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NYCC: Faith Goes to New York

I'm back from New York Comic Con more or less intact! I'm battling a nasty American cold/flu thing, but I don't have to work this week, so have resolved to stay in my jammies sipping hot lemon tea with honey for the foreseeable future.

And now, convention report (sort of): This was my very first time in New York, and right off the bat I did about a million things wrong: I didn't bring a map (so stupid), and I forgot a bunch of phone numbers at home, so the first day was a bit scary. New York is huge and there is so much stuff. I don't really know what I was expecting, but I wasn't really prepared for the hugeness and the full of stuff-ness, and ended up being a bit overwhelmed by it all. But by the end of my time there I was starting to figure things out, riding the subway all by my lonesome and walking half way across Manhattan with a friend, so I learned and grew as a person and I'd definitely go back. It was really really great.

Oddly enough, the actual comic book convention felt incidental. I really wanted to go to New York to meet my editor, who helped me make Friends with Boys the best it could be, see the rest of the First Second folk, and see where they worked. The fact that there was a comic book convention that I could promote Brain Camp at was almost an afterthought ... I remember pulling up to the Javits Centre with my editor Friday morning and thinking "oh yeah, this thing." The convention itself was okay. Friday was enjoyable, not super crowded, and I got to meet and talk with lovely folks I normally don't get to talk much to. Saturday was effing nuts. It was too much for me. The crowds were terrible, worse than San Diego when I went in 2008, and finally I ended up leaving the convention for the entire afternoon to explore New York with Kean Soo and Andrew Wheeler. We saw 30 Rockefeller square and had delicious red velvet cupcakes that cost $3 each. So worth it, and I don't feel like I missed much being away from the convention for the entire afternoon.

Sunday was actually very lovely. The crowds weren't quite as bad as Saturday, and I had a fantastic signing for Brain Camp (I love everyone who showed up to get their books signed! You were AMAZING!), and a lot of fun at my two panels in the afternoon and managed NOT to make a fool of myself in front of Jane Yolen (yay!). Really, the best thing about the trip was being able to meet up with comic friends, eat supper with them and hang out. You don't really need a convention to do that, so while I'd certainly come back to New York, I can't say I'd come back for the Comic Con. It wasn't as impressive and well run as San Diego, but weirdly had the not-so-enjoyable things from SDCC: crowds, crowded bathrooms, expensive food, crowds and did I mention the crowds?

Still: Huge thanks to the lovely Dave & Raina, comics' nicest duo, as well as my NY walking buddies Kean and Andrew, and the other folks I got to chat with at NYCC (Eric, Tory, Colleen, Alison, Johane, Stephen, the rest of the eternally lovely First Second crew, my editor Calista, and the incredible Gina for letting me sleep on her couch for a few days and making all of this possible... did I miss anybody? Hopefully not) for making it a really special trip. And thanks to my friend Lissa for sticking around New York an extra day to play New York Tourist with me. We saw MOMA and shopped our geeky little hearts out. I now have a green I (heart) NY mug which I am drinking lemon honey tea out of.

So have some dumb NYCC comics!

Oh god, you guys ... c'mon. Nobody likes these questions. The first one was asked of me after my last panel on Sunday. I was probably a bit snotty with my answer, but ... come on.

Actual answers at a NYCC panel... sigh.

This was said to me at my signing on Sunday, and I nearly cried. I really mean that when I say it was the best signing ever. The folks who turned out were the loveliest ever, and I'd like to thank them all for making me one happy little cartoonist girl.

I have a handful of pictures, so I'll put them behind a cut:

Me in front of the Flatiron Building after flying in from Halifax on Thursday. I was a little punchy, but thrilled to be there. My publisher's in that famous landmark!

Getting interviewed by the adorable Shaun Hatton for Electric Playground. He was really sweet and super cute.

I do a writer pose with Susan and Laurence (the writers of Brain Camp), and the artist on City of Spies, Pascal Dizin. Laurence's writer pose is kicking my ass.

This was the line of people at my signing, and they were awesome. ;_; Love you guys!

Reverse view of the signing. These two blonde girls I'm talking to were absolutely adorable, one of them a dead ringer for Lucy. I whipped out some Friends with Boys printouts I had and was all "look! It's you!"
Touristy stuff:

Bryant Park on Saturday, after Andrew, Kean and I bolted from the convention. It was a beautiful little oasis in the middle of the city. Plus, y'know, Project Runway was there a few years ago!!!!

Times Square. I was surprised by these concrete park areas New York would have in the middle of what seemed to be a street. Traffic would be rushing around on all sides, and people would be sitting and drinking coffee in the midst of it.

There's a Tim Horton's in downtown Manhattan. Had to get a picture of that.

Ech. Whatever. :P

This was actually very sweet: Yoko Ono's wishing tree at MOMA. Write a wish on a piece of paper and tie it to the tree (note the wish for WORLD DOMINATION on the left).

Lissa and I spent a good chunk of time shopping at KinoKuniya, a Japanese bookstore by Bryant Park. I just liked the artstyle on this manga cover, and was wondering if anyone knew anything about it.

The cover to Twilight in Japanese. Hee!

