- Posted by Johanna on October 12, 2006 at 5:46 pm
- Category: Comic News
I’m heading off to SPX tomorrow, but I’m not as excited about it as I hoped I’d be, and I’m not the only one. I’m hoping that once I get there, I enjoy it a lot, and this is just my disappointment over having to find my way to a new location. There are some debut books I’m really looking forward to seeing.
Regardless, I cut back my plans so that I can leave as soon as I’m done on Saturday. That will also help me cut costs, although I’ll have to miss the Ignatz Awards. If you want to find me, I’ll be wearing some kind of maroon shirt and carrying a cinnamon-colored leather messenger bag.
In other convention news, Lea Hernandez points out that this year, 25% of the featured guests at San Diego are women, a great improvement from last year. Yay! Then she broadly hints that she wants to be invited.
A fan takes her up on this and then gets upset that the person who responds (someone not part of the official convention staff, by the way) a) knows who Lea is and what she’s complained about in the past and b) doesn’t immediately say yes. He seems to go out of his way to take offense on Lea’s behalf and look for sexism in Jackie’s response.
I love Lea’s art and blogging and personality, but I have to say: this doesn’t surprise me. A convention makes a wish list of who they want there and who they can afford to pay for. Like any business, they want the best return on their investment, so they want to use their budget efficiently, inviting top names who will attract lots of paying attendees. They also may want people with lots of output or current hot books, because that allows their retailers to sell lots of related and/or high-priced merchandise. Another factor may include who will get you lots of press (like creators of current buzz books or award winners).
Lea, in my opinion, doesn’t qualify on any of these counts. She’s an internet personality, but so are lots of other people with much higher readerships. She’s done great books, but I’m not sure all of her graphic novels are still in print. And I don’t say this to minimize her important and historical contributions to comics, but that doesn’t really matter when it comes to getting tickets sold today.
Lea then takes her ball and goes home. Ok, that’s a mean way to put that, and I apologize. I think that if it’s going to cause her stress, stepping aside from it is the best thing for her, with everything else she’s got going on. (But still, if you’re going to publicly hint that you want to be asked out, you shoudn’t get too upset when you’re publicly rejected. And if you publicly badmouth the show and everyone involved, you shouldn’t be surprised that they don’t turn around and invite you to join them.)