A few weeks back I was invited to participate in an all women comic market, organised by the team at All Star Comics in Melbourne (I cannot emphasise enough what a generous and amazing bunch of people they are) to coincide with Becky Cloonan’s in-store appearance.
Cloonan is an American comic creator, whose works include Batman, Gotham Academy, Demo, Killjoys, By Chance or Providence, among a long list of acclaimed titles. I was damn stoked to be even in her general vicinity. She was very gracious and patient and was happy to chat to each person. As one of the creators I got to cut in line to get my books signed, and while I felt a little awful for it, it’s probably the closest feeling to being VIP as I’ll get!
I didn’t have a lot of new work to show, given the short notice; my main features were my Catwoman75 zine (now in its second printrun!) and Trousseau zine (which I co-created with Kat from Book Thingo), and some fan art and original art prints. I’m perpetually stunned and humbled when a stranger wants to buy my art!
I got a few goodies from my neighbouring creators. I was thrilled to get a copy of Comfort Food Zine especially, since the next zine I am planning is very much comfort food related.
Some of the goodies I got from my fellow women creators at @ascmelbourne last Sat. And I got my Batman issue & Gotham Academy trade signed by Becky Cloonan. There go my earnings from the day ???? #cats #Daria #JaneLane #brunswick #batman #comics #zombies #romance #food #zines #melbourne #creators #prints #awesomeness A photo posted by Jennifer Wu (@hullojen) on
Afterwards I treated myself with a decadent chocolate sundae at the Lindt Cafe with my boyfriend. No regrets whatsoever!
TLDR: Becky Cloonan was awesome, my fellow creators were equally awesome, the All Star folks were awesome, awesome people bought my work and asked for sketches – it was an all round awesome day. I’m looking forward to more of these events (hopefully).