That board there on the table (and was featured on the cover page for this chapter) is a hnefatafl board. I can’t say it’s like chess because we don’t really know exactly how it was played. But it was a pretty popular board game for vikings. I think at its core the object was to defend a “king” piece from other attackers.
REMINDER: I’ll be tabling at AwesomeCon in Washington DC this weekend! I’ll be at table H7 with my friend Hannah. Come see us and buy things! :DDD I’m hoping to have a new Arne print ready by then.
My first SPX behind a table was AWESOME. I don’t have a lot to compare it to, but it was so great to participate in such a friendly, positive show! Our neighbors were friendly, the attendees were friendly, other exhibitors were friendly, everyone was just so friendly! It was amazing to be surrounded by so many people who were so eager and excited about indie comics and art. Quite a few of you readers showed up too, and I can’t thank you enough for stopping by! It’s so invigorating. It also cemented my resolve to get a trade of TMK out within the next year. I might even start a new Kickstarter within the next month! Would it be tacky if I just reused the same video?
Oh right, back to SPX! My friend Hannah and I tabled next to some awesome people. On one side was Ananth Panagariya and Yuko Ota of Johnny Wander, Tom Siddell of Gunnerkrigg Court, and Magnolia Porter of Monster Pulse. On the other side was Ben Fleuter of Derelict, Natasha Petrovic, and Cat Caro, and there was another guy I didn’t get a card from but was so nice I’m so sorry!!! Everyone I met was so nice and encouraging. I even found out Carla Speed McNeil reads (or has read) TMK, since she suggested it to one person to come to my table. I gave her a bonus comic in thanks, and she was so nice. EVERYONE IS SO NICE.
Just two days at SPX has invigorated me more than three days at AwesomeCon did. Everyone attending SPX was so excited about comics and art, they knew what to expect and they were eager to find new comics to read. It inspired me to keep going, to try harder, to look for other conventions to show at. It definitely lit a fire to get a trade put together, and try another Kickstarter. Keep an eye out for that, for sure. ;3
To all the readers who came by, and to any new readers who found me through SPX, thank you so much for reading! I love all you guys. <3