Sneak peek at Hallo Spaceboy

Comics, conventions, Hallo Spaceboy, Projects

Hallo Spaceboy is chugging along! I’ve finished inking and the first round of digital clean up, most of the way through lettering. All that remains is adding the spot colors, making the cover, and layout.

Hallo Spaceboy will be 24 pages of story, broken into three movements.

I drew an inked all 24 pages in roughly two weeks, which I do not recommend doing. I ended up exhausted and close to sick. Next time I’ll plan better.

Hallo Spaceboy premieres at the Small Press Expo on Saturday, September 15.


MeCAF 2018 – Report

conventions, Projects

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, I tabled at my first ‘away’ con. I took the train up to Portland, ME, to participate in the Maine Comics Arts Festival, otherwise known as MeCAF.

I had a lot of fun at the show, moved the most product to date, and got to meet lots of independent cartoonists from around the Northeast.

Taking lessons learned from my earlier shows, I recovered Kitchen Witches, Anxiety Diaries 2 and 3, and Immature Language. Anxiety Diaries 1 was my first project, and I printed pages on the cover’s back.

Additionally, I also worked on my presentation. I ordered a stand from ClearDisplays, and a display for pricing. I spread out my business cards, and made a little name display at the last minute.

The result? A more elegant, solid display.

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Additionally, I made a custom item tracker, which enables me to track all purchases, both cash and card, and trades! At the end of the day, I can see exactly how much of what went to new homes, down to which books were most popular with my fellow cartoonists.


I was surprised that Anxiety Diaries moved the most copies, and Kitchen Witches the least. I ended up selling four sets of Anxiety Diaries 1-3, not including single purchases of each. Kitchen Witches only sold two copies, early on in the day. This disproves what I thought I’d learned at the Somerville Public Library Comix Con last month.

At this con, I was much more gregarious and outgoing. I made a lot of connections, got to meet a number of people I interact with on Twitter and Instagram.

Lessons learned:

  • Get there early to set up. That way you have time to do a loop before attendees arrive, and you can talk with fellow vendors.
  • Bigger pricing signs! Larger statements of taking card/cash/trades!
  • Each show attracts different people, so having a variety of work is good.
  • Big smiles and great shirts will bring people over to chat.
  • Sometimes you don’t make a sale, but you learn about a new opportunity.
  • One dollar bills are the gods’ gift to vendors.
  • Have some way to identify you, like a banner or vertical sign.
  • PUT YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES ON YOUR BUSINESS CARDS – I need to reprint my business cards because this current round doesn’t have my Twitter or Instagram tag on them.
  • Share pictures of your table on social media – it can get picked up by people, and/or let your followers know where you are/what you look like.

My next show is in mid-September, at the Small Press Expo. I have three months to make new material, a banner of some sort, and improve my tabling lay out. I can’t wait. I will have additional copies of these five zines, plus a few copies of Being True (which you should back on Kickstarter). I’m also planning on debuting new projects: ‘I hate my ovaries (and they hate me too),’ ‘Hello Spaceboy,’ and hopefully one from my week up at the Center for Cartoon Studies this August.

Report from Somerville Public Library Comix Con


First con of the year is in the books.

I tabled at the inaugural Somerville Public Library Comix Con on Saturday, May 5. It was con number 2 for me, and while not immensely successful monetarily, I did okay.

Loosely related to tabling, I was seated in the general health section, next to books about sex, body farms, and influenza.

Things learned:

  • All-ages comics sell best at library cons. I sold three copies of Kitchen Witches, and had a couple of instances where kids sat down and read the full thing, then headed off. I don’t love when this happens (if their parent is present or they are clearly a teenager), but it’s such a great feeling when they’re young.
  • Bright and colorful draws the eye! I will likely make new covers for Kitchen Witches and Immature Language using brighter paper and do a test run. The covers will likely be hand-lettered, and I’ll have to experiment. Maybe add some washi tape to the sides. I don’t want to scrap the rest of this printing.
  • Make. Better. Signage.
  • Improve display and presentation. I’m inviting! My little corner, not so much.

My next con is Saturday, June 2! I will be in Portland, ME for the Maine Comics Arts Festival (MeCAF). I should have “My ovaries hate me (and I hate them, too)” printed. Find me in the fiction section!

SPX or Bust

Boston Comics Roundtable, Comics, conventions

Sometimes, in pursuit of our goals, we can fall into fabulous mishaps.

Take, for example, my goal to get 12 comics related rejections this year. When I saw that the Small Press Expo (SPX) was open for the lottery, I figured I’d throw my hat into the ring. An easy rejection and one that I didn’t need to think about too much.

Until I got a half-table in the lottery.

So, here we are. It’ll be my fourth ever con, my first really big one, and my first all-weekend long tabling experience. I’m starting to rethink if I’ll want to table at MICE in October.

I didn’t want much time to think about it and chicken out. On Sunday, I paid for my half-table. Yesterday, I booked my hotel room. Today, I put in for time off at work. I’m doing it. I’m going.

SPX is in six months. I’m incredibly excited, nervous, and trying to keep the imposter syndrome at bay.