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24 June 2007 @ 08:59 am
Sunday morning here in New York. Overall MoCCA's going well. The sales aren't crazy high or anything, but the interactions with people attending the show have been really nice. The crowd here really loves graphic novels and seem to carefully look over almost every table, checking out material and interacting with creators. I'm used to the extremes of fanboys, intense collectors and people desperately trying to break in showing me their portfolios. This crowd just isn't wired that way.

I've heard about insane-crazy parties here in the past, but there didn't seem to be any social glue holding our crew together last night. We stopped by the Top Shelf Tenth Anniversary party, but I didn't recognize too many people there and the loud music made it almost impossible to carry on decent conversation, so we jetted to a BBQ party in Brooklynn hosted by Chris Hastings.

The weekend's felt a bit weird. I admit that I'm not used to sitting behind a table and selling myself to strangers. UDON stuff sells itself pretty easily to video game/anime fans and I've grown accustomed to that level of interaction with people. The advantage here being that when someone compliments the book or is drawn to it, it's all mine.

Like any large gathering of artists/creators, there's some weird social interactions. Everyone wants to be friends with the popular people and I've seen some really weird behavior from people as they jockey for attention or shy away from it. Don't get me wrong, people have been really nice but sometimes when I mentally stepped back I saw some odd behavior or overheard intense gossip that surprised me. Everyone's putting out their creations and fretting over how everyone else perceives it. They desperately want success and are a bit afraid of other people's success. Things I have to try to avoid (and will definitely stumble with) if I want to create more work on my own.

Okay, packing up and heading to the con.
Templar569templar569 on June 24th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
Hope the book sold well enough to make it worthwhile, Jim. Now get to work on the next project, darn it! :-)
blindmoleblindmole on June 24th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
yea .. spx is wired much the same way as this .. hence why i enjoy them so much .. but spx doesnt tend to have all the run off mocca has of people who arent into these type of comics and are just looking for somethin to do in new york,

spx the people are a little more into it cause they went out of their way to get there.

also it was really fun to meet you and talk video games and white wolf craziness last night!
Kimyunni on June 24th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say the social interractions are 'weird', just a little 'calculated' or 'tactical', at least when 'being friends with the popular people' are concerned. Nothing sinister, of course - it's perfectly normal; As in a sense, trying to make friends with more famed folk 'may' boost your chances or popularity. Why talk to the Beta when the Alpha is right there? Not always the case of course.
I admit if I bumped into someone I was a fan of, I'd be eager to make friends, although I'd be worried how I'd be percieved by the popular person - I'd worry that they might think I'm being a bit superficial and are just interrested in their fame, rather than the person themselves. Maybe that's why some fans shy away?

jenngojenngo on June 25th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
did your woman pass on my messages?
Carly Monardo: 'WWBD?'whirringblender on June 25th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Hey it was loverly sharing a table with you this weekend! America will miss the friendly Canadians :)
zubkavichzubkavich on June 26th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! You guys kicked butt.

Don't worry, we'll be back when you least expect it. :)