So remember when I said I was done with appearances for a little while? Yeah, not so much.

I’ll be appearing this Wednesday, May 26 at Book Expo America, held at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. I’ll be signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Image Comics booth, #4567, and giving away copies of Artifacts #0.

BEA is presented by Reed Exhibitions, the same folks who put on the New York Comic Con and the recent C2E2 show in Chicago. The catch is, BEA is not open to the public. It’s for booksellers, publishers, librarians, teachers and frankly anybody else who manages to get registered. If you’re planning to be there, please come by the Image booth and say hi. Todd McFarlane (you’ve heard of him, right?) is scheduled to sign from 2 to 4 p.m., so I’m kind of the warm-up act.

This is my second year in a row at BEA, and it’s a comfy change of pace from a comic con. Comic shows have their own charm, of course, but BEA has a more civilized air, and it’s certainly a lot quieter. Nobody dressed up like Klingons or Sailor Moon, either. Last year while I was signing, my wife got to wander the floor and got to see Julie Andrews giving an interview from a close vantage. One of my wife’s favorite movies is “The Sound of Music,” so this was a pretty big deal for her. Further proof that marrying a writer has its advantages.

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