Despite the rain, a decent crowd turned out for the Brooklyn Book Festival, filling up the indoor spaces but still staking out spots for outdoor events like the talk with Sarah Silverman and even the graphic novel panels. The “International Graphic Novel” panel also had a special guest in form of a crazy lady who started shouting at the stage, though due to the crowds and weather it was hard for us in the audience to make out what she was saying, but Jessica Abel did her best on stage to hear the woman out.
The “Cabaret BBF Style” I mentioned was a bit of a bust; while I wondered whether they meant “comic” as in funny or as in the medium, it turned out to be neither. Perhaps the lack of a crowd in front of the Main Stage threw off their nerve a bit.
More enjoyable was the “Finding the Funny: The Humor of the Everyday” panel, which took place inside the Borough Hall Courtroom and featured John Hodgman, Sloane Crosley, Kristen Schaal, and Rich Blomquist. It really has nothing to do with comics, but I mention it so that you don’t think we were totally down on the festival.
Further images below the cut.