So I had been meaning to write a little thank you note about TCAF this week, but kept forgetting. Maybe I was just waiting for a flattering photo of myself to pop up online? (This one is taken from Tom Spurgeon’s very thorough round-up of his time at the con.)
Thank you to everyone who came out and said hi and/or purchased any of my new books. Was really happy that Koyama Press had some preview copies of the new Lose there, even though it’s not officially dropping until June. I debuted both Lose #s 2 and 3 at past TCAFs, so it feels good to have that thing with me at my hometown show. And I hope everyone who bought a copy enjoys Very Casual.
I always appreciate Koyama Press consistently putting up with me being the flakiest dude to put behind a table. And thanks to Anne Koyama for everything, of course. Tom Kaczynski brought the Structures zine I made for him and he designed it and printed it beautifully. It’s nice to get a glimpse of what my books could look like if they were designed by someone who actually knew what they were doing, instead of, you know, me.
And it’s obviously nice to see, like, sixty of my friends all descend upon the city all at once, even though there were plenty of people I wish I could have spoken to more. Karaoke with Ryan Sands, his gf, Seibei, the D+Q crew, Lisa Hanawalt, Ryan Dodgson, Paul Pope, Tom Spurgeon and many others was a surreal high point. I never want to not sit next to Michael Comeau during a Doug Wright Awards ceremony. I was too nervous to introduce myself to Bill Amend, Scott Thompson, Gengoroh Tagame.
Frontier #1 was my “book of the show” or whatever people say. American Mainstream by Ben Urkowitz, Strawberries by Mia Shwartz, New Comics by Patrick Kyle, Paranoid Apartment by Lala Albert and Inflated Head Zone by Zach Hazard are all purchases/trades I’ve enjoyed so far. I picked up a lot more that I’m looking forward to reading.
Anyway! I had a good time. Thanks to TCAF and the Beguiling staff for always knocking it out of the park. See you all at Oslo Comics Fest/CAKE.