Should I stay or should I go?

So apparently, the Small Press Expo is going to be this weekend in Bethesda. I’ve only taken note of this because Howard “Schlock Mercenary” Tayler and Jeph “Questionable Content” Jacques will be exhibiting there, and at the very least I don’t think Howard Tayler makes it out this far east very frequently.

However, that’s also about the extent of my interest in the goings-on there. I mean, I recognize a few of the other names that’ll be there, but they don’t register much more than a meh. So, is it worth driving down to the D.C. area (including — ick — a stretch on the Beltway and/or a really long ride on the Metro), finding parking, and paying a day’s admission to see all of two exhibitors? Which I guess would involve waiting in line, buying their merch, and having it signed, presumably in that order? (Not having been to a convention type thing like this, I don’t know for sure.)

Plus, the idea of going down around D.C. for the third time in one week isn’t terribly appealing either, but I’m open to being convinced to go.

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  1. Both webcomic authors seem to go out of their way to be incredibly fan-friendly, so I’m sure if you got the chance to meet them, they’d actually enjoy it instead of brushing you off as another signature to feed the machine. That said, Howard Tayler especially likes to mail out personalized books with drawings and autographs as well, and those are cheaper…

  2. But on the other hand, there’s apparently going to be some meetup of regional Schlock fans afterwards, for whatever that’s worth.

    It occurs to me I have no idea what order of magnitude of people that sort of thing would involve, or what size of lines there’d be at the convention itself for them.

  3. … And seeing as how any post-con get-together looks largely fizzled, that’s even less of a reason to go. Oh well.

  4. 1) I’m here thanks to some post-convention Technorati ego-surfing.
    2) I’m sorry you opted not to come down. We had a lot of fun at the show, and while there might not have been many names you recognized, there were piles upon piles of cool things to look at, peruse, and maybe even purchase. Parking at the hotel wasn’t too bad, either, or so I was told.
    3) The meetup didn’t fizzle, but it was about half the size these things usually are. We had a great time shooting the bull in the White Flint Mall food court, where there was some surprisingly good Texas barbeque.

    My next eastward appearance will be in Toronto next March. That’s probably too far away, though.

    –Howard

  5. Good to hear things worked out; when I had checked the Yahoo group the night before, there was still only one or two people who had any kind of confirmation they could make it.

    And yeah, Toronto’s a bit far for me.

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