Lynn and I had a great time at the Pekar Park Comics Fest yesterday! We sold a lot of books, and met a lot of great people! The show was a great success, very heartening after the pandemic we’ve all been through. There must have been at least 30 exhibitors, and the crowd of hip passers-by on Coventry Road really kept them busy. As I’ve said elsewhere, the best part was that practically everybody knew who Harvey Pekar was!
Folks– It took some doing, but I got a listing for Emperor Tom on Amazon! This includes the option of reading the book online via Kindle, or purchasing a print-on-demand version of the book. The Kindle version includes the Guided View feature, which I think is pretty cool! The print-on-demand book is a somewhat different format than the Mixam press run I did earlier this year, and a bit more expensive, unfortunately. But it was a good experience, and the listing is 100% free!
After the Kindle Select period expires in December, I will submit the book to Comixology; keeping my fingers crossed about that!
I may be one of the last ones to memorialize the 20th annual Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) that took place in Columbus last weekend. I returned with a bad case of “convention throat”, and have been flat on my back for the better part of the week!
But what a fantastic event! I was at the first SPACE about 20 years ago, and this year the event is so much larger and with a fantastic amount of energy. It was really great to catch up with old friends Bruce Chrislip, Mike Neno, Max Ink and Matt Feazell (all of whom were at the first SPACE). It was also cool to catch up with many new creators, such as Flor De Canela, Brian Canini, Terence Hanley, Tim Fuller, Ian Shires, Daniel Miles, Caleb Thusat, Allison Richmond-Leeth, Jess Ann Artz and Craig Lindsley.
The biggest thrill of the show was a panel I took part in with Bruce. Part one of the panel was about the comix scene back in old Youngstown, and part two was about American Splendor and Harvey Pekar. I really enjoyed talking about American Splendor in the panel and for the rest of the show; the interest in Havey’s work is greater than ever, it seems.
Big thanks to Bob Corby for his great dedication in putting on this wonderful show!