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01:05 am: SPX: Before I forget everything and sink into my post-con funk.
Check out my flickr collection of photos from this con!

Caution, this entry will update frequently as I remember, edit and rename.

It is doubly worse with a convention like SPX, which is the cream of the northeastern crop of comickers. Everyone is interesting and friendly and fabulous, and you get home and you miss all the fun. I wonder if it's the festival atmosphere or the people I actually miss?

I was visited by no less than six readers of my comics from gURL.com. Last year it was just Dana (which made me giddy for months), so you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear, "Hey, I read your comics every Wednesday!" multiple times in one day!

Friday
Joe Komenda picked me and my crate up at 9am on his way up from Raleigh. Much to our chagrin, we realized too late that he should have come up the night before and slept on the guest cot instead of leaving his house at four in the morning. Oh well! The drive was lovely and filled with much entertaining conversation and comic industry gabbing.

Arrived at 1pm. Con opened at 2pm. We managed to set up in good time. I was distressed that our tables were in the back, on an end, which meant less than ideal traffic. HA-rumph. Made the best of it by using my stripper boots as card holders!

A man whose name escapes me recognized my comics and said that someone had submitted them to the Eisner Award nominations. He said remembered them because he was sorting through the considerations for said awards. Woot! And I got invited to room 510 for the Nerdlinger Awards at 10:30pm.

Dana and Miah came by later in the evening and hung out together. It was great seeing Dana again. Both of their lives are changing drastically. I bought Owly and Korgi books for Miah's unborn son because I can't go to her baby shower. Last year she was buying booties for someone else's shower. Gosh, how much happens in a year! We ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, but we couldn't really talk over the din. We hugged and agreed to get together again before another year passes.

Felt guilty for not spending time at the con networking, but no one had invited me to a con dinner that night, so nothing wasted! Went to the Nerdlingers to give my acceptance speech for the Best Trifecta of Comics About Masturbation (the Hat-Trick Vajayjay Award). Robin Enrico played Nine Inch Nails's "Last" while I spoke, and there was much cheering and rabble rousing. Many thanks to Katie for nominating me :) I now need to make a trophy cabinet to sit on my tables at cons, proudly displaying my Nerdling next to my Kim Yale. (The Kim Yale trophy being lost in transit and the Nerdling being a beer bottle, I'm sure it would make for an interesting commentary piece). I also need to put "Award Winning Creator Rachel Nabors" on every bloody comic I publish now. I wish I had thought of that sooner! Remind me.

Afte the awards, I caught up with Robin Enrico, whom I hadn't seen in a year. I wish I could have spoken with him more, but the awards were made out of beer, and everyone was a churning mass of inebriation. I eventually churned my way out of the room and sought calmer, less warm and testosterone-infused digs. I joined Joe and company in the hotel bar and had a Flirtini. Somewhere along the conversations, a young lady whose name (if you know it, it is on the tip of my tongue) escapes me, coined the term "clitorati." I think there should be a zine or a site by this name. Who's with me?

Saturday
This was the day that fans started popping up. I had the pleasure of meething Laura, who coerced her aunt into driving her to the convention center just to see me! It occurred to me that I get an awful lot of attention from girls seeking more female-friendly and female-owned comics, so I started insisting that other female comickers I met send me links to their sites along with banners so I could start a Hall of Chicks Comics page on my site and spread the love.

I made a point of trying to walk to tables and introduce myself on Sunday, but there wasn't enough time to look at people's comics or do more than introduce myself and get their names. I did stop by several publisher's booths, mainly Adhouse and Oni, something I never have done before. Yay for me! I was a dear in the headlights when I learned that the man (James) I was introducing myself to was The Editor at Oni. I was lucky I remembered to give him a copy of my latest mini, but I failed to introduce myself as the winner of the fabulous Kim Yale Award.

Oh, how I kick myself in hindsight.

I sold out of my posters at last, so I turned the display board around and wrote "Buy my comics or buy me chai," on the back, which I hung out infront of my table. Paul, the motorcycling staffer, was the first to bring me a chai and he was swiftly followed by my friend Brett from the Combichrist show in DC. Justin Jordan, a nice man I don't get to see enough of, invited me to join he and his companions for shish kabobs, but I lost his number, so Brett and I went out for yummies at Tara Thai. I did feel bad that I wasn't networking, but I was pretty damn tired and was happy to spend time quietly with a friend. When I came back, the Ignatz Awards party was still going strong. A bunch of tartlets were heading out to Karaoke, but I needed to change shoes and was too late to join the excursion, much to my dismay, sniffle. So I went to the after party, had fondue, and ran out of business cards. As I trudged up the stares, I began to lean forward such that by the time I reached the top of the flight, I was crawling. When I got back into the room, I didn't want to go back downstairs, I was so tired. It was only midnight, and I know that last SPX I went much longer. But last SPX I didn't have school or deadlines that kept me up for 24 hours the week before. I accepted that I had done my best and settled my unusually good-feeling feet into bed.

