We’re too tuckered out for a long post for now, but here are a few tidbits to tide you over:
§ Tom Neely nicely captured the culture clash between a fancy ministry charity on Saturday and a beauty pageant (with impeccably eyebrowed women selling tanning oil and bras outside) with the indie cartooner conclave next door.
§ This fellow is not really a comics blogger, so his list of 10 Things I Learned at the 2009 Small Press Expo is more about self-help. Interesting take.
Different price points provide fans with different opportunities to support you. Dedicated fans are happy to pay $20 or more for your work. People who’ve never heard of you (but like what they see) would prefer to pay less. And products under $5 let people take a chance on your work without incurring much risk, or to support you fiscally even if they’re not your biggest fans artistically.
Be personable. I realize that people who create comics for a living are trained to express themselves non-verbally, but events like this are a showcase of talent and personality. As interested as I am in your work, I’d rather talk to you for thirty seconds than watch you ink a page of your next issue. I can always buy that issue later; I can’t talk to you again until next year. (I know, I know: “There’s a thing called the Internet.” But it’s not the same.)
§ We’re very tired right now, but thanks to travel mates Jah Furry, Josh Neufeld and Brian Heater; and Dustin Harbin and Greg Bennett for the whiskey; and the whole SPX committee for putting on another smooth, fun show.