Despite my awful hangover from the wedding the night before, Canzine was awesome! I met a bunch of super nice people and got to sell a whole pile of comics and prints. It felt awesome to see people actually looking through these things.
I had a bunch of really awesome people say a lot of really nice things about them, too! A few people said that they had seen my work online before (including Anne Koyama which blew my mind because I have so much respect for what she does) which surprised me a bit. It’s funny that you get this really small core group of people reading your blog that actually leave comments… then this whole other group of lurkers that you don’t even know exist. It’s almost creepy.
I didn’t get as much of a chance to walk around and actually look at many other zines but I did manage to pick up a couple of really good ones. The first is from the guys that were sitting at the table right beside me called Deep Madder. It’s mostly filled with stories about sadness and isolation or random musings about whatever. It’s really good though, I relate to the content far more than I wish I did. They even had a testimonial from Jeffrey Brown telling them not to be sad. Another is a Zine called Kissoff, which is composed of short autobiographic stories. Some of the best short stories I’ve read in a while. The last that I picked up was Vicki Nerino’s Sock Puppets & Stool Pigeons, which I wanted to buy at TCAF, but could only buy so much. If you’re familiar with Vicki’s work than you know to expect something weird and fucked up, which this is, but this one is somehow adorable at the same time. Probably my favorite comic I’ve seen of hers.
Anyways, I can’t wait for TCAF. I’m really, really hoping to land a table.