I also gave some of my hard-earned money to the award-winning cartoonist Jason Shiga. I love the cover of Bookhunter there at the bottom of the photo. Even though it's been out for a few years, I haven't read it yet, so I bought it. It's a tale of espionage and intrigue that takes place in the Oakland Public Library. Yes, the library. I can't wait to read it.
The writer and zinester Mahru Elahi, a friend of mine, was there selling her comic zine Blame it on Pluto. It's like a diary in comics covering a year of her life. A good read.
These aren't comics, but they grabbed my attention. They're cute and cheery cards by Laurie Coughlin of Motormouthpress. She specializes in food-themed cards and stationery. I'm a sucker for food, and a sucker for stationery, so I was pretty much a goner and had to take some cards home with me.
Here's the work at Hellen Jo's table. Not only is she a talented musician, but a cartoonist as well. Her boyfriend Calvin Wong is a cartoonist in his own right. Here, Calvin looks on with envy as Hellen eats the last bit of a donut. Listen to this interview with Hellen and Calvin over at Comix Claptrap (which is run in part by Thien Pham.)
Even Goh Nakamura bought some comics.
Goh played some songs outside the Zine Fest and in other parts of Golden Gate Park with our friends The Invisible Cities. By the way, they'll all be going on a mini tour soon, hitting up Chicago, L.A., Austin, New York and Seattle (not necessarily in that order). Dates and venues not confirmed yet but check their blog for developing info.
And that's day 1 of the zine fest. I'll be back Sunday for the how-to-start-a-magazine workshop. Hope to see you there. We'll be giving away some free back issues to the audience.