Spent way too much at Cardiff Comic Con today, but that’s what comes of (a) liking comics, (b) liking books, and (c) having a fan-girl daughter.
Walked through the main floor, only lost the family twice in the melee, and was rather disappointed not to find the Lou Scannon comic stand. I’ve got all issues so far, and was hoping to get the next. But the stand was not to be found. Photo-loving fan-girl was busy clicking plenty of the Cos-play costumes and some of the attendees had really gone to town on their appearance, well done to all of them. A little disappointed, we went out for lunch, at which point fan-girl daughter, mentioned that all the games and comic stands had been up to the first floor, something that I hadn’t know.
Refreshed after launch we trudged back to the CIA and eventually found the stairs up, and there was a whole plethora of various original comic book sales, artists and authors. And bang in the middle, Lou Scannon.
Well, Lou Scannon’s usual three suspects anyway, Dan Harris (co-writer and pencils), Kris Carter (co-writer, colourist and letterer) and Jim Bampfield (co-writer, back-up strip artist and assistant shader).
The good thing about the separate area were that it was quieter and less packed that the more ‘merch’ oriented ground floor, which meant that there was actually time, room and volume control to talk to the guys.
To Hull And Back, issue 7 isn’t ready yet so no copies to buy, slap on the wrist for that, though proofs were in and the two cover designs do look great. The GTA version is cleaner, but the other is up to the usual high standards. I could order No 7 from the web site (which would make a change from Boots – but that’s a reference for Crysta and the girls). Thing is, I have brought every other copy at various shows over the years and they are all cover signed by the guys, I can’t break that loop now and will simply have to wait till the next conf, though unfortunately I can’t make Wrexham at the end of the month.
Had an interesting chat with Dan, who had given up the day job of drawing indelibly on human skin (he was a tatoo artist before anyone gets any creep ideas), to become a full time illustrator. I was rather surprised and pleased to discover we both like Micheal Turner’s work, that’s Witchblade, Fathom and Soulfire to name but three. He also mentioned that they might be starting off a KickStarter project, can’t give any details away, so I asked if they had a mailing list to announce when it was happening and almost saw that classic comic moment when the light bulb went on over Dan’s head saying, ‘we should have a mailing list to let people know what’s happening!’
After a bit more wandering, I stopped at Victor Wright’s stall to have a look at his novels, and be mocked by fan-girl daughter for not being able to read the small print without my glasses on. Okay I know, age doesn’t come alone.
Anyway, brought the first two of his “Light of Darkness” series. Impressed by the quality of the finished article, I also had a chat and some interesting pointers for self-publishing my own work – really must get my butt in gear and get on with that.
My eye was then caught by “Bearlands” a collection of comics based in the post apocalyptic world of undead teddy bears. The real ‘live’ teddy’s Jeremy Biggs had on display were just so cute!
Lastly, which was actually the first purchase, I also picked up “Soft Target”, a Sarah Stone Adventure, by Ian Rob Wright.
So, four books and no trip to Waterstones or Amazon. All I have to do now, is find the time to read them!
If you want to find out more about any of the titles here are the websites, but remember, I like these books and lots of other books, but some of these are graphic and can be unpleasant, there, you were warned, I am not responsible for any upset or offence you might find: