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April 11, 2010


Special Report: A Day At Bizarro-Con

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[Editor's Note: my friend Gil Roth sent me a report from this weekend's MoCCA Festival, an informal write-up intended just for me. It made me laugh, so I asked him if I could share it with CR readers, and he agreed. Please take it in the informal spirit offered. It struck me that this is what cons are: thousands of subjective experiences, no one on the record.]

By Gil Roth

So, I get to the front steps of the armory for MoCCA. You have to go up a full flight of stairs to get into the building proper. A MoCCA staffer asks, "Is anyone here buying tickets on site?"

A bunch of us raise our hands. She says, "Okay. You guys come upstairs and buy your tickets." We proceed to leave the line, walk up, pay for our tickets, get stamped, and enter the show way ahead of our line-mates who actually paid in advance for tickets. I said to one guy, "What is this, Bizarro-Con?"

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Eric Reynolds: Hey, Gil! I didn't recognize you! Have you lost weight? Or not wearing glasses?

Gil: Nah, I just learned how to dress.

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Santoro's Magic Box of Back Issues was mobbed every time I passed by Picturebox's table.

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It took me three walk-throughs to find D&Q's tables. They were two rows over from Fanta.

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Peggy Burns is good at up-selling. I forgot to ask her about my Acme Novelty Library #19, which re-ran the same 12 pages at the end of the issue. I never did find out how that one ended.

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There was a series of tables from a Scandinavian contingent. They looked a little puzzled by the whole setup, and it reminded me of the line from In The Loop, "You needn't worry about the Canadians. They're just happy to be there... Yes, well, they always look surprised when they're invited."

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Pretty disparate crowd. A guy ahead of me on line was carrying a carved wooden walking stick; he and his friends were discussing Thor, which worried me for several reasons. Another guy wore a big deer-head (with antlers) made out of cardboard. He wore a fedora on top of that and had one of those suitcases that straps over your shoulders, to sell your wares (like a cigarette girl). I don't know what he was selling.

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imageThe guy behind me on the Jaime line, Marc Sobel, said he's writing a book about the Hernandezes. He had a magazine with a 1978 fantasy comic by Jaime. He signed it "James Hernandez."

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The guy two spots in front of me talked to Jaime for a while and then took out an issue of The Forever People and asked Jaime to draw Beautiful Dreamer after this one panel. It took forever, which didn't strike me and Marc as funny.

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Jaime was selling a drawing of Vivian, but it was just a headshot, and not a full-body (or 2/3rds, like my Penny Century drawing), otherwise I would've bought it. He also had illos of all the Ti-Girls. If there was one of the full squad, I might've bought that.

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Marc Sobel said to the friend who was on the Jaime line with him, "My girlfriend probably wouldn't like it if I spent $100 on a Jaime drawing." I thought, "Man, my wife wouldn't be happy if I didn't come back with a Jaime drawing."

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Charles Burns wasn't selling any art, which disappointed me. I bought the Big Baby collection, even though I have all the comics that are in it, so that he could draw something for me. He did it in pencil.

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Kim Deitch was selling all sorts of art, including finished pages which were going at $1000 each.

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Sikoryak looked younger than I thought he'd be.

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On the way out, I saw Gahan Wilson walking by. I stopped him, shook his hand, and thanked him for the decades of great cartooning. He said, "Thank you so much, young man."

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Gil Roth is a writer and editor who lives in the great state of New Jersey. You can check out his near-daily musings on things comics and otherwise at Virtual Memories. Find out what he bought at MoCCA and how much it cost him here.

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