Here’s what I was doing this weekend! Fun times!
So, I made it through my first Toronto Canzine and it was awesome! I spent the days (and weeks) preceding it spazzing out and doing prep which, in hindsight, might have been a little excessive, but at least I’m ready for any small press expos that might spontaneously pop up in the next few months.
I ended up selling over 20 copies of my new zine, Singles (which is a collection of HoodieRipper short stories), and one copy of Molotov Hearts, so that was pretty rad. Honestly, I’m pretty thankful when anybody buys anything I’m selling in some kind of book fair context. I mean, you can look at a comic someone made and be like, “Well, the story might suck but the art is awesome,” but when you look at my book, it’s just like, “Well, you sure used a lot of words. Hopefully they’re in the right order.” So, thanks to anyone who took a chance on my stuff.
After I factored out printing costs and table fees and the cab ride home, I was probably at the break-even point, but I had to buy a copy of Liz Worth's new book PostApoc (a post-apocalyptic punk novel) and that sent me firmly (but happily) into the red. As if making money was my goal or something. Anyone who sells their shit at zine fairs with the intention of making mad stacks needs a hard smack upside the head.
Ultimately, a bunch of folks who had never heard of me before took a leap of faith on my writing, and I met a bunch of really cool people who make and do stuff. I’m very happy with how my weekend turned out. Thanks for the rad times, Canzine! I’m already looking forward to next year!