|Emily Carroll provided one of the posters for the event.|
I know, this may come as a surprise, even a shock to you. I am, after all, writing for blog focusing on independent comics - an opportunity afforded to me thanks to my own blog, which is (spoiler alert) all about comics. I’ve been reading comics all my life, I’ve explored a huge and diverse spectrum and I’ve participated in many groups and forums dedicated to the medium (and even started my own). I want to work in comics in any way that I can (the how doesn’t really matter, let’s be honest here), and never before have I felt so validated, so affirmed that what I want to do is the right choice for me.
|Registration Table on Sunday afternoon - It was packed Saturday.|
Comic conventions tend to be populated by people who love comic characters, or publishing houses. In contrast, at SPX I found myself surrounded by people brought together by a love for comics as a whole. Replacing the odor of nerd was an air of support and inspiration. This wasn’t a con in the traditional sense – where you go to geek out and spend way too much money (though that totally happened), rather it was a place you went because you loved comics, because comics are a huge part of your life, and everyone loves you for it.
|Tumblr meet up Sunday morning.|
|Hanging out with Alec Longstreth.|
|David Bowie by Sam Alden.|
For this event, I had decided to print my own comics. I had only done a couple of short stories before, but never made physical copies of them. It was a delight to realize that I was able to give away all fifty of the books I had brought. Several of which I traded for minis from other creators, some were given to creators I admired, and a decent number were traded for quick drawings of David Bowie in my little sketch journal (which will slowly make their way to the internet). I was astounded at how incredibly nice every person I spoke with was – especially when I asked them to draw me a little Bowie. Perhaps it is just the intense for Bowie that seems to exist in this community, but I think it has much more to do with how accepting and excited about comics we are. Just about every creator I spoke with was genuinely excited to be there, not only because it is such a great event, but a great place, with great people, doing great things.