Mole note: this post covers my personal highlights from the 2009 Bristol Expo – for general impressions of the event please see my previous post.
Small press comics heaven, one of the SP Expo rooms at Bristol:
The best thing about the Bristol Expo for me was the chance to walk around many rooms filled with comic creators and buy issues directly from the people who designed and made them. Being able to meet an artist who’s work you really like and say to them ‘great work, please keep it up!’ is a fantastic feeling that you just can’t get by ordering comics over the internet.
Personally, I also like to ask the creators that I meet if they will sign the comic I’m buying from them, as a kind of memento of meeting them at that time. Side note: this is why I don’t usually request a signature on a comic I’m ordering over the net, unless its extremely unlikely that I will ever get the chance to meet the creator(s) in person. If a comic arrives signed then there’s no point in me taking it along to meet the creator(s) and get it signed, therefore the signature means much less to me (do others feel like this or am I just a tad weird?…)
Anyway, as well as the general greatness of actually being there, here are some specific highlights of the event:
- Going to the SelfMadeHero Manga Shakespeare table (pictured below) and picking up an advance copy of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, illustrated by Emma Vieceli. Also, telling them how much I was looking forward to their verions of ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘The Merchant ofVenice’ (illustrated by Nana Li and Faye Yong respectively). I got a free poster for that – motto: it can pay to tell publishers if you are eagerly awaiting their books ^_~
- Getting the new ‘Cupcake of Doom’ t-shirt from Genki Gear (very apt as I’m trying to lose weight…)
- Talking to Willie Hewes of ITCH Publishing, meeting Karen Rubins, and buying their new release: ‘Urban Beasts’ issue 1
- Checking out the Inspired Comics table and meeting Sammy Borras, the creator of LATE (and also snagging a funky postcard of a zebra in sunglasses)
- Chatting with Sally and Azure at the IndieManga table and getting very excited about their upcoming release Between Worlds by Anna Fitzpatrick (which is debuting in just a couple of weeks at the May MCM London Expo). The bookmarks I got from them give a glimpse of the fantastic art in ‘Between Worlds’, which is being printed in full colour.
- Getting to meet and shake the hand of Paul Gravett, author of ‘Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics’ amongst many other books about comics , and say how much I enjoyed his work. Once again, you don’t get to do these kinds of things over the internet ^_^
OK, highlights end there! Next time I’ll be back with more comic reviews (and belive me I’m not short on material for those now ^_~ ).