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31st. Mar, 2009 | 07:28 pm
music: The Nails

I was really looking forward to my first Thing. I went last year as a visitor to case the joint for this year's event, which proved helpful. My first convention was Thought Bubble, Leeds, last year, which was great but I was more excited about the dedicated small press event which is Thing. And it seems too easy for me to enjoy Thought Bubble since it's on my doorstep!


My table neighbours were ol' REET! contributors Al Maceachern and joedecie, who were sharing to my left, and smurf_uk (Aaron 'Smurph' Murphy) to my right.
Here's Al and Joe. Joe was determined to frown in every picture and Al's really good at blinking! When my missus sees a picture of the three of us, she calls us 'three geeks in a pub.'

LiveJournal's very own daleof (Dale O'Flaherty) was in attendance and kindly bought a copy nearly everything I had! Dale also stuck around with Al, Joe and me and kept us company - even helping watch our tables from time to time! I tried to convince him to pretend to be Al for a while in Al's absence, acting like a complete prick to sully Al's good name... But Dale's much too nice for that!

Here are some portraits he did. Awesome work, Dale!

By the way, Dale, I've finally seen Achewood. I didn't like it! *ducks*

The anthology turned out great. I still wasn't sure my contribution, A God Awful Small Affair was included owing to some file error (...) but it's tucked away at the back! I'll post it tomorrow.

Sales were pretty excellent. I sold out of the first Jenny's Weird Friend comic and was glad that the last copy went to an 'appropriate' customer - a lovely woman and her young daughter. I don't think the girl was too bothered about the comic but upon the mention of sweets from her mum suddenly agreed to take it off my hands!
All other sales were steady away and the profit I made will pay for my wedding suits! KER-CHING!


Just opposite us was Jimi Gherkin, who I feel like I've already met but it was extra funky to meet him properly in person.

It was about time I met Adam cadwell and Marc burnt_jamb Ellerby properly, too!
Good to see Phillip Ninja Bunny Spence, who was being aided by good ol' Mike Rouse-Dean moovok.
And no convention is complete without Oliver Modern Monstrosity Lambden!
Word up and shouts also to jimtyson!

I was particularly keen on getting my hands on Dave O'Connell (tozocomic) and Sarah
McIntyre's (jabberworks) Airship, which is one of my favourite reads of the last year on Live Journal.
Dave and Sarah were utterly lovely chaps! It was good to have a drink with you guys afterwards!
Hey, Sarah, what was with that American guy you spoke to near my table? He was with a woman who would only speak through him and they totally messed up my display by dumping a copy of Gentleman Jim on my stuff! I had to go out for a snout to stop myself from yelling at them!
Here's Sarah in her cool dress:


A couple of members from the Cartoonists' Forum showed up. Great to meet you, Tim Harries and Alex Hughes! Again, both thoroughly nice chaps indeed! The following photo features a bonus harveyjames. Can you spot him?


And moogly_bear, here's where Poopy wound up! He made it to the golden shores of Teeny Terrapin Island under my Mac at work!


REET! favourites Dr. Simpo and Andy Hexjibber Sykes were in attendance. Shame I didn't get to speak to them more but I'm sure I'll see them around Leeds soon.

Turns out I didn't buy that many comics (Joe Decie and I even forgot to trade!) but here's what I collected, plus some stuff I had with me from Orbital and OK Comics in Leeds:

My comic highlight has to be The Manly Boys Annual by Banal Pig's Steven Tillotson and Appalling Nonsense's Gareth Brookes, which is hands down the funniest comic I think I've ever read. I was literally crying with laughter when I got back on Sunday, although lack of sleep and booze might have had something to do with that... Anyway, buy one from one of their links right now!


What should have made my day was having a quick interview with Alex Fitch for Panel Borders but I was talking absolute bollocks. It was hard to concentrate with all that noise. I hope Alex is kind to me in the edit! I think I came across as a right uneducated, inarticulate slob!

The after party was a good laugh. It was cool to properly meet Cliodhna ztoical Lyons, who treated me and many others to a shot at the bar!
Super talented harveyjames was in there, too. Nice to meet you, James!
Our table inherited the Book of Flange from Kyle Fysh Rogers, which proved a real chore to offload onto the next victims!

Right: It's picture time!

Here's Al drawing some polite young lads. I hid away because it was too early for me to draw.

The view from my table, which I think had me well-positioned!

Joe and Al with Gareth Brookes:

I can't believe I was opposite Francesca Cassavetti (who's 24 Hour Comic I'd enjoyed on some steps in London just the day before) and didn't get chance to go and say hello!

