Well I’m probably one of the last people to write up his SPX experience, but WOW I had an amazing weekend in Bethesda, MD! Rather than rehash a lot of what has already been said about the weekend, I’ll tell my favorite parts and link to the rest. (Plus I didn’t bring a camera, so I only have borrowed photos.)
First of all, many thanks to my fabulous hosts Kristin and Corey Enck! Kristin is a grad school friend, and Corey is her freshly-minted husband (they got married in August!), though I’ve known Corey almost as long as I’ve known Kristin. I barely spent any time in their home in DC, but the bed was comfy and the kitchen had fresh apple pie in it – what more could I need?
Second, another thank-you to Kristin, and also to Megan Halsband and Lou Joseph, two more friendly faces from my days at Carolina, who showed up at my table at SPX. Lou deserves a double thank-you (or quadruple, or even more) for inviting me to participate in the Infinite Folio two years ago. It was for that project that I first drew the cloud-full-of-eyes that I am so obsessed with these days.
And yet more thank yous to give out: to all of you who came by my table and talked or asked for doodles, and especially those of you who paid good money for some of my work, THANK YOU for doing your part to help make this a viable career for me! It is always great to make and meet new friends and fans, especially face-to-face. (some kind words by Scott Edelman are posted here)
Finally, to my peers and heroes who adopted me into their circle of bro-ship and made my weekend super-extra-fantastically fun, thank you to Dustin Harbin, Kate Beaton, and Cloudy Collection artist (and so much more!) Scott Campbell. I hesitate to list all the other names, because I will surely miss some of you, but it was fantastic to meet you, Phil McAndrew, Steve Wolfhard, Pen Ward, Eleanor Davis, Richard Stevens, Meredith Gran, Jah Furry, Brian Heater, Joe Lambert and his wife Rebecca, Will Dinski (who I first met in Minneapolis), and of course my table buddy, Dan Wyke.
Okay, so rather than try to retell stories that have been told by better storytellers than me, here are some great posts about the weekend by people I spent a lot of time with:
â€¢ Dustin Harbin’s tale in three parts, plus a comic: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and the comic
â€¢ Dan Wyke’s write-up