TAAFI done for another year: it must be viewed as a success, as I had an actual table and was selling something for the first time ( apart from Ad Astra last year..)
Has been said before, but while exhausting, these things are energy builders. its a curious thing, something that really is very inwards looking, only of interest to a niche crowd, can be a defining experience. Sales were slow, only sold about 5 books, didn't come anywhere close to covering costs, but somehow it doesn't matter. Great to see and talk to so many folks, great to have everyone there to help out the fest.Lots of advice and tips on how to improve the presentation, which I will take to heart. Do more Mary Blair type art, I suppose. Or cheesecake.
Didn't have a chance to go to any panels or screenings, except my own: a half hour demo up in the classroom on the 4th floor, reasonably well attended, and which i felt was successful because i winged it, and made a coherent presentation. then the big masterclass on Sunday afternoon, also reasonably attended considering the late slot in the schedule, but not quite so successful in presentation - ihad prepred way too much material and ended up rushing through it. had to slide throught a couple of points where i wasn't sure of my facts. Well, next time. And will follow up here and elswhere online. Great tech help by the all the crew: Reese, Bianca, Stephanie, Natali, thanks!
Separate shout out to Nick Hendricks, former student, present friend, thanks tons for handling the table while i took off to drink beer- you are very deserving of your good fortune in life!
Thanks to Ian Heier for the pic;