* in fact, I'm scheduled to go to CAB -- I noted last week they have their programming up -- and I'm not sure I'm able to make that one due to cost. Ditto CALA in early December. I mention this mostly in case some random person ends up looking at me during one of the events, but also because we're entering a phase right after a phase where I think people were more aggressively doing shows than they will want or even be able to for the next five years. I've never been part of a trend before, but my hunch is I'll be part of one here.
* this is a good advice column about Short Run that applies to many shows of its type. I get what they're saying about not buying from the publishers with bookstore penetration at such events, but not everyone is locked into comics that way and not ever bookstore is willing to serve the mail-order needs of its fans. Buy what you want, that's what I say. Maybe try with some handmade material if that's not your cup of tea, because that really does speak to core values of such a show.