– Working the info desk on Saturday morning and getting to meet and check in a bunch of awesome comic people. There was a minor issue in that something happened with the name tags, so I had to explain to every exhibitor that we didn’t have tags for them yet, but they would be coming. Thankfully, comics people are awesomely chill and no one minded.
– The fact that Charles Vess had sparkles in his long grey hair. Everytime I saw him, it made me smile.
– Surprising Abby Denson first thing in the morning by recognizing here and telling her I had her book Dolltopia in my bag. (She signed it later in the day.)
– Working with a dude named Andrew who I had never met but finding out he knew a bunch of my friends. It is a very small world out there.
– Selling a Marc Bell poster to an adorable 4-year-old child. He was having a hard time deciding between that and Daniel Clowes so I helped him compare and contrast.
– Helping a dad by going through the program with him and pointing out a bunch of cool female comics people who he might want to bring his young comic drawing daughter around to see (I recommended Cecil Castellucci, Raina Telgemeier and Kate Beaton off the top of my head which I hope helped.).
– Having to explain we had no mermaids to an old crazy dude.*
– Talking up one of Cecil Castellucci’s books in front of Cecil Castellucci and then talking with her for a while about Rose Sees Red, her upcoming children’s book and her rock opera. I have met her twice now and she is one of the tiniest most adorable ladies ever.
– Picking up Afrodiasiac from Jim Rugg in person and him doing a custom sketch for me. (Sidenote – Jim Rugg is soft spoken but a serious sweetheart. If you haven’t read his stuff, do it now! Otherwise, I’ll sic my Jim Rugg loving friend Alex on you!)
– Having a stare off with one of the artists in the small press room and then realizing we knew each other (she works at Magic Pony where my husband and I often shop.)
– Going to see Kate Beaton who wasn’t there, but then seeing the glory of the Fat Pony Puppet that was waiting in her stead.
– Waiting in line for Kate Beaton later and making friends with people in front of us. Hi Aslin and Sabrina!
– Kate Beaton signing and custom sketching in our copy of Never Learn Anything From History and personally giving me a Bitchy Bronte Sisters Shirt.
– Chatting with Erika Moen and her telling a story about getting a horrible bitchy e-mail from a woman who was angry Erika had sold her adult mother one of her books (Erika’s stuff is fantastic, but it’s more on the adult content side of things).
– Talking to John Campbell and realizing the man has the neatest printing I have ever seen.
– Running into a friend from high school but being so tired, I didn’t recognize it was her until she jumped up and down in front of me.
– Grabbing a Monica Gallagher Dionysius shirt for Boy because it was awesome and personality suiting.
– Going out to dinner with our friend Bella and a bunch of awesome comic artists including Jeff Ellis, Rachel Dukes and Mike Lopez, and Miriam Libicki (there were other people too, but I have to admit, I didn’t catch all the names since it was so loud.)
– Hitting both TCAF parties on Saturday night. First one in the gaybourhood, then the other one in the Annex. The one in the Annex had a DJ who was far too confident about his incredibly lacklustre freestyling and kept interrupting the music (which was actually decent) to shout out random things.
– Handing out programs with a dude with a giant afro named Wes. We talked Star Wars and I learned later he’s working on his own graphic novel.
– Hanging out with another volunteer named Jay. He is going to Teacher’s College up North in the Fall and he was nice enough to get me a much needed tea and doughnut on Sunday when I was starving. We worked together the entire day and bonded over mutual geekery, but I lost track of him when I was leaving and never got to say goodbye. Sorry about that, Jay! You were very awesome and nice!
– Working the Daniel Clowes line. I have to be honest and say I have never read anything Daniel Clowes has written, but his fans are nice and super-friendly. I went and found out some information for a couple standing in the line and after they got their stuff signed, they came back to show me and talk to me some more. I also met Eric Wight in the line. He is a very cool dude and he reminded me I still need to read My Dead Girlfriend. It was one of the first things I put on my Amazon list and I keep forgetting to buy it! I also met Miles Baker who is the publisher of Mondo. He was very friendly and let me examine his Igor Kenk graphic novel which I will also have to buy.
Anyway, that is pretty much everything that I can remember off the top of my head. I am sure there are other awesome things that happened, but I am minorly braindead from all of the craziness that occurred. Hope everyone else who went had an awesome time as well and major thanks to the fabulous twosome of Andrew Woodrow-Butcher and Christopher Butcher and to the ever lovely Natalie Atkinson. Without all their hard work, we wouldn’t have had such a great weekend. Comic nerds are the coolest.
*Just to explain, my blog post title refers to a conversation I had with a dude who came up to me while I was working the info booth. A transcript if you will:
Dude: Where are the mermaids?
Me: I’m sorry, what?
Dude: The mermaids! Last year, there were mermaids and this year, I can’t find them.
Me: Do you know what title they were associated with?
Dude: I don’t remember. You just came in and poof! There were mermaids.
Me: Well unfortunately, we don’t have the same exhibitors every year so it’s possible that whoever had the mermaids last year isn’t here this year.
Dude: Oh. Well that’s too bad, that’s what I came to see.
Me: Sorry about that.
Dude: You know what you should do? Next year, when you print the programs, you should list the person’s name and what they draw. Like “John Smith – Mermaids.”
Me: Okay. We’ll keep that in mind.