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.
October 8, 2018 Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Rural Library District Staff Day (Gene)
November 15, 2018 Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach County Library System (Gene)
November 16, 2018 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Southeast Florida Library Information Network (Gene)
Jan 25 - 28, 2019 Seattle, WA ALA Midwinter (Library COMIC Booth #726) (Gene)
March 1, 2019 Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa County Library District (Gene)
April 15 - 17, 2019 Austin, TX Texas Library Association Annual Conference (Library COMIC booth, Monday night event) (Gene)
June 21 - 24, 2019 Washington, DC
ALA Annual (Library COMIC booth) (Gene)
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