So after a decent night’s sleep, I made my way back to Javits, to partake of various professional panels and then hit the show floor. But before the panels, I took more pictures! (Man, I love this press pass!)
After exiting the taxi and walking up to the Blue entrance, I noticed this. Not a bad bit of marketing… St. Mark’s gets around Midtown’s megabooth and the competition with all of the other retailers on the show floor. This is across the street from Javits, near the corner of 37th Street.
After two panels on the Common Core Standards and how graphic novels can be utilized to meet those requirements, I recharged my phone in the press hall, and then moseyed on down to the show floor.
I wandered aimlessly, just looking around with no particular agenda. While talking with the folks at the Topps booth, I met a family of three, with a middle school son. I slipped into bookseller mode, and asked the parents what they liked to read, what they wanted to see. The father liked science fiction, so I recommended Saga, and then led him around the corner back to 2000 AD! While he got the spiel, I discovered the mother liked Archie, as well as non-fiction. So I recommended 1) her local library, and 2) First Second Books.
Soon after, I needed liquid refreshment, and exited the show floor, heading over to Artists Alley where the food lines would be shorter. A quick snack and a bottle of coke kept me going, as I wandered the aisles.
Up front in Artists Alley is The Artist’s Choice, which has bins filled with well-known artists. I found Keith Giffen’s section, and picked up two pages from Ambush Bug. They are splash pages, but were nicely priced, so I blew my budget there. (Nice lettering as well… John Workman!)
I didn’t realize he would be signing there Saturday, but I won’t schlep it back.
I chatted with some other interesting artists (Sanya Anwar, Jim McCann), then made my way back to the show floor to pick up…
Over at the Titan Entertainment booth, they were featuring the Weeping Angels Statue of Liberty and Doctors of many colors. (Wouldn’t that make a cool night light?) I then asked if it were possible to merchandise Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death, the very first Doctor Who episode written by Steven Moffat. Very unlikely, as the celebrity clearances would be difficult and tempermental.
Titan had the last few limited edition copies of Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz left over from San Diego. I discovered the posters when he first began the project, and this edition was bargain priced at $50! Signed and numbered, with a print! The regular edition is $39.95, with is also what a four-poster set of prints would cost. So I charged it to my credit card. (This might be my Christmas present to myself.) Then I picked up my checked backpack, filled it up with my treasures, and walked to Times Square for dinner and blogging.
General opinion: good crowds, but still easy to move around. Tomorrow? ohgawdohgawd’oh! Maybe I’ll just stay up in the Press Room and do Watchtower duty…