Well, folks, Colonial Comics, New England 1620-1750 makes its grand debut at MICE 2014. This isn’t just a grand debut for you all, this is also a grand debut for me. I saw the pre-proof version of the book but that was the last I saw of it. Fulcrum made some final edits, those edits were sent to the printer, and now a drop shipment is being sent directly to MICE. When I get to the show on Saturday, it will be the first time I’m seeing the book. But there’s a lot going on, so let’s get these things down.
Saturday, October 4th
9AM - My flight lands in Boston.
9:55AM- My cab pulls up to Lesley University Hall. I go directly to the Fulcrum Publishing table (D15) and you get to see a grown man kissing a book.
10:01AM - The first copy of the book is sold. I hand this lucky person a signed copy of the book along with a piece of paper that highlights the 12 contributors that will be present at MICE:
I tell this wonderful person that the first three people to show me all twelve signatures will get a prize. I sign the book and my right-hand-man Charlie Fetherolf signs it, as well. Joel Gill is at table D14 and he signs it, too. The owner of the book then runs off and gets the low-hanging fruit, visiting the tables of E.J. Barnes (B7), Dan Mazur (D11), Josh O’Neil (A22), Sarah Winifred Searle (A35), and Alexander Danner (D12) to collect 5 more of the 12 signatures, bringing the total to 8. Then comes the hard part. Where is John Bell? He’s not here yet. Where’s Ellen Crenshaw and Matt Boehm? They’re not here yet, either. A. David Lewis is taking care of his newborn. Getting all twelve signatures will be a challenge…
10:02AM-11:29AM - I continue to sell books. I give out origami Mayflowers, Colonial Comics-branded tea bags, Colonial Characters trading cards, and tax stamp stickers. I try to get a picture of every person who purchases a copy so that I can thank them later.
11:30AM-12:30PM - I’m on the History in Comics panel, moderated by Colonial Comics contributor and assistant editor John Bell. I have E.J. Barnes and Ellen Crenshaw with me (Eleri Harris and Dave Ortega are on the panel as well). I call out Matt Boehm in the audience. If you haven’t gotten them yet, there are three more signatures for the taking. If only you can find A. David Lewis…
12:30-3:59PM I’m back at the Fulcrum Publishing table (D15) - signing copies and telling you how much I love you. Meanwhile…
1-2PM - Colonial Comics contributor Alexander Danner moderates the panel Developing the Graphic Novel with Raina Telgemeier, Emily Carroll, and Paul Hornschmeier. How often do you get to see a panel featuring two amazing cartoonists whose names end in -eier? Only at MICE.
3:30-4:30PM - Colonial Comics contributor Alexander Danner leads the Writing Comics workshop. His script was amazing - if you miss this workshop, you miss one of the best reasons to be at the show. Except! Conflict of interest! Because…
4PM-5PM - I will be on the Letters From the Editor panel with Chris Duffy, moderated by Zack Giallongo. I will tell you how to handle writers like Alexander Danner and how to become a writer like Alexander Danner so which one do you go to? The answer is simple - you go to both, somehow.
5PM and on - Selling books and socializing. Pitch me a story!
Sunday, October 6th
I will be selling books and signing books and telling you I love you. Then!
1PM-2PM - Go check out Colonial Comics contributor Josh O’Neil hang out with Box Brown in the Marketing for Self-Publishing and Micro-Press panel moderated by Colonial Comics contributor Dan Mazur. What do you call a panel where 2/3rds of the contributors are Colonial Comics contributors? You call it a Good Panel (TM). Or…
1PM-2PM - I’ll be paneling with Cathy Leamy and Colonial Comics contributor Joel Gill at Teaching With Comics as part of the Comics in the Classroom Symposium.
2PM and on - Signing and selling books, if I have any left. Pitch me a story!
And that will be it. At some point Sunday evening I will begin to glow. I don’t know when/if the glow will go away, but I will consult my doctor about it after five days of continuous glowing.
Colonial Comics, New England 1620-1750 debuts at MICE this weekend. While move-related shenanigans are keeping me from Boston, it should not keep any of you. The post above highlights the adventures of our intrepid editor.
He’s worked on some seriously great swag. I’m not even kidding. Just to further emphasize: Colonial Comics-branded tea bags, Colonial Characters trading cards, and tax stamp stickers. Tea bags, people. Picking this book up at MICE offers you not just a sweet read, but a great cuppa and really interesting thoughts about the mythology that’s developed around chucking tea into a harbor. (Incidentally, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anyone bust their butt so hard to make great swag.) And maybe, I dunno, maybe you can learn about how it came to be that A WOMAN OWNED THE FIRST PRINTING PRESS IN THE US!!!
I haven’t even seen the final on this book, but I’m so, so proud that my story on Elizabeth Glover is part of it.
If you’re in Boston, go. Go and stick a tax stamp on someone who is taxing.