My friend Sarah and I just got back from wandering around SPX, the Small Press Expo, which is an independent comics convention. It’s focused on real paper comics, but I stopped by because there were a few webcomics represented there. We met Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content, David Malki of Wondermark, and Colleen of Fluff in Brooklyn. Jeph, Jeph’s gal Cristi, David, Colleen, Colleen’s pal Marianne, Sarah, and I all went out for dinner at a very nice Thai restaurant and had a lot of fun. David filled my car with a story about telling the difference between Garfield the cat and Garfield the 20th president (“the beard, not the whiskers”).

The expo was really cool. I hadn’t been to a convention before, and it seems this one is a good one to start out at. It was very grown-up, very nice and artsy and people tended not to have costumes or anything. Just a lot of hipsters hanging around with tables covered in absolutely breathtaking art. I picked up a copy of Two-Fisted Science, which I’d seen on BoingBoing, and blabbed at the author for a while.

I’m at Sarah’s place, about to crash, and I just turned my head to the right and there were a pair of EYES, set in the face of a strange cat sitting on the back of the couch, literally an inch, an inch and a half from my face, staring at me intently. I propose all animals with quiet feet and eyes above a certain level of creepiness be fitted with bells immediately.


54 thoughts on “SPX

  1. I was out there today as well, a friend of mine is self-publishing a comic and I was there for solidarity. Ended up seeing a lot of cool stuff and getting my copy of The Phantom Tollbooth autographed by Jules Feiffer. If you go again tomorrow, you should wear a large paper hat or something else distinctive so my wife and I can go all fanboy on you.

    Someone was selling t-shirts in the far corner that said “Science is my bitch.”

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  3. I saw that shirt! I tried to stand around to start a fight or something but he didn’t seem like he was looking for one.

    Sadly, I’ve gotta head out tomorrow morning, so I won’t be back. I will probably show up at some kind of more webcomicky convention at some point, as this one seemed like a lot of fun.

  4. It was the first comic conveniton of any sort that I’ve visited. It was kind of nifty, but I don’t know that I’ll become a regular attendee of such events. I might not have gone to this one except that I live in the area.

    One thing that I found to be really cool was how committed folks are to getting their work out there and recognized. I can’t help but think that there is a lot of brilliant work going unseen because people don’t take the next step.

    I’m tempted to buy the Science is my bitch shirt as a companion to the ‘it works, bitches’ shirt my wife owns. It would be bitchin’.

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  6. I think it speaks to the difference between you and I, Randy, that you are *more* comfortable in a room full of scads of hipsters than around a bunch of costumed geeks.

    ::shudders:: hipsters.

  7. Off-topic, and therefore illogical, but just wanted to let you know that your particular brew of romance, sarcasm, math and language is a source of perpetual delight to me, a total stranger. I don’t remember where I found xkcd (BB, maybe), but I realized today that Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are better days because they’re xkcd days.


  8. “…I don’t remember where I found xkcd (BB, maybe), but I realized today that Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are better days because they’re xkcd days.” -Robin

    Although I know where I found xkcd (my friend sent me a link), and there’s another comic I read on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I have to completely agree.

    I completely understand the cat thing. My computer used to be placed right next to a couch, and my two kittens would sit there, sometimes trying to step on my shoulder to get attention. Even now, one of the kittens decides she has to get my attention by clawing at the backs of my legs…it irritates me, really. If my room were bigger, I’d be really tempted to throw her across it, but I don’t want to hurt her…she’s a good cat, all things aside.

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  14. I can’t tell you how happy I am that you went to SPX b/c I found your card on one of the cluttered tables and have been enjoying your comic ever since .. even though I went to a liberal arts school :)

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  31. I was playing around with the audio feature.

    And instead of saying “I am” it says “I A-M”.

    It made me giggle.

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  33. I think it speaks to the difference between you and I, Randy, that you are *more* comfortable in a room full of scads of hipsters than around a bunch of costumed geeks.

  34. Why in the world is there so much porn on here?
    I clicked on about three of those and I’m in school!!

    If I get a detention, I’ll have to think of a pretty good excuse for how I get my porn bast web blocks. Math web comics?

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