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Monthly Archives: September 2012
Lulu’s. 113 Franklin St., at Greenpoint Avenue, in Greenpoint (718) 383-6000, http://www.lulusbrooklyn.com. G train to Greenpoint Ave. Open Mon–Fri, 3 pm–4 am; Sat, Sun, 2 pm–4 am. Free pizza with drink purchase daily, 6:30 pm–3:30 am.
Die Koelner Bierhalle. 84 St. Marks Place, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, in Park Slope, (347) 227-7238, www.thekbh.com. Open Mon–Fri, 2 pm–4 am; Sat, noon–4 am; Sun, noon–2 am.
I was at the Small Press Expo this weekend!
Many people are calling it the best SPX ever, and I’m not going to disagree. And I can prove it with graphs!
And, for those concerned with filthy lucre:
A lot of this change is because I’m drawing better books, but the larger crowd this year was a pretty big help, too.
SPX has never been a “selling” show for me, though. I go because it’s a great social experience – everyone stays in the same hotel, and hangs out at the same parties.
I got to spend time with many of my favorite cartoonists, who I’m not going to list because it would take too long, and I know I’d accidentally leave someone out. But many of them are New Yorkers who I only get to see at conventions, and some I’ve been bumping into at cons since 2003.
At the post-Ignatz party, it took me almost an hour to move across the room, but I couldn’t go more than 20 feet without running into someone I wanted to talk to! And while I was on the show floor, I had the same experience, but with books I wanted to read!
I’m still working my way through the pile of mini-comics I picked up, but some of the standouts so far include:
Rutabaga, by Eric Feurstein. Here is our conversation:
Me: This is really cute! What’s it about?
Eric: It’s about a chef, in a Dungeons & Dragons world -
Me: Okay, stop.
Eric: – who kills exotic monsters so he cook them into -
Me: Stop talking! You have already made the sale!
I also picked up Shotgun Funeral from Laura Terry, who makes art that is crazy-gorgeous, and I’m deeply jealous of her coloring ability.
One cute comic: Roquefort, about a ballroom-dancing fox. The characters have a really good sense of motion, and it includes a musical montage, which is always nice.
Okay, I’m going to post this now and run out the door, and I’ll probably edit it with updates later.
The Counting Room. 44 Berry St., at N. 11th Street, in Williamsburg, (718) 599–1860, www.countingroom.com. Open Mon–Thu, 5 pm–2 am; Fri, 5 pm–4 am; Sat, noon–4 am; Sun, noon–2 am. “Something Like This” new cocktail program on Mondays, 9 pm–2 am. Follow https://twitter.com/maks_p for menus and last-minute cancellations.
This book collects all of the recent D&D comics! It’ll debut at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend. If you’d like to visit me there, please do so! I’ll ditch my table for a bit and we can grab a beer at the hotel bar.