In my efforts to expand my horizons of exhibiting in different places, I'm going to be in Book Con! It's Saturday May 31st, from 9am-3pm at the Javits Center. This is a huge event for the literary world: "BookCon is an immersive experience that features interactive, forward thinking content including Q+A’s with the hottest talent, autographing sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, literary quiz shows and so much more." From Amy Poehler to Grumpy Cat, there's going to be a ton of famous people there!
A few months ago I began receiving emails about this event from ReedPop (who runs New York Comic Con) and dismissed it, thinking "oh that's a literary event... like prose novels, not comics." But I did recommend the event to some friends in the publishing industry. The more I talked about it though, I thought.... why not? So just for the hell of it I sent the peeps at Book Con a link to my site and asked if I'd fit in to exhibit there...
And they loved my work! Awesome! But the difference with this convention is they aren't having an artist alley.... they only had super expensive booths for like $650 bottom price. My first thought was "oh.... that's not gonna happen." But once again, some little inkling was telling me - why not? I'd gotten 10 people to help me with the Bridal Expo, surely I can get 5 people to split this booth. $100 per person is pretty reasonable for an event at the Javits run by ReedPop, which brings in tons of people. So I sent a zillion emails. First I contacted people I bought zines from at the Brooklyn Zine Fest, thinking they're closer to prose than other cartoonists. In the end, my team consists of mostly cartoonists! Alitha Martinez (who I exhibited with at Wizard World), Todd Matthy (writer of Wicked Game, a comic I lettered), Amy Chu, and Joseph Carlough (met at BK Zine Fest). Together with the magic of Paypal, we actually got a booth! Come see us at booth 3151 !!!
For more info go to www.thebookcon.com
I have major events and conventions every weekend until July, with the 2nd half of June being booked solid with travel both for fun and work. Freaking out. But it's good to have a lot going on....!!