It’s been an up and down day.
Up: Easy time driving out to the Brooklyn Comics & Graphics Festival (BCGF), found a parking spot half a block from the site, and had no line for gas on the way out of NJ.
Down: The panel discussion with Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman and Richard McGuire was too crowded to attend.
Up: We took the L train out to 14th & Union Sq., went down to the Strand, and I actually found a whole bunch of books I was looking for!
(L-R: The New Adventures of Jesus (Frank Stack), The Complete Short Novels (Anton Chekhov), Confessions of Felix Krull (Thomas Mann), Journey Into the Past (Stefan Zweig), Officers and Gentlemen (Evelyn Waugh), Lucky Jim (Kingsley Amis), and three Library of America editions of Philip Roth)
Down: After we left the Strand, the Sartorialist walked right by us on 5th Ave. and didn’t look twice at my wardrobe. (He didn’t have his camera with him, but I still felt deflated.)
Up: I had the lardo pizza for lunch at Otto.
Down: Back at BCGF, the exhibit halls were way too hot, so I had to go back to my car and drop off my jacket.
Up: Got to meet Richard McGuire, whose 1989 6-page comic Here changed the vocabulary of comics and the understanding of how time and space can be represented on the page. Learned that he’s working on a full-length book of Here. He was friendly and said he was interested in being a guest on the podcast.
Down: Left my business cards in my jacket, so I couldn’t give him one as a reminder.
Up: I had a good conversation with David Mazzucchelli, which I skillfully started by talking about one of his obscure short comics, not his superhero work from the 1980’s. (I later told him that his Daredevil comics were pretty awesome when I was 15 or 16 years old. He was happy that I grew up along with his art.)
Down: He has no interest in being on my podcast.
Down: Art Spiegelman gave me the cold shoulder while he was talking to a pal of mine outside the show.
Up: Bought an awesome little book by McGuire, and a new edition of Nilsen’s Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, about his girlfriend’s death from cancer.
Down: Nilsen drew an empty chair for his sketch on the book’s frontispiece.
Down: Made them really sad when I told them about Anders Nilsen’s follow-up book, The End, which has a 2-page spread that makes me want to cry.
Up: No one I talked to had any too-terrible stories from the hurricane and nor’easter. That makes it a good day.