I, being an Urasawa nerd, was thrilled to find some of his current series, Billy Bat, at Kinokuniya. The anthology was on sale for $1.60, and vol 1 of Billy Bat was only $10, so I had to buy it. Can't read Japanese, but I can look at the pretty Urasawa drawings. They had pretty much all of his other series (Pluto, 20th Century Boys, Monster) in Japanese too. I wanted to buy them for novelty's sake (the books are much smaller than the English translations, and have shiny dust jackets), but couldn't justify the cost.

This is what I bought/had given to me at the convention, although the Interstella 5555 DVD was a gift from Lissa, and I picked up Muzz at Midtown Comics for $4. All the books have been very excellent so far, although I haven't gotten through all of them.


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I enjoy the lady lighting her cigarette in times square.
She's the most New York it gets!
Yeah, I really wanted to do Chinatown and ... uh, other stuff in Lower Manhattan, but stayed mostly in the centre due to time issues. Oh well, next visit. It was great, though. Everyone on foot turned out to be really nice and helpful when asking for directions. The cab drivers, however, were pretty unnerving.
I recognize only 2 of theses books : Koko Be Good (remember when Jen Wang was doing her webcomic "Strings of Fate" ? I think it was roughly at the same time than when you were doing "Demonology 101") and "Finder : Talisman", and I love both of them.

The streets-blocked-to-traffic thing is new, maybe only within the past 2 years. It has made Times Square and Herald Square much nicer! But then, I don't drive through that part of the city much...
It was great finally meeting you. I was afraid I'd seem like a creepy person when I started telling you I've followed you online since I was in high school.

I'm glad you enjoyed your time in New York! KinoKuniya is a great place. There is another japanese book store I visit called book off. You can trade in books there and find all sorts of interesting things. In the same area too.

I caught the NYCC cold as well. My brother jokingly calls it the nerd flu. Next year, extra coat and a germ mask will be worn.
Hi Faith - I really wanted to meet you but couldn't leave my artist table when you were doing the signing. The adorable twins with the blonde hair (Heather and Michelle) were kind enough to bring my copy of your book (War at Ellsmere) with them to the signing though, so at least I got a signature from you. :)

Talisman! That's a great book (and Carla Speed McNeil's a pretty awesome person).

I don't know the manga, but it says it's by Iwaoka Hisae (a webpage here, apparently: http://www.mangaupdates.com/authors.html?id=3023 ). I'm too ditzed out right now to make out the rest of the kanji, but I think it may be supplementary material to a series, so production notes, maybe. IIRC Viz is putting out some of her stuff now (Saturn Apartments, I think).

(They have a Kinokuniya in New York? Oh man. I still have fond memories of paying about $16 for a UK paperback there.)
Oh, of course, Saturn Apartments. I have that and really liked it. I didn't recognize that this manga was her work, but that's great. Thanks!
It was so great to meet you at the signing!! I love the sketch of Jun you did for me - thanks again. You must have been there forever if you gave everyone such nice sketches! :D

Oh, I picked up Nola's Worlds, too! It's adorable; I love the way that it's colored.
Nola's World was super great, and I'm glad I got to grab a copy for only $5. I enjoyed your Over the Surface comic as well; you did a really good job with it. I can sense future horrible conflict between Victor and Ava...
great write up and great haul! love seeing johane matte's water tribe books in the mix <3
So delightful to meet you! I dropped by the signing, but the line was too long by the time I got there (the delightful lady with blonde>green hair in the picture is a friend of mine). Instead I said hi to you after your panel--hopefully you found some turkey of your own at dinner! :]

Yes, Priscillie (am I spelling that right?), who I didn't even recognize despite meeting her at San Diego in 2008. I spotted the green hair out of the corner of my eye and was all "wow, that girl has a badass costume I am slightly scared of her." lol

I found turkey dinner in microwavable form on Tuesday, but opted not to pay the $5 for it.
I'm curious about your answers to the stupid questions. Did you tell them that you get your your good female characters in bulk from Karen's Crazy Cozy Character Shop, Exit 21 off the I-5? Remember, if they ain't Crazy or Cozy, they didn't come from Karen's.
It kind of reminds me of when I went to ComicCon (San Diego) in 2002. I had nowhere to stay (Glych helped score me a place with a half dozen or so other people and I slept on the floor - nice soft rug though so I didn't care), didn't have any idea what was going on (so I missed the Lord of the Rings panel where the cast actually showed up as a surprise), and pretty much just hung around the Keenspot/Keenspace booth (as back then I had a webcomic called Tangents.... which is where I got the name for the review site actually, just reused it ^^). Still was fun though.

I am glad you enjoyed yourself. And still wish I could have gone, but it was a bit of a drive as I wasn't going to spend the night in New York.

Take care :)

Rob H.


You're going to be on EP Daily? Do you know when? Have we missed it? I love that show.

Re: Gah!

I don't know when the segment will air, but they said it would be online as well, so I plan to catch it then. I think they may air it in a couple weeks.
awww! I'm one of the people who got a book signed and like, blurted out how much you inspired me... :D
I'm so glad you had a good time at comiccon/in New York!
I did, I had a blast! And I was very thrilled to meet you. ^_^ I have the coolest readers.


Awww thanks for thinking I am adorable. And I am flattered to look like one of your characters. Hahaha!!

-Adorable blonde girl on the left speaking.
Aw, bummer! I would've loved to meet you! Oh well, next time. Yeah, Saturday wasn't nice at all. I'm glad I left.
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