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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.


Mar. 29th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
That first impression was hilarious, also my fault
Mar. 29th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Okay, now this is a story I absolutely must hear.
Mar. 29th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
I decided to introduce Kim to Kate Beaton in an effort to show off and look 'connected'. Also! I bought Kim a guinness, just before she'd finished her last one. This detail will become important!

We walk up to K.B. and in fact she's busy talking to someone else anyway, so we had to wait like two lame-os for her to finish.

While this was happening Kim's new Guinness was spilling, because she was pretty drunk and her hands were unsteady, so I helped her by bending down and sucking the froth from it. We looked a bit mental.

I finally introduce Kim to Kate Beaton as a 'big fan' of hers. Kate Beaton says hi but I am going for dinner now. Then she goes to shake Kim's hand and Kim can't shake hands because both hands are holding a pint of Guinness, the contents of which are running down her fingers and onto the floor. Net result of my showing off: not only do I make myself look lame, I make Kim look like some kind of ridiculous wino
Mar. 29th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
I was so hungry, and then we had the worst fish and chips ever. I expected better from a place that sold beer for 99p

Nothing was awkward about that! I got to talk to Kim good and proper later on
Mar. 29th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
You should have the veggie burgers! They were soooo good!
Mar. 29th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Heh heh, there's a fish shop in Mile End that does super-clotted curry sauce with their chips, that could have made an even more fabulous impression. Greasy curry sauce running down one's fingers and onto the floor, always a stunner! :-D
Mar. 30th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Have you had good fish and chips since coming to England? That might have been the GOURMET fish and chips for all you know, our food is kind of terrible


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