What a month!
Free Comic Book Day was on Sat May 1st. I know it has been awhile, but it was so much fun, I feel that I have to mention it. Very big thanks go to Mark and Carly, both of whom helped me a lot by manning (or womanning, in Carly’s case) the counter so I didn’t have to worry about it. We actually almost ran out of comics twice, and Craig had to do emergency runs from Division with more. And when it came time for the 501st guys, the area around my store became a sea of people. Next year I will have to implement some kind of crowd control scheme, because it was insane. It was so much fun though. I always love these social events, which is so weird. Usually I’m a complete hermit, but Free Comic Book Day and the local Comicon are just about my favorite days of the year.
Speaking of which, we also went to Spokane Comicon and had a table. Craig and I sold a ton of shirts and a sadly much smaller number of DVDs. I got to see a lot of people that I don’t usually get to, and I had the best time. I even got to talk to the very nice John Layman and have my copy of Chew #1 (2nd printing) signed. I got into a conversation with him and Rotten creator Mark Rahnor about retail marketing. It was kind of surreal, because these guys are well-respected creative types, and they were listening intently and taking me seriously. I will have to do a special on retail and marketing for self published creators. It seems like after all these years in retail there is a lot of stuff that seems like common sense to me, but that the actual people that make the books don’t think about. Small things like book dimensions can make the difference between stores carrying your book and letting it go. If your book isn’t in the store, it can’t sell. We’ll have to revisit this.
Ooh, one more picture from Comicon. Both of these images are via the Sasquad Comic Book Club. A lot of the Sasquad folks are regulars of mine and they are all great. One of them managed to get a picture of Eric (my husband) and his creative partner Manny at their table. This year they were selling their books and their brand new poster prints. Look how cute they are. I’m going to get in trouble for this.
Finally I am reviewing a book in this week’s podcast. I had the pleasure to read Library Wars Vol 01 with art and story by Kiiro Yumi, taken from an original story by Hiro Arikawa. This was a pretty big step away from what I normally read, manga-wise, but it was so very enjoyable. Library Wars tells the story of Iku Kasahara and her Library Task Force training. The LTF exists to protect books and peoples right to read them from the forces of a fascist-sliding future Japanese government. The government forces have been going into bookstores and pulling “objectionable” titles off the shelves and then burning them.
It’s sort an prequel to Farenheit 451, only with angsty romance. Iku is a tough, smart girl who was inspired by the kind bravery of a mysterious LTF agent. When she was young, a government official tried to take away her book, and this heroic agent saved it for her. But who was he? And why is her drill sergeant so hard on her? I love everything about this, and I will be pre-ordering the 2nd one.
Yay! so much good stuff. Now I have to run away. I have 2 friends with babies on the way, and I’m running out of time to knit.
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