I spent most of Saturday at Staple! The Independent Media Expo. A small press comic convention here in Austin. It was great. Stan Sakai and Jeffrey Brown were the guest and both of the panels were great. I happen to be a huge Jeffery Brown fan so it was fun to get to meet him. I am super shy and dorky and I totally chickened out and Chris, who is the creator of Staple, came to my rescue and I got this gem of the three of us.
I was visiting my friend Doug in Los Angeles this past week. I woke up on Saturday to realize it was Free Comic Book Day. Doug was kind enough to drive me to lots of the Comic Stores in town he knows, and a few others he had heard of. We hit up Meltdown, Secret Headquarters and HideHo Comics.
We have a really awesome comic book store here in Austin with a really nice indie selection, but I was blown away by the comic stores we went to . Especially Meltdown, which was gigantic and had an amazing selection of everything. I was especially impressed with their local mini comics and the small press stuff. I haven’t been in a comic shop that large since Chicago Comics.
About forty blocks up on Sunset we went to The Secret Headquarters. This place is tiny but beautiful…all dark wood and nice lighting, more like an old library than a comic shop. I was amazed at the amount of books they were artfully and comfortably able to cram into their small little space. Plus, did I mention that it was mostly European and Small Press Titles? I was really impressed, really.
I found the parking signs at Hideho amusing.
Instead of just being happy with my free comics. I went out of my mind buying tons of comics that I could not afford. I suppose that is part of the point.
“So, Jennifer, what did you do in L.A.?” “Oh, I bought comic books for a week…and ate.”
Here is a small glimpse at what I got…
I hope you got your free comic books this year.