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May 1, 2008


Travel Notes: Near Trip's End, Things That Have Accrued In My Backpack

We all have that one pocket in a suitcase, backpack or shoulder bag where weird stuff goes on a trip. Here's what been ending up in mine during this current one.

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The Vertical catalog. It's interesting that comics has the first page and the center spreads in a catalog with so many different offerings, certainly a sign of the place comics has within that small publisher's galaxy of offerings.

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One of the better promotional postcards I've ever seen in that I read the whole damn thing -- for Jenn Manley Lee's Dicebox.

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This was the entirety of my notes for the Battle for Talent panel at the ICv2.com Graphic Novels conference.

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Promotional flier. Sometimes I feel that at every convention there's another convention going on to which I'm not invited.

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Minimalist mini-comics cover from Shaenon Garrity and Andrew Farago. I guess I understand the idea behind it. I liked Traveler when I was a kid.

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A David Chelsea mini-comics mini-collection cover. David Chelsea was one of the surprise guests for me at Stumptown. Plus, from the looks of him now, he was 13 years old when he was making the David Chelsea In Love comics, which is fairly impressive.

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Press pass from Stumptown. Clean design and you can read the name, which is sadly more than enough to make it the best press pass in the history of comics shows. I liked the lanyard just fine as lanyards go, although I'm a big fan of the stickpin for ensuring people can see names.

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See what I mean? This is a horrible badge.

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A couple of art show postcards I received. I liked the way both of these looked.

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Little program booklet for the ICv2.com graphic novels conference in New York. I wasn't even aware this publication existed until I pulled it out of my pocket.

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Three postcards from the Act-I-Vate webcomics collective, shoveled into my hand by a high-energy Dean Haspiel.

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Two lovely postcards from Robert Goodin, America's Roger Langridge.

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Shannon Wheeler giveaways put into my hand by Dean Haspiel. No, actually they were given to me by Shannon Wheeler himself in respectful fashion.

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I've been lugging this around in my backpack despite the fact I could have left it in my mailbox at home. It's the program for the new Jeff Smith art show.

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This is a sticker. I hate stickers.

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Jor-El, scientist-citizen of Krypton, as illustrated by enthusiastic Portland booster Scott Mills. Mills is doing cartoon illustration commissions again after some time off. I've given or received about a half-dozen of Mills' cartoons, and recommend them, particularly if you have a completist fan-friend or your friend likes an odd or offbeat character.

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