Sunday, August 19, 2012

district comics signing at one more page books, arlington, va

Earlier today I drove out to Arlington, Virginia to participate in the "District Comics, An Unconventional History of Washington, DC" book signing at One More Page Books.  Living about an hour away in Leesburg, I decided to get off to an early start, since we lost the GPS and I'm good at getting lost. Needless to say, the shop was very easy to find, located right on the edge of Falls Church, just down the road from the State Theater.

It was a rainy, somewhat dreary but peaceful afternoon and thankfully not very hot, like most of the summer was. I was glad to get to this wonderful little shop early, and was able to browse around some and talk with the employees who were kind as ever.  Soon after, Matt Dembicki and his wife Carol arrived at the shop.  It wouldn't be long until the place was jam-packed with not only about twenty of the book's authors and illustrators, but folks who bought copies of the book. Matt also had his marvelous new Xoc book for sale there, who he worked on with local artist Evan Keeling who did an amazing job adding color to Matt's already fabulous drawings and story. I made sure to pick up a copy, along with a couple of copies of District Comics, signed by everyone there today. 

The physical copy is alive and well in Arlington, Virginia, as One More Page Books is a beautiful little shop with something for everyone (above).

I managed to get a head start today, signing copies for the shop's awesome employees and owner (above). This was only just the beginning and I think my hand needs a day or two to recover now!

 Matt D. and Rand Arrington get off to an early start as well (above).

Most of the book's authors and illustrators have finally arrived (above)!

The place packed it in pretty early, and by around 4PM it was hard to even move around (above). This was a good thing though.

In addition to some cool goodies and prizes given away today, Matt, along with employee Terry Nebeker raffled off some of his great Xoc-inspired drawings and art (above)!

Say cheese! Author and Illustrator group shot (above)!

Thanks to Matt Dembicki, who conceived of the book's idea and got the ball rolling, ultimately editing and contributing to a couple of stories in District Comics. Also, a big thanks to the wonderful folks at One More Page Books, the awesome people who bought a copy or two and came by for a signing and chat, and to the amazing people who made District Comics happen - the authors and the illustrators.