Brian, Mateo, and I spent the weekend at Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco. The show was the most vibrant I’ve seen in a while, though maybe some of that was the novelty of it being held at the front of the Concourse Exhibition Center, instead of in the back. Whatever it was, it led to us spending a lot of money. I think we dropped the most at Scott C.’s table, where I couldn’t resist a print of Morrissey crying over a broken tea cup as Johnny Marr looks on. His work is great. I’d love to own a bunch of his prints, but money and space — it’s a shame there’s a limit to them, isn’t it?
I talked to comics friends — Rachel and Derek Hunter (who are expecting a little Miss Hunter in February!), Dave Roman, Andy Ristaino, Brett Warnock at Top Shelf Comix, Serena Valentino, Jamaica Dyer, Vernon White, Tommy Kovac — and caught up with Dan Vado at the SLG booth (where I wasn’t officially working, but still I still managed to sell a couple of books while I was behind the table.) We met Phil Rynda, the head character designer on our favorite cartoon Adventure Time (Andy Ristaino is also a character designer on the show — Monday’s episode is chock full of his designs, so I’m told.) The longest line in the house was for Lynda Barry, which is just indicative of what kind of awesome show APE is.
Mateo was a big hit, especially on Saturday when he was dress in his David Tennant Doctor Who costume. He charmed his way around the convention hall, drawing waves and smiles and coos. Here he is with Brian:
And here’s all our swag: