No longer content to simply visit conventions as a mere spectator, I got a table at the recent Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Not only that, but I was nominated for their annual Ignatz Award, in the category of "Outstanding Minicomic." Read on for the whole exciting saga!
Here's me, Pat, behind the Lunchbreak Comics table, hawking comics to unsuspecting passersby. Working hard, or hardly working? You decide.

Stan (The Wang) Yan. I spent three solid days staring at this guy's face. Because his table was directly across from mine, not out of any kind of man-crush or anything.

Raina Telgemeier (Smile) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Elementary), campaigning hard for the one candidate everyone can get behind: Dave's and John Green's "Teen Boat."

Left: "Max Hamm: Fairy Tale Detective" creator Frank Cammuso. Right: "Spider-Man 2" supervillain Dr. Otto Octavius. All I'm saying is, I've never seen them both in the same room.

Me with "Supernatural Law" creator Batton Lash. I can't say enough good things about this man. He made SPX an outstanding experience for me.

Speaking of supernatural, here's the supernaturally talented Roger (Fred the Clown) Langridge. The guy is a phenomenal artist, and I was honored to be nominated for an Ignatz in the same category as him.

Now that I think of it, I've also never seen fellow Pittsburgher Jim Rugg (Street Angel), in the same room as that jackass from "Dude, Where's My Car?"

If you want a really high light-bulb changed, or if you want to read really great comics, might I recommend the extremely tall, extremely talented Paige Braddock (Jane's World)?

Stick-figure genius Matt Feazell (Cynicalman) reads "Giant-Size Office Funnies" and contemplates a lawsuit.

At the awards ceremony, they put the covers of all the nominated comics up on a big screen. I didn't win, but looking back at this picture, I'm really thankful just to have been nominated. And also that I'm not going bald.

Carla Speed McNeil (Finder) proudly displays her Ignatz Award for "Outstanding Series" after the ceremony Sunday night.

I didn't have a funny way to end this, until I got my film developed and found this picture, still on my camera from MoCCA: The Naked Cowboy. Enjoy.




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