My first ZineFest is over and it went pretty well. Thanks for coming by, people of the internet! One of you told me: “Oh, you’re the one who does Yellow Zine, I didn’t realize you’re such a normal person.”
But enough about mememe, here’s a quick report of stuff purchased. First of all, Lone Pine by Jed McGowan, published by AdHouse. A beautiful book that I’m going to read slowly one cozy evening next week. Jed also has a great story (almost) next to mine in Anthology Project v2. Then I got some fantastic funnies from Andy Ristano and showed him my silly Adventure Time fanart. He’s the greatest. There was a table with lots of lovely Korean zines and I could only afford one of them, The Magic Child. Finally got my hands on Root Rot from Koyama Press which is as wonderful as everything the good lady publishes. A couple of new comics from Aaron K, hilarious and disturbing. Traded some zines with Mari Naomi & Susie Cagle (whose comics are getting better & better). Malachi Ward’s work is consistently good and his Sweet Dreams/Top Five is no exception, plus very clever coloring and design. V honored to be in the next Nobrow magazine with him. I also bought an odd Japanese nanocomic, I can’t read it, but it seems to be about dogs and penises. The new Papercutter is glorious, stories drawn by Calvin Wong, Hellen Jo & Vanessa Davis are particularly good. I finally met Ryan Sands, who is charming as hell and got an autograph from the amazing Matt Furie. And I was given an issue of Hyphen magazine with a dashing endpage by Louie Chin. Thanks to everyone who took their time to talk to me &/or look at my stuff, can’t wait for APE to be among cartoonists again.
The photo above is by Chris Anthony Diaz who takes great pictures and has the most refined taste in funnybooks.