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Post-MoCCA bliggity blorg

Posted on 2007.06.26 at 17:16
Current Music: Stereolab: "Miss Modular"
MoCCA crowd
I am still recovering from the marathon weekend that was the MoCCA Art Festival.

MoCCA 2007 MoCCA 2007

I didn't really get to walk around or take too many photos that day since I was the only one at my table. Luckily it was pretty busy and I got sell a bunch of my comics. I was excited to see some friends stop by [thanks to Gregg, Nikki, and Rob!]

Rob and his copy of "Alias the Cat"
Rob shows me his signed copy of Kim Deitch's "Alias the Cat".

Puck Fair
After the show, I walked out and saw a sign that I immediately misread as... uh... something other than "Puck Fair".

Walking to dinner
I joined the enormous dinner crew consisting of Alison, Tyler, Cori, Dave, Raina, Stephanie, Zack, Dalton, Ryan, and many many other cartoonist-type peeps.

Dinner plans Dinner table
Unfortunately, we had to split up since our large group would've overwhelmed our desired restaurants! I joined the mexican food posse.

We went to the Top Shelf Comics party after dinner, but the place was a hot & stinky pit. I quickly escaped to the Kaiju after-party and happily danced with monsters.

Super Wrong & Randy Borden Giii pole dancing
Super Wrong and Kaiju creator Randy Borden. Giii pole-dancing.

Louden Noxious w/ monsters Louden VS Cube
Kaiju announcer Louden Noxious hanging w/ Giii & Plantain; Getting shit from the evil Dr. Cube.

Giii and me Plantain and me
Drinks + Giant Monsters = The irresistible impulse to make a fool of myself.

MoCCA exhibitors
I woke up completely exhausted, as many other exhibitors surely felt [note the laid-out person in the above photo].

Brian Chippendale
Oddly enough, a huge festival highlight was meeting Brian Chippendale: Lightning Bolt drummer and cartoonist. I was really surprised to find out he was exhibiting his gigantic book, Ninja, at the festival.

Brian's sketch
I was even more shocked when he came over to my table and allowed me to chew his ear off for over half an hour about everything from music & comics to the joys of driving a Toyota Previa. I've been obsessively listening to Lightning Bolt since seeing their two recent Brooklyn shows, so it was a real treat to hear his thoughts on performing, writing/recording, etc...

Ian Blume
I got another big surprise when my good friend from college, Ian, paid me a visit! It was really great to see him for the first time in years. Joe also came by, which was awesome since I drew my latest comic about him: It was like the humble minicomic equivalent to having Spider-Man at the Marvel Comics booth! Their visits allowed me to take more breaks and revert to fanboy mode for a while...

Ben Ross
Ben Ross and his cool-looking puppet.

Raina sketch
Raina's sketch in my copy of Babysitter's Club Vol. 1. I've been procrastinating so long in buying these books, so it was awesome to finally get them w/ her awesome personalized sketches!

Jacob Chabot sketch Meredith Gran sketch
Jacob Chabot's sketch in his latest Skullboy comic; Meredith's sketch in her hilarious Octopus Pie comic.

Gabrielle Bell and Joe Matt
Gabrielle Bell and Joe Matt sketching in copies of their respective new books.

Joe Matt sketch Gabrielle Bell sketch
As much as I enjoy Joe Matt's comics, I felt a bit strange shaking the hand of someone who's a self-proclaimed compulsive masturbator.

Robert Goodin postcard Yellow Fever
On my way out, I picked up this super-cool wooden postcard by Robert Goodin then saw this amusing sign down the street: "Yellow Fever". Heh heh...


I sold the same modest amount of comics as I did at APE [Sunday was REALLY slow for me]... and realize once again that my salesman skills are completely non-existent. I can't decide whether I should initialize "customer" engagement or not: I never ask people walking by to "come look at my stuff" and wonder if that has anything to do with my paltry sales. I don't expect to ever make some kind of profit from this comics thing, and I certainly know that's NOT the point, but I can't help but wonder if I should be more aggressive in getting my books in people's hands.

Despite the monetary whining, I had a blast this weekend. Now that I've participated in a couple of comics conventions, I feel even more of a kinship with my other cartoonist friends/acquaintances... and that makes me really happy.


Marion Vitus
marionv at 2007-06-26 22:59 (UTC) (Link)
Great photos! Regarding the 'customer engagment issue', I have two methods: the hard sell, and the extra-firm sell.

Even if it doesn't result in a sale, I usually get a laugh and nice conversation; which always leads to something just as good: a contact or a warm fuzzy.
arambulo at 2007-06-27 08:54 (UTC) (Link)
thanks! i will definitely attempt the "extra firm" sell next time...

also: i meant what i said about autobio comics... i still love reading them and only frown upon MY OWN stuff! i'm sincerely looking forward to reading No In-Between #5 [it'll be the first comic i've read from your series!].
Marion Vitus
marionv at 2007-06-27 13:22 (UTC) (Link)
tee hee, no worries! I hope you approve of #5, it's a good one to start out on! OH THE DRAMA.
strammermax at 2007-06-26 23:08 (UTC) (Link)
how i wish that the philippines would have something similar to MoCCA art fest ):

also woo octopus pie! :D
arambulo at 2007-06-27 08:56 (UTC) (Link)
my cousin, Marco Dimaano, had mentioned a Toy & Collectibles convention [in Manila...?] that sounded minicomic-friendly. although i don't know the details, any show that supports minicomics should be a cool one!
arambulo at 2007-06-27 08:57 (UTC) (Link)
and yeah... Octopus Pie is awesome!
quezzie at 2007-06-27 04:09 (UTC) (Link)
I have ZERO customer engagement. Okay, I say Hi if people stop and look, but I was telling tablemate_Matt_Bayne that I'm not good at the talking, so I let people do the reading. Uh, I guess our comics sell at a steady pace...I just feel awkward TELLING people to come over, and it makes me a bit uncomfortable when people hawk aggressively, too.

Good times all around at MoCCA!
arambulo at 2007-06-27 08:58 (UTC) (Link)
good to know i'm not the only one lacking in customer engagement action. anyway, it was great seeing you and Zack for all of 2 seconds this past weekend!
kimberlypolev at 2008-07-17 15:37 (UTC) (Link)
It's funny the first two times, but afterwards, it's nothing more than watching someone embarassing themselves, which always makes me feel awkward (don't get me started on Borat).
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arambulo at 2007-06-27 09:01 (UTC) (Link)
hoo boy, anyone would be better at PR than me. i need all the help i could get.

i also wish i was more receptive to people during the Siglo:Passion launch... if only i didn't suffer through a horrific stomach virus that night [and the rest of my visit].

i wouldn't get too jealous - there seems to be a healthy and tightly-knit comics community in the Philippines too!
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