This was my second year running the Mix-Store, which is essentially a consignment based merch table for all of the presenters. While running the table often means that the only panels and workshops I get to take in are the ones I actually present in, it does give me a unique opportunity to meet most of the people involved and to view the action from a seat on the sidelines. Here are some bullet point thoughts:
Photo Above Yoinked from Facebook, taken by Danielle Smith. (I believe.)
Top Left to Right: Enrica Jang, Canada Keck, Lora Innes, Colleen Clark.
Bottom Left to Right: Margaret Syverud, Carol Tyler, Caitlin McGurk, Katie Valeska.
- Lookit Canada Go! Between her efforts with Sunday Comix and the newly minted Sketch ‘N Kvetch women’s artist group, Canada Keck has become one of the most productive comics scene organizers in town. Without her efforts neither Independents Day nor the Mix Symposium would’ve had the breadth of diversity that they both needed.
- Mix 2012 vs. 2013: I’m guessing that the attendance this year was about the same as last year’s symposium. I’d also say though that the attendees were more engaged this time around. Last year in between workshops and panels there were a lot of people just kind of merving around the Canzani Center. This year while the panels were in session the large hallway was empty.
- Lost In The Supermarket: Robert did a good job getting a range of presenters from both the field and from academia. Some of the non-academic presenters used to more conventional cons and fairs told me that they felt a little lost in the academic setting of the symposium. Not shut out or alienated, as much as not sure what to do in an unfamiliar setting.
- My First Panel: Late Thursday night I was asked to substitute for Lora Innes on the “Practical Advice” panel/workshop Friday morning. No problem. Anything for Lora… She gives out high-fives to people who help her and I love high-fives. My apologies to workshop attendees, though… My presentation consisted of thoughts about advice to artists submitting to publishers that I scribbled down a blank piece of typing paper at 11:30pm that night. Caffeinated to the gills, I shook, rattled and rolled my way through the material in about five minutes.
- My Second Panel: I had mostly smoothed out the caffeine jitters by the time my second panel, about the local Columbus Comics Scene, rolled around. Frankly, this one should have been more intimidating, as I really look up to my fellow panelists Tom Spurgeon, Bob Corby, Jenny Robb and Jeff Stang. When nervous and wanting to impress people I tend to ramble and swear like a sailor, but I managed to stay coherent through most of my talking points and only dropped one F-Bomb that I recall.
- Lookit James Go! I’ll confess that I was a little worried about James Moore running the above panel. He’s a young dude and, like me, tends to ramble when nervous. Apparently James wasn’t nervous. He succinctly aced his moderator duties, making sure all of the points he had hoped to get covered were and making sure that all the panelists were involved.
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Photo above yoinked from Facebook by Strangethings Moss.
Left to Right: John Jennings, Reynaldo Anderson, Stacey Robinson
The Saddest Email I Received All Weekend: John emailed me while enroute from Buffalo. After a couple of weeks of emailing back and forth about the Mix Store, he had managed to forget to pack copies of his book Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art &Culture.
Photo yoinked from Facebook, taken by Robert Loss.
Left, Seth Kumpf. Right, Me!