March 16th, 2009
|12:01 pm - Bonnie's Back and Staple Stories to boot!|
Bonnie Update! Better late than never, and there'll still be another update this Friday!
Whew! Back from another weekend away. I'm really looking forward to some local fun for the next few weeks. But FIRST -- I wanted to post a few words about my Staple! experience. I was all about attending this gem of an indie con because it was located in Austin, which I fell in love with when I was there a couple years ago for a HOW conference. I could ignore the oppressive heat because I got to experience beautiful views, bats, incredible wine bars, which wiches, and the Austin nightlife (eventually the good kind, and not the crazy college football kind we initially experienced).
So the first thing to do was sucker Danielle Corsetto into doing a book signing with me at the fabulous BookWoman store (trust me, one visit and you'll wish you had something even close in your city!). Luckily - it worked! And we were super happy to be joined by another creator, Youme Landowne. Now, I wasn't expecting we would have to talk about our work, which at first was uber-intimidating, but it ended up going very well. I learned a ton about what other creators go through, and got some validation for continuing to make work (sometimes you need some encouragement, y'know?). After the talk I got to chat with some lovely Austin locals AND got to meet Rice Rice Baby, a new member of the Cherry Bombs team of the Texas Roller Derby league. Go TXRD!
After the signing I made Danielle escort me to the Austin Books & Comics pre-Staple party, and was blown away by the amazing selection they had there. I met a bunch of lovely people including Mr. Staple! himself, Chris, Randy Lander, and a bunch of other people I'm forgetting at the moment. Mostly I tried to distract myself from the zillions upon zillions of books I wanted to buy, and escaped only buying Scott Pilgrim #5 and a magazine with Joel McHale on the cover. Eventually, food was required, and Danielle and I hit up a Mexican restaurant with Will Rodriguez, his lovely wife and friend (feel free to remind me of your names, ack!) and discussed the problems with teenage pregnancy. What? That's what you do over margaritas, right?
The day of Staple! was a lot chiller and more fun than I could've imagined. The space at the Monarch Event Center was nicely lit, decorated with hanging strings of glass, and gave off this nice, airy vibe. For once I got a full table and managed to fill it up using the new tabling techniques I've learned under the tutelage of Table Design Master Tim Piotrowski. I was not anticipating how many people would come by, and stick around to chat and tell me awesome stories, and buy artwork galore! I was blown away by the fandom and support of comics and their respective peeps. Just a few shout-outs to some of the amazing people I got to meet: Samantha from Life's A Witch, Jimmy Ferry, Tron Delapp, the Busy Gamer peeps, Neil Brideau, Zach Taylor, Geoff Sebesta, Chris Ruggia ... so many to count! (Please hit me up if I forgot you!) I was also thrilled to meet another Cherry Bomb-er, Evilynn Carnit, who graciously chatted with me about all things roller derby. And a Derby Commentator, whose name I unfortunately don't remember (just that he has the nickname "English Muffin" by his derby girlfriend, ha!) was super and bought a bunch of derby sketches off of me. Sooo, the con was great and even though I barely ate or peed or left my table at all, totally worth it.
Post-Staple, I flocked with everyone else to the closest Korean restaurant, which turned out to have NO idea what to do when its restaurant was filled. Luckily I got to while away the time with Danielle, Chris Onstad, and Jeffrey Brown, as we traded awkward con stories and made bets on whose food we would get when. Hours and several plates of mysterious sushi later, we got to then wait in line to pay, individually, where the owner grumpily awaited us with his calculator. Then I got whisked away in a car with Randy Lander, Stan Sakai, and Dean Trippe off to the Live Art Show, which along with the company I was with, blew me away. Artists new and established lining up to delve into buckets of art supplies and do their thang in front of an engaged crowd was such a sight to see. By the time I got up there it was a bit nerve wracking (you couldn't exactly stop and say "hang on, I messed up, DO OVER!") but thrilling. I love hearing about different artist's processes, but watching them actually doing them in front of you was incredible. That night I also managed to meet Charles Soule, eat a gigantic piece of pizza, and spill my drink on myself several times. A.k.a, it was a blast.
In conclusion, I can't wait for the next one.
Awesome report Monica! I'm so glad that you had a good time. Reading this was just what I needed to perk up my Monday morning. :)
It was great to meet you, too! I'm just sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to you more. I totally flaked on the after party, I was so tired from sketching non-stop all day (which was, of course, my own damn fault).
But I was intrigued by the live art thing, even though it wasn't enough to get me off the hotel couch to go downtown. Did they have all the paper and paint and brushes and everything there for you?
Maybe I'll make it next year...
Yeah, that was a good time. We will probably do it again next year! I think that I shall "friend" you on the "livejournal," if that's alright with you.