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london alternative press fair

Lookie, lookie, I had my own stall! This was a first for me and very exciting. And it couldn't have been a friendlier place; thanks to the huge publicity campaign by Jimi Gherkin and Peter Lally, the venue was PACKED. People were buying things, and stuff was flying off the tables! And I got to be next to two fab tablemates, my friend David O'Connell and a lovely guy I met for the first time, Wes White. (A third of a table each isn't much room, so I'm glad we three got on well!)

Funnily enough, the thing that sold the fastest and got the most attention was my little neighbour girl's two minis, go figure. She is destined for great things, that kid. Here are people fussing over them:

I had a few great LiveJournal moments, meeting joedecie (whose comic I mentioned recently), yunni, cdave and squirmy for the first time. (Hooray!) I also got to see harveyjames, ryclaude, mondoagogo, and got some great comics from Maartje Schalkx, Al Maceachern, Naniiebim (Louise Ho), Dr Parsons and a little packet of circus items from Divya Venkatesh, Simone Rodney-Foli and Stacey Roper. It was great to see loads of the Camberwell college illustration gang turn up (I plugged the fair rather mercilessly in my talk there last week), also Viviane Schwarz and Elissa Elwick, some SCBWI people including Alex Milway, Sue Eves, Kim Toohey and lots of people I'd met at Comics Creators Guild gatherings and at Oxford's Caption festival.

I wish I had taken more photos, but here's one with Will chamonkee and Dave tozocomic. Dave's going to let me share a table with him at the UK Web & Mini Comix Thing on 28 March, which should be more good fun.

Will Kirkby and Louise Ho were driving back up north the same night, and for some reason, Will thought it would be easier to leave his car at my place. But we came out of the fair to the deepest snow I've ever seen in London and it took us ages even to get back to mine. Good luck to Will, who is determinedly committed to showing up to work in Sheffield tomorrow morning!
Will and I had both planned to do Hourly Comics Day, but running a stall was pretty full-on, and I just couldn't manage it. But I'm looking forward to seeing other people's results here!

Edit: Dave's posted a fab drawing of our table and some photos here!
And Bugpowder has posted links and photos here.


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Feb. 2nd, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
Glad you had a good time. Sorry I couldn't stick around for longer. I think you mentioned you were going to the Thing in March? Julia, Matt and I have got a table so maybe see you there.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:24 pm (UTC)
Hooray, see you there! :-D
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
oh wow, a non-bigfoot sighting-esque shot of dear william.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
You're right, he doesn't have many internet photos. For some reason the shadow makes him look like he's wearing a yarmulke in this one...
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Feb. 2nd, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)

Wonder if anyone running a stall did do an hourly?
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
Great to meet you! Hmm, I wonder about the hourlies. I barely had time to draw that little self-portrait thing that was going around. I wonder if we'll get to see the finished version of that!
(no subject) - cartilage - Feb. 2nd, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
Wish I could have made it down but I was busy with Hourly Comic Day myself!

Hope to meet you at Thing, Sarah, I'll be sat roughly behind you guys on the REET! table, next to me ol' pals Mr. Maceachern and Mr. Decie!
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
Great! I can't wait to see all three of you! It was great meeting Joe for the first time. It was funny, he looked exactly like his drawings, but at the same time, not at all how I'd pictured him! Wish we'd all been able to hang out longer. Hopefully we can all get a drink after the thing. I'm sure Cliodhna will get us all together at the end!
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(no subject) - joedecie - Feb. 2nd, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
It was awesome to see you :) Hopefully we'll meet up again sometime soon!
I had lots of fun, I'll try and get my photos up on LJ soonish :)

If anyone is on facebook, i'll be adding an album up on their of the event, you can add me here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767600633&ref=profile
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Great to meet you, too! And, haha, you don't look anything like your user pic. ;-)
(no subject) - yunni - Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:55 am (UTC)
You're such a spiffy saleswoman. I wish I could hand you money through the screen and obtain one of each!
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Coming your way, babe! I shall get the parcel into the post as soon as I can make my way through the huge drifts of snow.
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Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for the write-up and photos!
I wish I could have made it (though I had a lovely Sunday doing other stuff, to be fair). I think I will try to see about getting to the Thing, though I hadn't fancied it earlier...
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for the write-up and photos!
Ooh, I hope we can get you excited about the Thing! I'm really glad Dave's asked me to share a table; filling a table is easier than I thought it would be!
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Well I have no idea where is safe or cheap to park in London. Plus you got some helper monkeys to carry your bags
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
For which I was very grateful!! Great to see you and i'm SO, SO glad you got back okay. That sounded truly harrowing.
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Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
'twas good to see you.

Sorry, I think I went a bit fanboy squee there.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
And 'twas good to see you, also!

And fabulous, thanks for that, I get all fluttery at the thought of someone liking my work enough to do a fanboy squee! :-D
Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Hey Sarah
Congrats on the event and thanks for the fab glimpse into your other world. So glad I went! Heh heh, can't believe you intended to do Hourly Comics Day... your stall was so bizzy! Nice to meet Dave too; I like his Tozocomic.com

Thx too for signing DFC #14 cover! It's so gosh-darn purple-y
;) Kim
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats
Thanks so much for coming, Kim! Yeah, that hourly comic was never going to happen... I was really impressed at how many of the Camberwell gang came along. It was like three worlds colliding! :-D
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