The difference that I noticed from 2005 (the last time that I attended) and 2009 is that there aren't as many zine vendors and there are more crafters. And the vendors were not as grungy as before. The alternative people are becoming mainstream, although many of the vendors did sport very colorful tattoos.
I didn't buy as much as I wanted, but I was able to pick up business cards and buy a few small items.
Starting from the top row , the story of the green bike rider and the tiny book were made by by Gutwrench (I think). She sells stories She will be starting to sell her items online soon.
The small business cards are for SquirrelBunny and Emilonious Designs. Besides having cool business cards, they have nice items on etsy.com
The booklet was made by Chris Crean, about his ancestor, Tom Crean, who was in Antartica with Ernest Shakleton (my personal hero!)
Top row - Journal made with different papers, including bamboo from BlueBird-Art
The High Voltage Camp is a great program that needs your support! The card was sold by Beth Bookstore.
Bottom row: Houston based writer, Hank Hancock, is writing a series called Broke. Born to Fight Dinosaurs takes pictures and then sews them to a heavy stockcard. This picture is of the Joan of Arc statue in the French Quarter. Dead Squirrel Girl tells of the adventure of a girl whose hat is a dead squirrel; the artist, Kristin Hogan, lives in Austin. One Book, One New Orleans bought a copy of Lewis Aleman's Cold Streak to nominate for the project. Aleman's book is set in New Orleans.
I bought a CD of old-fashioned, parlor music and bookmarks by Morella. And with this purchase, I drank some Absinthe, the previously forbidden drink. (It tastes like ouzo or anisado.)
Creeping Hemlock has a book that I want: Children of the Disorder. It reminds me of PD James'
I also checked out the following fun vendors. A future purchase is my wish.
- Amy Pain - Art of birds
- Savoy Truffle - Couture Jewelry and Accessories
- Nola Nicole Photography
- Ya Betta' Supa Don't (especially the street signs)
- Junk Medal - guitar picks
- Miss Malaprop - Blogs about handmade products in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast area.
There were other booths and I couldn't get to them all, but I hope to attend next year to buy goodies.