogg, Owl, AND Werewolf Jones in my book all while telling me about where he got his wedding dress.
*SPX is intimidating as you’re surrounded by some of the most talented cartoonists in the world. I won’t lie, I was convinced I wouldn’t have the nerves to talk to anyone let alone give them any of my comics. But it turns out the average cartoonist is pretty friendly and wants free comics. I didn’t get them into as many professionals hands as I’d like to have but there’s always next year.
*No matter how popular someone is you can probably get in and out of their line in about 10 minutes. As someone who’s used to Heroescon’s enormous signing lines I was quite pleased when I learned this.
*Let it be known that Michael Deforge has great nails
*Upon coming home I saw a small stack of unread mainstream comic books and thought to myself “Ugh, what good are you, anyway?”. I guess this is a good thing.
Pictured: THE HAUL.