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london comic and small press expo

I've been intending for more than a week to blog these photos from the London Comic & Small Press Expo, which was fabulous! The exhibition hall at Goldsmith's University was gorgeous with its enormous domed ceiling and pipe organ, and it was super-handy being ten minutes' walk from my house and the studio. (I forgot something and had time to run home and get it!) Here's a photo of three of our four Fleece Station officers at our table.

Hey, news flash! Ellen Lindner, Cliodhna Lyons and I will be sharing a table next month at comics festivals in the USA! If you're in the States, come buy stuff from us that you can usually only get in Britain at MoCCA in New York City (9-10 April) and Stumptown in Portland, Oregon (16-17 April)! I'll definitely have copies of my book Vern and Lettuce, my mini comic Airship with David O'Connell, the Birdsong anthology and some prints. (Possibly more, if I can get my act together amidst all this picture book, comics and Monsterville work.)

Fleece Officers Sarah McIntyre, Gary Northfield, Ellen Lindner

Illustrator El Ashfield at our table

My Birdsong editors Will Kirkby & Naniiebim. We're currently working on Issue 2!

Fabulous birthday cake Will & Lou made for Warwick. Edible ink! Cake was very tasty.

Gary & I making appreciative noises about Warwick Johnson Cadwell's illustration for The Guardian that day.

David O'Connell, who's currently writing a picture book with me for David Fickling! We worked on revised draft No. 13 this morning.

David O'Connell's top-notch comics wares

Comics boy band Perfect Bound, featuring Phil Spence, Hugh 'Shug' Raine, Joe Decie & Al Maceachern

Huw 'Lem' Davies with his Watermelon of Chance

Philippa Rice with My Cardboard Life

Timothy Winchester, being ever-anonymous behind his crocheted dolphin

Scary Go Round's John Allison

Original John Allison artwork! I was sorely tempted. Bought some of his coasters instead.

Finally got to meet Welsh internet chum Tim Harries

Bravo! First-ever comics table by April Nash

Loyal Vern and Lettuce DFC fan! Hurrah! And just a reminder, the DFC is coming back as The Phoenix Comic!

Rob Jackson & Francesca Cassavetti

Joe List

Dan Berry & Woodrow Phoenix (whom I notice has put lots more images up on his website)

Bridgeen Gillespie & me (you can see a picture of our slight height difference on this earlier post)

Thanks so much to all the expo organisers! I really hope this happens again next year, and I LOVE the venue. I think the event could do with more signage and publicity at future expos, but even with less crowds than we got at the UK Web & Mini Comix Thing in years past, I still sold more stuff than I have at the last two or three conventions put together. And thanks to Ellen for her lovely illustrated and annotated Map of New Cross!


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Mar. 21st, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Aw man, I am suuuuper disappointed I will be at neither MoCCA or Stumptown this year!!! Would have been so nice to see you. :(

I'll try and send some people your way, as I'll be tweeting and blogging about kids comics creators at MoCCA--so let me know your table number, when you get it! :)
Mar. 21st, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, dang!!! I was really hoping you'd be there. Bummer! Well, this is my first one, I'll just have to go back if it's good. :) Or get you and Dave to London.

Thanks for sending people my way, that would be great! I'll look out for my table number. Cool. I've seen Smile loads of places here in Britain and it always makes me, well, smile. :)
Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
Really?? I have heard reports that it is VERY hard to come by over there. If you know of a particular store in the UK that sells Smile, let me know--I will start sending people there to buy it! :)
Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Aww you won't be at MoCCA! But your always at MoCCA!

Regarding Smile Gosh def had copies as I picked one up there as a pressie for my friends daughter and it's got some good mentions via the FB blog recently which should get people looking for copies :)
Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Yes, thanks for sending me to FB's blog recently! Very nice of them.

I'll totally refer people to Gosh, I visited them when I was in London a few years ago and loved the store.

And yeah--I've been invited to attend a teen book event in Houston the same weekend as MoCCA. Different audience, totally my demographic, great opportunity. I couldn't say no.

I hope you guys will go to this year's DDLL, by the way! The lovely ladies of NYC will love seeing you! :)
Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
Yes, I only just glimpsed a copy of it a few minutes ago here! http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2011/the-library-chronicles-probably-the-best-graphic-novel-library-in-any-primary-school/
Also seen it at Gosh! and a few other places. Can't remember where, I'll wrack my brains.
Mar. 21st, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
Mar. 21st, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
Whee! :)
Mar. 21st, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
Great pics! Although there was plenty of downtime for that!

I think I've selected the lucky child who will receive the signed Morris book. I had a good look at it first, though!
Mar. 21st, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks so much for picking up a copy! You four dudes looked very bad-ass across the way.
Mar. 22nd, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
We're real heartbreakers, we are.
Mar. 23rd, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
Great to meet you
You put my piccie up :D :D :D :D
It was amazing to meet you (I was the DFC fan. No, really)
So excited for the re-release of the DFC, hopefully all the same strips will be there...?

Love youuuu :D

Also, I did the Watermelon of chance twice. I got badges and stickers each time, whereas my lucky father got bunnies ^^

Ally xx
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