During the weeks prior to the event, I worked hard trying to get my first collection of my webcomic Galavant together: The month of January. I hope to eventually collect February and March into their own individual books as well- then later on do a full collection of the whole thing.
I also got some new business cards, made badges, stickers and then worked on some cardboard cut outs for my table:
When Adam and I arrived at the hotel in Leeds we spotted him on a large screen advertising events and workshops happening throughout the weekend.
The show was incredible, I was really surprised by all the interest with my comic- apparently travelogues aren’t really the norm.
I found it a little odd trying to sell my memories, but then again- I guess that’s what many people try to do. When it comes down to it- I just produce the type of thing that I’d be interested in reading. It’s just nice to see that some other people seem to be keen on that kind of thing too-
It was also really nice to meet Richard Bruton from the Forbidden Planet International blog and his daughter Molly. He took this photo of Adam and I at our table-
Here they are with Adam’s collection 4 of The Everyday
I tried for the first time to do a few “con sketches” but I don’t think it’s really my forte. I felt like it took me away from the crowd- it stopped me from chatting to whoever passed by- and to be honest, I wasn’t entirely pleased with the work I produced. Lesson learned, I must draw in my own time and bring originals to a show. I don’t think I will be producing anything on the spot again. (Sorry)
This was the best one I could do- including Spider-Man:
Adam does way, way better on the spot. The skills of a seasoned veteran:
Philippa Rice created this fantastic diorama for Thought Bubble. You can see a bunch of fellow creators’ merchandise. I was honoured to have a tiny ‘Galavant- January’ in there beside Adam’s Collection 4.
I also got to meet the tres talented Sarah McIntyre whose work I’ve been admiring from afar for a while now. She took this photo- I think it’s the only one of me at my table. I was kinda giddy…
After a bit of a shenanigan in the “trying to find somewhere to eat” category- we finally made our way to the dance floor. I must say I was most excited by the dancing of Marc Ellerby. He is a vivacious spitfire of a man when he grooves. But I do have to say that Ellen Lindner, David O’Connell and I owned that sucker and go the party started.
Here is a lovely photo that was passed my way from the dance floor. The fantastic wellie earrings were bought earlier on from Lynn Allingham. You can see more of her work here.
I think I left the dance floor twice that whole night. Dancing is my favorite.
The next day was just as lovely- there was a drop in ‘n’ draw organized with workshops happening in a building that houses both a library and art gallery- in the cafe. I set up my table again- it was such a great afternoon, perfect tone after a long day of comic-ness and night of dancing.
Lovely lovelies drawing-
I really, really liked the architecture in the building. THE TILES! The tiles!
See the ceiling!!
Philippa brought her Dream Date game along and asked that we create our own hunks to join the ones that already come with the game.
Adam made Roy:
And to my amusement- he drew Chip Zdarsky a fellow Torontonian and saucebot.
It was AWESOME. I had such a fantastic weekend and I walked away feeling excited- like I had fresh interest in my own work- new ideas.
I felt like I had a better understanding of what I was doing- what it could mean and the challenges that I had to face with my work. It’s nice to put a little more thought behind things…
Anyhoo- for more reading on the weekend you can head to the following links for individual reports:
Then there’s this as well-Thought Bubble in comic form.
I also did a few podcasts and interviews while at the show. Here is the interview that I did with The Sidekick Cast. I like that auto-bio comics really aren’t their thing- but our meeting may have caused them to ponder that whole genre a bit more.
I also appeared in Sean Azzopardi’s Best of the Year on the Forbidden Planet blog. I am extremely greatful- flattered etc, etc, etc.
It’s been a great year in comics.
I am excited looking at all my future projects- excited about the future of Galavant and just about silly projects and ideas in general.
Everyone should have a weekend like this. It’s bloody refreshing.
Tags: Adam Cadwell, Clark Burscough, David O'Connell, David Thomas, Ellen Lindner, Joe List, John Allison, Leeds, Lizz Lunney, Lynn Allingham, Marc Ellerby, Matt Sheret, Philippa Rice, Phillip Spence, Sarah McIntyre, solipsistic pop, Thought Bubble, Tom Humberstone, UK