I'm home from Tokyo Big Sight and my feet are set on "hurt like hell", but I had an amazing time. I got to meet some greats, sold a good number of books, promoted the Hexenringe webcomic (http://hexenringe.blogspot.com, still promoting :c) ), made some contacts, and picked up some great books!
This was the chaos that was the "patokon" booth.
Jim R. really helped out with the boothing and stuff.
Tomoko Hirabayashi, the artist of Hexenringe, and I gave out sketches to people who purchased the Preview Book Her sketches are the really tight ones.
I sold out of the American Comic Sound Effect Dictionary again (woohoo!) and the preview book did really well, but the Zombie Alphabet book didn't do great. It could have been the price and the fact that there's no Japanese (or maybe the art, but I don't wanna go there).
After the event, there was an After-Party and I got to talk to two of my favorite Euro comic artists - Guarnido (Blacksad) and dePins (Péchés mignons). They were both really nice. I didn't even bother trying not to be a complete fanboy. I also talked to Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira) for quite a bit.
I got the feeling that he is still trying to get out of the shadow of the huge, hulking masterpiece he created.
Brian Stone and Matt Loux were there with their new book Thunderclaw, which I can't wait to read. I loved Matt's Salt Water Taffy that I bought at this same event last year.
Thanks to everyone who came and showed their support!