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Hurrah for the UK Web & Mini Comix Thing! Here's my table with my two fantastic table-mates, David O'Connell and Woodrow Phoenix. I'd stayed up way too late the night before, bashing together my mini comics, but we had a great time and got to see loads of fabulous comics people. This was the first time I stood behind a table at the Thing (and my second-ever table, after the Alternative Press Fair), so I didn't pick up as much loot as I did the last two years, when I had more time to wander around. But I still managed to buy and trade a few things:

Barbs; A Nice Day Out in Klkley by Shug - shug_comics
Cards by Darryl Cunningham - tallguywrites
What I Drew, volume 2 and The Hourly Comic by Joe Decie - joedecie
Bigger Ruffs for Everyone by Kate Beaton - beatonna
Curtis and Terrorist 2 by Oliver Lamden
The Sea, part 3 by Will Kirkby - chamonkee
Chloe Noonan: Monster Hunter by Marc Ellerby - burnt_jamb
Mine's a Gin and Tonic; Nasty, Brutish & Short; Man & Troll; Nice Cat Evil Cat and badges by David O'Connell - tozocomic
A Music Paper by Alastair Maceachern
Beaver and Steve 2 by James Turner - eruditebaboon
Sketchbook 1 by Sean Azzopardi - seanazz
Kendal Calling by Jim Tyson
Gary the Blu-tac Dog by UK comics news Bugpowder's Dan Fish
Sushi Karaoke by Lizz Lunney (Is she on LiveJournal or did I just dream that?)

The DFC's Super Comics Adventure Squad had a good turnout: James Turner, Emma Vieceli (emmav), Dave Shelton, Laura Howell, John Aggs, Gary Northfield, Woodrow Phoenix and me. (Find links to all those fab people on our new group blog.) Ellen Lindner - ellenlindner - was doing a brisk trade, selling all her copies of her new novel, Undertow (I've written about it here.).

I wasn't thinking too much about my camera, so I missed a lot of pictures I would have like to have taken, including the amazing Wanted posters behind the table hosted by Will Kirkby, Lou and yunni. And I got to meet the amazing Warwick Johnson Cadwell for the first time, but also missed getting a photo.

DFC's Gary Northfield & Dave Shelton

I was excited to meet Swedish Anna who appears in Marc Ellerby's comics, yay!

Hugh 'Shug' Raine, Joe Decie and Al Maceachern

Dale O'Flaherty with his brilliant sketchbook - daleof

DFC's Laura Howell, Stuart and Kate Beaton. Kate came all the way over from Canada to exhibit, and I managed to get in early to nab a copy of her comic, which unsurprisingly sold out very quickly. If you haven't seen her history comics, do go have a look, they're brilliant: beatonna Kate bought a copy of Airship, which made me feel happy. She must have been well tired after flying over and being mobbed at the fair, but she put in a great appearance, along with Scary Go Round's John Allison.

This was Stuart's first time at a small press fair, and he didn't quite know how to begin. But he emerged from the fray, triumphant, with one comic he'd bought, Train to Shanghai by Rob Jackson. I hadn't heard of Rob, and the comic looks good, so I look forward to having a read of that. (After Stuart, of course.)

Laura Howell's a big fan of Kate Beaton's and managed to get a drawing of Tesla, the celibate scientist.

squirmy, tallguywrites, bandersnatch_02 and Maartje Schalkx. I was very glad to be able to give Maartje the portrait I'd drawn of her.
bandersnatch_02 with contraband brought all the way from America. (Thanks, Ben!)

Two of Oxford's Caption comics festival co-ordinators, Selina Lock (girlycomic) and Jay Eales, with their latest Girlycomic anthology (which I mentoned earlier at Zine Fest here).

Convention stalwarts John Maybury (Space Babe) and Siobhan Hillman from the Comics Creators Guild.

Jeremy Dennis holding a signed copy of a picture book by Woodrow Phoenix.

Also no photos, but a big thanks for stopping by, to Oxford's jinty and tortipede, cdave, harveyjames, mondoagogo, Piley, mangazebra, phlebas, Mark Stafford, the peanut-butter-and-jam-superheroes guy and his dad that I met at the Cartoon Museum, and those who had their own stands: smurf_uk, ryclaude, moovok and venkman_project. (Let me know if I missed you out!) Please do send me a link if you post a write-up or pictures!

