Back in October I had a friend who lives in North Carolina queue me in on a comic expo I had never heard of before that just happened to be around Boston… Cambridge to be exact. Of course, I go to school in Western Massachusetts so it was not exactly within my access at the moment.
I read a bit about it and then my finger slipped and I somehow accidentally booked a bus ticket for that weekend home. This was mostly after seeing that Emily Carroll would be there. She’s a fairly known online comic artist who had done artwork for the story and exploration computer game Gone Home (2013), as well as her recent graphic novel Through the Woods (2014). Find more about her on emcarroll.com
There were many great cartoonists and comic artists there like:
- Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama!)
- James Kochalka (American Elf, Johnny Boo)
- Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)
- Box Brown (Everything Dies)
- Paul Hornshemeier (Life with Mr. Dangerous, The Three Paradoxes)
As well as an amazingly huge array of other artists you can check out more of them here.
I love these sorts of things because I get to meet all sorts of artists I had never heard of, each with a table filled with their artwork, prints, originals, t-shirts, comics, and so forth. Several of which had been special guest artists who designed covers for such comics as Adventure Time, Regular Show and so on.
It was all just so inspiring. But I had a goal. To meet Emily Carroll, buy her graphic novel, say several words to her without drooling or passing out, and then getting her to sign it.
All of which I achieved!
At the end of the day I had amassed nearly every artists business card or anything else they were handing out, since I didn’t have enough money to buy literally everything I saw…because that is what I wanted to do.
Either way, it was pretty awesome and amazing. I’m hoping to go next year…I’ll probably definitely go…but what I’m really hoping is to have my own table next year. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Until next time!
(Also this was sitting next to me through most of the speeches. I’m not saying I would have stolen him…but I did consider it).