Friday afternoon I headed up to Minneapolis in a rainstorm, which quickly abated by the time I got to the I-90 split, and turned into a beautiful Midwestern fall day.
Stopped first at Big Brain Comics, which surely has to be one of the best comic shops in the country, even if it's run by an unrepentant Packers fan. Owner Michael and I talked football as I browsed, and then it was time for bed.
Drove over to Zak's place where we stayed up too late talking and trying to watch Dark Star before nodding off. I got up early the next day and headed over to the Twin Cities Zine Fest.
The Spit and a Half table, Twin Cities Zine Fest
Zine fests are the best. And this one even had vegan gluten free muffins for the exhibitors!
Uncivilized Books Head Honcho Tom K., with Gabrielle Bell's new book The Voyeurs.
TCZF organizer Lacey Prpic Hedtke, with muffins.
Spit and a Half intern Marissa Luna, hard at work.
Kings of the Minneapolis comics scene, Robert Kirby (left) and Tom K., discuss which territories to conquer next, and how said territories shall be divided upon conquering.
These dudes were offering free silk-screening fun. Above, the print I pulled. Viva la Papier!
The Fly Away Zine Mobile was out in the parking lot.
Zine Mobile driver, janitor, and CEO Debbie Rasmussen.
Why am I always the last one to leave?
I had a couple hours after Zine Fest closed before I had to be at Boneshaker Books for a signing . So Zak and I went out for tacos, con los munchkins.
Anders Nilsen at Boneshaker.
The reading went well. Boneshaker was a wonderful shop, well curated, and full of community energy.
That night: Comics makes for strange bedfellows.
Isaac, looking a lot like Papa.
I LOVE YOUSE GUYS.
Heading back home, with the first half of Bear-Rams on the radio.
(1400 pound pumpkin.)