Here's Al and James eruditebaboon Turner in the pub afterwards:

And look: a real life Jenny from Jenny's Weird Friend! That's yunni and her weird friend, James Harvey. The resemblance (of both) is uncanny!


A fantastic day all round. Cheers, guys!

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cadwell

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from: cadwell
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
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It was good to meet you too, Mr. Shug and thanks for buying my comic.

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shug_comics

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from: shug_comics
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
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6th January 2009 wins, Adam!

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Dale O'Flaherty

Get ready to throw down

from: daleof
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Thanks Shug!

If your dog is named yard dancer I think we BOTH owe each other an apology

Oh, and I needed a reference picture of Yunni for the other pages that I'm doing cheers!

I will keep linking you to classic achewoods until you give in.

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Dale O'Flaherty

Re: Get ready to throw down

from: daleof
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Daaaaaaaaamn...

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Kim

Re: Get ready to throw down

from: yunni
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Whhaaa? You're drawing me too? Wow ^_^

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shug_comics

Re: Get ready to throw down

from: shug_comics
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Ambassador, with these portraits you're really spoiling us!

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Kim

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from: yunni
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Heh, excellent report! I'm attempting to draw an hourly comic for Thing @__@

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shug_comics

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from: shug_comics
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
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Groovy!

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The Mooglet

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from: moogly_bear
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad Poopy went to a good home! T'was great to meet you on Saturday, I'm glad things went so well for you. I haven't read any of my small press haul yet (Too engrossed in Watchmen) but I look forward to reading yours and the Jenny's Weird Friend postcard will be going on my interesting wall! ;)

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ratherlemony

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from: squirmy
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
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I wanted to come over and grin at your table, but I sort of had an inexplicable attack of shyness. So I didn't.

Looked really awesome though.

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shug_comics

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from: shug_comics
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Aw, you should've hopped over! Maybe next time! Did you have a good Thing?

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ratherlemony

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from: squirmy
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
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I know. Rubbish. I will next time. You going to be at the zine symposium thingy?


And I had an okay Thing, yes! It was, like last time at Thought Bubble, more of an experiment for me than anything ... sort of dipping my toe in the small press publishing swimming pool, but it was all rather pleasant really. Now to just get a bit more stuff out of my sketchbooks and onto the table.

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shug_comics

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from: shug_comics
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm quite new to small press fairs, too. Which table were you at?

I'm not sure about the zine symposium. I've got a hell of a lot on for a few weeks!

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ratherlemony

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from: squirmy
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
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I was with a little group called We are Words and Pictures. We were at table 6, right next to the door a couple of stalls down from Kate Beaton and Liz Greenfield.

I know what you mean about May. I have college deadlines to grumble about. But Julia (tablemate) has bullied me into it.

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ztoical

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from: ztoical
date: 31st. Mar, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
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always nice to put a face [and loud orange shirt] to someone who points out my font usage lol Why does LJ make people feel really tall? Not that everyone is super short in person but LJ seems to add alot of height.......

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shug_comics

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from: shug_comics
date: 1st. Apr, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Really? I imagine everyone on Live Journal to be really tiny and they turn out to be giants!

That was my party shirt!

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Tozo

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from: tozocomic
date: 1st. Apr, 2009 08:12 am (UTC)
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Everyone had such great sales - brilliant! Nice stash too, I think I missed out on a lot because I was trying to save my pennies.

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shug_comics

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from: shug_comics
date: 1st. Apr, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
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I just forgot to buy! Maybe I was in a greedy mood... :3

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shug_comics

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from: shug_comics
date: 5th. Apr, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
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No I didn't! It's under the Manly Boys Annual image!

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Interview

from: alex_fitch
date: 6th. Apr, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
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You sounded fine to me... It probably won't go out 'til early summer - will have a listen before then and give you further reassurance. I always give my guests a flattering edit, particularly if they're good looking! :)

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shug_comics

Re: Interview

from: shug_comics
date: 6th. Apr, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
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Hahaha! I suppose you get people fretting all the time about interviews, Alex!

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Re: Interview

from: alex_fitch
date: 6th. Apr, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
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Conversely, I'm occasionally worried that I sound like an idiot until I listen back to my questions, which I usually make up as I'm going along... One I did yesterday with a Polish director at the Renoir cinema - http://www.polishculture.org.uk/film/a-very-special-screening-qa/ - was quite challenging - I felt unworthy of being in his presence!

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