In that span of May 17s afternoon, SPX site dealt with a massive upsurge of respondents. Registration had begun, and those signed up to table their arts and publications came faster than altogether expected or experienced in previous years.
Dean Haspiel, frequent guest artist and one of 2012s guest of honors, aptly tweeted:
Looks like @SPXcomics is gonna need a bigger boat. Congrats on the overwhelming response. Cheers to indie/alt print comix!
For the duration the high volume traffic upheaved havoc right until that moment the official word came up on Twitter and the homepage that there were no more spaces. The feat of traffic what the SPX has not witnessed in nearly twenty years.
More updates than complaints from the would-be registrees came forward, which the SPX was able to answer with optional means to sign in and purchase spaces.
Tweets the likes of:
By the by, kudos to the @SPXcomics gang for handling all this with grace and good humor. We tease out of love. (And over-caffeination).
@SPXcomics thanks for doing everything you could to make this possible!
@SPXcomics I'm gonna give you guys the drink tickets this year for dealing with all that so gracefully
Let's all give massive hugs and love to @MDT_in_DC for being tireless and awesome today for @SPXcomics. Seriously, Mike is the best.
@SPXcomics It all worked out AND became a trending topic. #there #are #no #accidents
True enough, a hashtag attached to SPX trended that Sunday, and closed in at a top five spot. On the whole, it made the registering event for the event a never-before seen eventful day before the SPX stated that all spaces were “Sold Out”.
The Small Press Expo is on Sept. 14 and 15.