Thanks, ztoical, for organising a great drinks session afterward! Ireland was well represented.


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Mar. 29th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Woohoo go on Ireland. We did rather sadly enforce steroptypes in that the last 8 thing people to leave the pub were all Irish.
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, go IRISH! :-D
So glad you were there. xx
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Mar. 29th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
Aack! There were several tables I was meaning to go back to, yours included! And Jess Bradley's table, grr. How did it go for you?
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yay - it was a fantastic day :) Still baffled how I didn't scare off Kate with my rubbish first impression - I'm glad I didn't, she was lovely to talk to :):)

One day I'll sell things... one day!

Mar. 29th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
That first impression was hilarious, also my fault
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Mar. 29th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yesterday was just filled amazing and rainbows! Although I also totally forgot to take a photo of the posters...
Mar. 29th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
They looked awesome! Great to see you, wish I'd have seen more of you - that was a mob and a half!
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Mar. 29th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Woodrow's T-shirt looks good
Wow you were busy. It looks like it was a great venue

Mar. 29th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Woodrow's T-shirt looks good
Woodrow always looks good! :-D
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Mar. 29th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for leaving a note! Just friended you. Yes, it was a good day!
Mar. 29th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Thank You!
Hi Sarah,

We were very pleased to meet you yesterday, and are really enjoying all the goodies we bought... Thought the 'comic in an envelope' idea was really original, and was a great read! Thanks also for signing the art print for our son Thomas, it'll be framed and up in his room in the next few days!

Best Wishes!

Ian, Julie and Thomas.
Mar. 29th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank You!
Thanks so much, it was great to meet you, too! Thanks for all your interest in the DFC, it's meant a lot to everyone to know that people don't want to see it go down. And great to think of my picture hanging in Thomas's room. :-)
Mar. 29th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Great to sit next to you!
It was wonderful to have you and the boys sitting next to us at our first THING! You guys made it really fun. Hope to see you again soon. Will & Liz
Mar. 29th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Great to sit next to you!
You were great neighbours, glad to have met you and yes, hope to see you again! And that's super-cool you work for Greenpeace! I'm way impressed.
Mar. 29th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
Man I look like craaaaaap.
Mar. 29th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
I beg to differ! :-)
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Mar. 29th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Bah, if only I had the time and money to travel to cool events like this. Looks like fun times all round.
Mar. 29th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, man. I will concentrate hard to pluck good time and money vibes from the ether and have them sent them your way.
Mar. 29th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, that picture of Joe Decie! The man doesn't actually have eyes under those glasses after all! I thought it was just a stylistic thing, in his comics.
Mar. 29th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, I hadn't even noticed that, but you are SO RIGHT. Too funny!!!
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Mar. 29th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Great to meet you, I got in trouble with the nippers for not bringing home more badges.
Mar. 29th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
Great to meet you, too. I've been curious about you for awhile! Keep me posted on your anthology idea, I'd love to do something related. I'll e-mail you about them badges... :-)
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Mar. 30th, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Yes, and thanks for the Sketchbook!
Mar. 29th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Ah boo! I missed out on your comics and badges (I only raced round once and then it was packing up time, do you sell online?!!) and didn't get Kate Beaton's either (sold out sob!) :o( But thanks for buying mine, hope you like it! I am on live journal but don't use it much! only for commenting! :oD
Mar. 30th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
That cover of yours was calling me across the aisle, I couldn't NOT buy it! Loved the little Chinese takeaway goodie boxes as well. Hope you had a good day of it! Great to see you.

I don't really sell online except for original artwork right now, but I'll keep you posted; I should really set up something.
Mar. 30th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
Was my first Thing - had a great time looking around, in fact there was almost too much to take in!

Got your Nice Cup of Tea & a Deadline book, plus some Vern and Lettuce badges. All in all, a grand day out!
Mar. 30th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
Aw, man, you didn't identify yourself, I was looking forward to meeting you! (Promise you will next time?)

Glad you had a good browse, though, there really was a lot of amazing stuff on offer. This morning I'm trying to get to work and keep glancing sideways at my new 'Beaver & Steve' book. No, I will not read it during working hours, no, I won't. [Sets forehead, clenches jaw with firm resolve.]
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