My Very First Comic Book Signing
So I had a signing for Zombies Calling at Strange Adventures yesterday, and it was pretty wild. And by "wild" I mean that line is actually real, not a photoshop cheat or people mistakenly lining up for the new Celine Dion album or something. You guys, it was so cool. I didn't even know if people would come, but I guess the combination of free weekend parking and that nice article in The Coast really helped, and this giant pile of books? ALL GONE. Okay, there are eight books left, or were when I left the store, and I'll need to pick up a few copies myself, for folks who weren't able to make the signing... so pretty much? ALL GONE. Man, I was so scared that SA wouldn't be able to unload them too, and I'd be responsible for the downfall of a nice local business, but no, fears went unfounded, and everything was very lovely, and thank you SO MUCH to everyone who came. At one point I did get stuck in a loop and couldn't seem to stop yelling "WOLF BLITZER!" but other than that, I think I did okay. Here's another picture (all taken by my friend Joe).
Things to learn: how to do nicer sketches faster, while people are watching, and also how to do them straight with ink, because I just can't do that yet. I'm too messy. I need the pencil lines there to guide me. The people at the beginning (luckily mostly my friends, so they'll forgive me) got some pretty wobbly sketches, but I was getting a little better by the end of the session. It was actually incredible how fast it all went by... I just drew and talked with people and them looked at my watch, and it was past 4 pm. It was fun asking people what else they like to read, 'cause, y'know, I like to know where the crossovers are. Quite a few people said they read my online comics, and a few requested sketches of D101 or Ice characters, which was really cool. Hurrah for the internets! And I conned a couple of people into doing doodles in my sketchbook, so that was nice too.
Towards the end of the signing Strange Adventure's owner said ZC was the fastest selling book they'd ever had, which is so great, for both them and me (again, y'know, my fears of them not being able to unload their stock blah blah blah). And at the end of the day I got to hang out a bit and talk about comics, which is always fun. I don't get to do that enough, really. And Rachelle, who works at the store, gave ZC a really nice review here. I drew her as a zombie.
In short, thank you so much everyone for coming. Thank you to my friends and co-workers who came and supported me, thank you to my online readers who also came and supported me, thank you to The Coast for that great and timely plug, and the biggest thank you goes to everyone at Strange Adventures for really pulling out the stops in making my very first signing experience a really bloody great one.
Oh, and one final note: I picked up the new trade of Paris yesterday, and Simon Gane is my new artistic Jesus. Dear lord, is his work beautiful. I'll have to find him and eat his brain.