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Yaaaaaaaawn it sure has been some time since we updated this here old Tumblr. Were you afraid that we ODed on experimental icing meant only to create a super army? I’ve had many nightmares detailing such a situation, but they’ve yet to come true.
So, we’ll be at PIX this year with a rousing number of NEW comics for you to choose from: FIVE. That’s five more than last year! I can’t believe my sweaty eyeballs either. That image above is a sneak peak of what you can be purchasing for a mere $.50. “But what will I do with the other cash I have in my leather wallet I swiped from the dollar store?” you’re asking yourself. Well, we’ll have a number of t-shirts (not many!), cupcakes (pumpkin stuffed!), and five more comics than we had last year.
With all this great news to be had, something terrible was bound to happen. This year you’ll only have the pleasure of finding me, Dan, behind the booth. Kerry, the artist, has betrayed the tried-and-true Yanks and scurried on down south. She’s left behind a trail of cupcakes, laughter and sorrow. Mostly sorrow. I’m really worried that the booth’s charisma quota may not be filled this year, so if you were only coming by to say how great Kerry’s art is you can save your time. I heard there’s some Small Press Expo going on near the other side of the city and maybe there’s a Kerry clone there?
- This coming weekend Cupcakes and Comics will have a booth at PIX (October 8-9).
- I will be there (with some special guest) selling you t-shirts, cupcakes, and comics.
- Comics are only $.50 and gourmet cupcakes are only $1.50.
- T-shirts are limited and will cost $10. They’re hand-screened!
- There will be a weird mixture of bundles and packages to confuse you into spending more money than you need to and supporting a business that in no way should ever have made it this far (which isn’t really that far, but still exciting nonetheless).
Hit us up on Twitter if you have any questions or comments.
Kerry and I have had the pleasure of exhibiting in a wild assortment of places. It’s been an awesome journey and I want to take a second to think about how far we’ve come!
Our debut table was in the heart of Polish Hill here in Pittsburgh. We didn’t know anything about table Feng Shui back then, or even what we were doing. We did have a cooler full of cupcakes, some poster board and two outrageous comics to sell.
We learned little at Polish Hill except that the sun gets very hot and most of the people were disappointed we had cupcakes in the cooler instead of water.
After Polish Hill we heard about an opportunity to showcase at the Strip District Flea Market. “The Strip District! That’s big time!” we thought. We imaged being surrounded by market goers preparing for the next Steelers’ game. Unfortunately, there was no Steelers’ game that weekend and the flea market was in an abandoned field on the edge of the Strip District that was probably home to a thriving colony of ticks. We actually bought a table for this outing, planning to return it after the single use. We fell in love with the table and just couldn’t part with it.
Astute readers will notice we were also trying to sell people invisible cupcakes for $250. We had several inquiries, but no real takers.
Next was PIX! This was what we’ve been gearing up for and I’d say this was our best booth yet. We had some real-estate to showcase our five comics as well a glass display case for our cupcakes. We were particularly proud of the use of the column on the right side of the picture. The best thing about this is that we actually weren’t the worst booth there!
After PIX, we decided to showcase at the Lawrenceville Lil’ Flea. We shared some space with our pal, Joe, from 4H Comics. We were cramped on our little table, but we had a blast trying to sell our comics to strangers. We actually met a man who was part of some underground comic group and, of course, we game him our home addresses without thinking twice.
Shortly after the Lawrenceville Lil’ Flea I broke our glass display case. It was incredibly depressing.
Most recently was the I Made It! Market booth. We ditched that ratty pink table cloth for a dazzling silver table cape that would make any prince jealous. We replaced the glass case with a fancy cupcake holder. I think it was an upgrade, but who knows? We also decided to go sign crazy. The less we had to explain the easier transactions went. I can’t get over how nice those stacks of comics look! That is booth Feng Shui at its finest, I reckon.
So that’s our booth retrospective. What kind of booth will you see from us at S.P.A.C.E? I’m not sure, but if you have any grand ideas let us know in the comments! We’ll have t-shirts, 5 more comics and maybe a raffle box! You’d like to enter a raffle wouldn’t you? Ideally, we’d have some sort of piñata, but I’m not sure Bob, the show organizer, would be too happy with that…
Today was the final day of PIX, a first for Pittsburgh and a first for me. Though my sister and I launched this Cupcakes and Comics mess a few shorts month ago, this event couldn’t have come at a more perfect moment.
