My haul from the MoCCA Art Festival. I went to the show for a few hours and mostly walked around, since I didn’t have anything new to sell. It’s a very different experience, since I’m normally commerce is my main priority at such events. It was nice to be able to walk around, though I wasn’t as social as I would’ve liked. Oh well.
One unsettling thing was that a bunch of people I talked to commented on the fact that it had been a long time since I had put anything out. I wasn’t sure how to take this. On the one hand it’s, of course, nice that people even noticed, but it also felt kind of like telling someone “Wow, you’ve really put on a lot of weight, haven’t you?” or “Hair’s getting a little thin up top, huh?” (both of these are also true in my case). If I’m going to keep going to shows (I’m considering going to SPX) I really need to come up with a neat, simple way to handle this rather than babbling on about writer’s block, how I’ve started a new book, etc.
Here’s something I thought was interesting: I was talking to Pat Lewis, who put together the Our Broadcast Day mini-comic (to which I contributed a four-page Madmen story) and he mentioned that the show seemed to mostly be new people. This echoed the way I felt at SPX a few years back—it was like being in high school except most of the people you knew are gone and there’s a new batch of kids excited about entering comics. This is both inspiring and melancholic.