Monday night we had a presentation and signing at FNAC, a major bookstore, music, DVD chain. The room is full, with people standing at the back and on the floor around the sides.
On the left is popular Spanish cartoonist Mauro Entrialgo . His cartoons regularly run in the humor magazine El Jueves , and he has a bestselling book called How to be a Son of a Bitch. I thought he had come to do a signing with me, but all he wanted to do was tell the Spanish crowd how much he liked BONE. He said that compared to the standard 44 page albums that Europe is known for, BONE was a revelation. A long form work with enough room to explore characters and story. I hope I have that right, because it is very nice, and it would be embarrassing if I had my translation was wrong.
The highlight of two days in Madrid had to be seeing BONE racked with all the other new fiction bestsellers.
I was suspicious that FNAC had put BONE on the fiction wall just for my visit, but they assured me it was the second best selling book in the store. Not of graphic novels, but of all books! Even Lauriano was surprised.
The next day, we had a signing in a different downtown bookstore called Casa del Libro. Once again we found BONE racked with the new bestselling fiction books.
Later that afternoon, I went to the final signing of the visit at Madrid Comics, where the que wound its way up the stairs.
The people of Madrid are friendly, enthusiastic, and they love comics. We've done enough publicity to last for weeks, so everything's looking pretty good for our Spanish launch. Right. Off to Barcelona…