IVP - Strangely Dim - Back from the Wack

August 12, 2005

Back from the Wack

I'm back from the Wizard World: Chicago comic book convention. I've written a report on my experience for Infuze magazine, but I'll give you some quick highlights here.

1. People at a comic book convention much prefer books with pictures to books without pictures. You'd think there was no such thing in the world as a book of straight prose, based on the curious looks I got from people when they started flipping through our books on offer.

2. InterVarsity casts a longer shadow than I would have thought. A LOT of people came by saying either "What's InterVarsity doing here?" or "Glad to see InterVarsity here!" Usually no matter where I go, the more common comment is "What's University Press?" Further evidence that comic book readers are more literate than anybody else in the world.

3. If you're going to be stuck at a table for four days, make friends with the people stuck by you. I don't care how introverted you are, by hour eighteen you will WANT to talk with someone--even the guy in face paint and latex pants. Fortunately my friends Al, Carey and Mark Smith from IVP came to hang out with me at different points during the convention, and I reconnected with some folks I met last year, and I made some new friends in the comic book industry.

This weekend is the Fest for Beatle Fans, which will bring me in contact with a whole different set of obsessed fans. Till next time, then, enjoy your obsessions; I'll be sure to enjoy mine.

Posted by Dave Zimmerman at August 12, 2005 4:04 PM Bookmark and Share

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Lisa Rieck is a reader and writer who likes to discuss good ideas over hot drinks and gets inspired by the sky. She takes in all kinds of good ideas as a proofreader for InterVarsity Press.

Rebecca Larson is a writer/designer/creative type who has infiltrated IVP's web department, where she writes and edits online content. She enjoys a good pun and loves the smell of freshly printed books.

David A. Zimmerman is an editor for Likewise Books and a columnist for Burnside Writers Collective. He's written three books, most recently The Parable of the Unexpected Guest. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/unexpguest. Find his personal blog at loud-time.com.

Suanne Camfield is a publicist for InterVarsity Press and a freelance writer. She floats ungracefully between work, parenting and writing, and (much to her dismay) finds it impossible to read on a treadmill. She is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and blogs at The Rough Cut.

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