Another SPX has come and gone. This was my third (second as an exhibitor) and each year it has proved itself to be a class act amongst indy-comics events. This year’s guest list was star-studded, the caliber of exhibitors was expectantly high, and attendees proved to be friendly, eager, and well informed.
In spite of all these positives, I failed to adequately document the event in photographs, but with no intent of blogging about it without supplementary images, I’ve opted to substitute in other photos from my trip. So, without further delay, SPX in pictures!
Washington DC, as seen from the plane.
Exhibiting at a large event at SPX can be exhausting and lonely if you don’t have a constituency of good table mates. Thankfully I’ve managed to align myself with a steadfast crew of fellow artists as genial as they are talented. Taking his regular position by by side was Josh Shalek, making his first attempt (successfully, I might add) to familiarize the greater DC area with his line of publications, including this year’s releases “Falling Rock National Park 2012″ and “Tomb of the Zombies.” A table away were Kenan Rubenstein proudly displaying his long awaited effort “Last Train to Old Town” and Neil Brideau stepping up his game with “The Plot 2: Your Curiosity Will Get You Killed.”
Clockwise from the top: Neil Brideau, Josh Shalek, Kenan Rubenstein, and myself.
The four of us reside in three different cities in three different time zones, so events like SPX are often the only time we manage to connect. I’m glad to say that we made the most of out time. We shared several meals, had some good conversations, and spent a considerable amount of time waiting for/riding the metro.
Kenan (left) and Josh (right) discuss politics. It may not seem like it, but they agree more than they disagree. There’s no way around it, though, drone strikes are a divisive issue.
This was my fifth convention of the year, and the fourth I had to travel out of state for. When you do enough of these you start running into the same folks again and again. Meeting the people behind the art is one of the best parts of attending such an event, and it’s especially satisfying when their personalities and their work are of equally high caliber. SPX marked my third, fourth, or even fifth time this year exhibiting at the same event as some of such artists, though the pleasure is never diminished.
Tom Neely, Nate Powell, and Vincent Stall. Good dudes, great artists.
While the aforementioned guest list was highlighted many talented illustrators, aside from a shaking hands with Jaime Hernandez at the Ignatz party, I made no meaningful contact with the headliners. Josh ran into Chris Ware in the exhibit hall, but he too felt the encounter was marginal at best. Its hard not to feel dwarfed by such monumental guests. What can you really say to them? Admiration from afar seems to be the best course of action. Here are some of SPX 2012′s top attractions.
Gilbert Hernandez (upper left), Jaime Hernandez (lower right), Francoise Mouly (upper right).
Chris Ware (above), as seen talking with Josh Shalek (below).
In closing this SPX was one of my best, and most memorable shows to date. I saw many friends, and made many more. My convention year is nearly over, and I can’t wait to do SPX again, but for now I’m just happy to be back in Portland’s loving arms.
Life just feel so much less complex in Portland.