This is our show.
I don't mean to take away from any of the other shows we go to. ALA is a strong show for us, and Comic-Con is a blast. But Unshelved is, in the end, a comic strip about a public library. And there's no place in the world thicker with public librarians right now than Boston. We were mobbed. I thought I understand being mobbed before, but several times I looked up today and saw crowds of twenty or thirty fans deep, all wanting shirts, jackets, bags, hats, books, and of course limited-edition badge ribbons. Our exhibit hall neighbors were impressed and maybe a little scared.
Long story short, in two and a half hours we made as much money as the entire five days of Comic Con 2005. Which isn't to say we won't go to Comic Con - we will. But it's a whole different universe.
Many thanks to fans Sharon Smith and Maurice Coleman. Sharon carted a bunch of our boxes to the conference center yesterday, and Maurice was invaluable in keeping the throngs at bay this evening.
Afterwards, Gene and I went out with what is becoming our library conference graphic novel regulars - the folks from DC, Dark Horse, and Abstract Studio - plus a few non-graphic novel friends. Our dinner can be summarized in two words: Shrimp Bag.
June 22 - 25, 2018 New Orleans, LA
ALA Annual (Library COMIC booth 450) (Gene)
August 17, 2018 Palos Hills, IL
SWAN Libraries Annual Conference (Gene)
October 8, 2018 Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Rural Library District Staff Day (Gene)
Jan 25 - 28, 2019 Seattle, WA ALA Midwinter (Library COMIC booth) (Gene)
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