First, we’ve mostly sold our wares at low-traffic flea markets. With two flea markets under our belt, we went into PIX unsure of how a comic crowd would actually take to us. Most of the time we sell a cupcake for $1.50 and our customer, willing to keep their pockets coin free, opt to purchase a comic for $.50. To say Cupcakes has only been the foundation of our business so far would be an understatement. But PIX brought a demographic that thrives on quirky comics you can’t find in just any store. We had people come buy and purchase our entire line, and were enthusiastic about it! It was awe inspiring and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity. It really has affirmed that we’re onto something great.
Secondly, we had the opportunity to meet some amazing artists who really have their head on right. Let me just list a few of them here.
Our booth neighbor, Stephen Haynes, had some killer posters and is a stand-up dude. He bought a few cupcakes from us and was an absolute blast to share space with. Even though his art has been showcased across the country, he was incredibly welcoming to us and we shared a bucket of laughs.
I met Kevin Czapiewski in the elevator pretty early on in the morning. He traveled from Cleveland to hang out at PIX and I would encourage you to check out his webcomic, Spoilers. I asked him if it was all about video game spoilers and he assured me it was not. It’s about a girl who wants to disappear completely and things get wild. He was incredibly cool. Next time you’re in Cleveland, find his comics!
Paul Swartz came from Vermont to table at PIX and I couldn’t be happier he did. He had available The Magnificent Mockinbird Presents: A Vanishing Act that I just devoured. The colors are magnificent and the story is full of chuckles. I am disappointed that it ends in a cliff-hanger. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of his work in the future!
Lena H. Chandrok also came from Vermont to hang out at PIX. She made her own board game (it involves Yetis and is quite adorable) and she threatened to throw-up in front of our booth (She wasn’t going to really, a baby did earlier in the day and she was only joking. I hope). We swapped a few comics and I regret not getting more from her. If you ever have a chance to get a hold of her work, do it!
Carl Antonowicz, you guessed it, ALSO came from Vermont! From him we got a comic about money. It goes much deeper than that, and is quite the adventure, but I don’t want to spoil anything. He’s a stand-up kind of guy and am glad he traveled such a long way for PIX. I thought I might regret him coming since he wrote on his blog, “You might regret it, but I find that highly doubtful, unless someone catches on fire whilst spewing racist epithets at the top of their lungs.” That didn’t happen, so everyone wins!
I talked with Seth Fronzoli on twitter prior to PIX and wasn’t sure what to expect when I met him. He was super nice and extremely enthusiastic about comics. And coffee. I think I saw him walk back and forth to the coffee stand 5 times, but I could be wrong. He writes Explorers of the Unknown and Shawn Atkins draws it. They are both superb at what they do. Plus, you’re guaranteed to see a few goggles. You can never have enough goggles and it’s something I’ll be writing into The Chronicles of Captain Cupcake.
Apartment 4-H is a webcomic about the four horseman of the apocalypse who get an apartment together. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. It’s drawn by Joe Medwid and written by David Rhodenbaugh. I met Joe and at first I thought we were going to be arch enemies, but things turned out a-okay. I’d say he’s a very dedicated/talented/smart artist, but what do I know about art?
Marcel Walker was lucky enough to be stationed just a few tables away. This guy is incredibly enthusiastic and a wonderful Pittsburgh artist. He absolutely adored our cupcakes and I’d say 70% of our cupcake sales were because of him.
Bill Volk writes some off-the-wall comics that I can’t stop reading. We traded comics with him and came away with The Dewey Decicmal System is Decadent and Depraved and a comic about Abraham Lincoln who is part octopus (I can’t find it right now and I’m very ashamed about this). I feel like we ripped him off. It’s hilarious stuff and I can’t wait to see more of it!
Mike does some cool comics featuring Smoky the Bear and planet earth. He was tabled next to us with a girl who was super nice and I can’t remember her name at the time. I am so so so sorry! They had shirts, some cross-stitching, and drove all the way from Philadelphia!
So that’s most of the people I met at PIX. I hope I didn’t forget about, but it’s late and I have to eat all the cupcakes we didn’t sell. It was a grand experience that really drives home the importance of the indie-comic. It’s like nothing else you can purchase in a store, or from a large publisher. They’re so honest, frank and genuine that you really feel a connection to the piece. At least I do anyways. I’ll be cherishing these comics for quite some time.
Big thanks to Bill at Copacetic Comics for putting this all together!