Regrets
I wish I could have done the following: Stop by Robin and MK's, Raina's and Keeling's tables more frequently. Go out to Karaoke with the girls on Saturday night. Stay up late at the Ignatz afterparty. Go to dinner with Justin Jordan and company. Go swimming in the hotel pool.

Special Thanks to...
Joe Komenda for being the best con partner evah!
The people who brought me chai.
The fans who came to my table and didn't run when I gushed all over them.

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From:mckenzee
Date:October 16th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
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Hi. I'm Joe's Friend from the Kilt Brigade, also known as mckenzee, creator of Sinister Bedfellows.
From:glitchphil
Date:October 16th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Definitely recognized you when I saw you.

GAH. WHY WASN'T I THERE?!
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From:crowhen
Date:October 16th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Dude, should have been there (preferably in a kilt).
From:glitchphil
Date:October 16th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
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I don't think I could get away with wearing a Kilt.

I may be a quarter Scottish, but I'm 100% fatty XD
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From:crowhen
Date:October 16th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
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So are most Scotsmen. Put the damn kilt on now!
From:glitchphil
Date:October 16th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Yes ma'am :3
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From:dirkdada
Date:October 16th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
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"Stay up late at the Eisner afterparty."

[whispers nonchalantly in crowhen's ear] Psst. The Ignatz after party.
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From:mckenzee
Date:October 16th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
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I love it when you tilt your head and whisper nonchalantly like that.
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From:arienna
Date:October 16th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
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You guys are dorks. :P
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From:crowhen
Date:October 16th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
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It's comics. They're all dorks! Molestable dorks, too.
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From:arienna
Date:October 16th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
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True that! :D
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From:dirkdada
Date:October 16th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
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wait, was there molesting going on at SPX and I missed it?

that'll teach me to stop throwing the schedule in the trash.
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From:crowhen
Date:October 16th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
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No, no, I was under strict no-molestation policy at this convention.
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From:dirkdada
Date:October 16th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
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ah, mckenzee. always the flirt.
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From:crowhen
Date:October 16th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Damn, I'm not getting enough sleep! I'll fix it. Thank you! I know what I was typing... slip of finger!
From:glitchphil
Date:October 16th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
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WOO! Congrats on the award!!!

I will come find you there next year, this I swear.
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From:crowhen
Date:October 16th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
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You'd better, or you will face the wrath of my riding crop!
From:glitchphil
Date:October 16th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Pssht. You think I'd regard that as a THREAT?

Giggiddy giggiddy GOO.
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From:crowhen
Date:October 16th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
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You'll think it a threat when it's crammed up your tush!
From:glitchphil
Date:October 16th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
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I stand behind my previous Giggiddy giggiddy goo.
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From:crowhen
Date:October 16th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I had no idea internal bleeding was so arousing for you!
From:glitchphil
Date:October 16th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm easy to please.
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From:crowhen
Date:October 16th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Well, I let him interrupt, and when I tried to turn back to you, you were talking to someone else. After awhile I was severely in need of a quieter, more bar-like setting. Crowded rooms kind of weird me out. But it so pissed me off that that was the one time I got to say hi to you. I'm sorry. Will you be going to any of the conventions I listed in my other post? Maybe we can try again?

And yes, I was wearing hot pink garters, so what I was wearing underneath everything was just as kick ass as what I was wearing on the outside.

Knew I was going to regret missing the karaoke. If I had known you were going, too, I would have forced myself to get my comfy shoes on faster! But I was sooooo tired...

Between crappy location and my being burned out on school and deadlines, this SPX was not as successful as last year's, but at least I wasn't being stalked! I'm glad I seemed to pull it off and make a good impression. But how have you been let down? Feel free to drop me a line.
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From:crowhen
Date:October 16th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
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And this is why I never bring significant others with me to cons or make out with anyone at cons. Cons strain relationships to their breaking points and past. Dating a fellow comicker has gotta be tough as hell in that regards, even though I've watched people pull it off. I'm sorry it went down. You should have bugged me. I had slower traffic, stuck in the back like I was.

consider going to some of the smaller cons in the Philly area, like Wizard World, on foot. It's loads of fun and you can start making new friends. As always, if you need someone to talk to, I am a good listener.

Fell better and don't give up!
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From:vampromero
Date:October 18th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)

re: flickr

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Your hair's pretty. Are you gowing it out?
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From:crowhen
Date:October 18th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)

Re: re: flickr

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My hair stylist refuses to cut it shorter lately. What do you think?
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From:vampromero
Date:October 29th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)

Re: re: flickr

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Lovely, of course.

I should like to see all the things your hair can do.
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