(A post in which I lay out a Con schedule that to my mind seems like a lot, but really amounts to a few well spaced out weekend visits to nice places.).
In just under a fortnight the Riggs to my comic book Murtaugh, Sam Read, will be accompanying me on a trip down to Birmingham to exhibit at ICE – International Comics Expo . A one day event on August 2nd, it’s held at “The Studio” on Canon Street, and me and Sam will be pitching up for the day and trying to make our respective marathon journeys worth it.
I grew up close to Birmingham, lived there for a couple of years, and can remember a whole heap of nothing happening around comics there in any of that time, so it’s pretty cool to be heading down to do something like this. There’s some great guests going (Declan Shalvey, Bryan Talbot, Jordie Bellaire, to name but a few) and advance tickets are £5, so if you’re around the Midlands that weekend come look at comics. We’l be stocked heavy with issues of Freak Out Squares, Exit Generation and Master Tape.
September 6-7th I’ll be at MCM Glasgow selling alongside Unthank crew mates Garry Mac and Stephen Sutherland. This will be my 4th year living in Glasgow and the first time I’ve made it along to a local con in any capacity. Rolling deep in the scene, clearly.
September 27th-28th Me and Sam will be taking our (at this point incredibly well oiled, sales dominant) show on the road to Dublin for D.I.C.E, in the run up to which we’ll mainly be working out how comics work in Euro’s.
And then, far enough away that posting dates up seem’s utterly futile, we’ll be having a thoroughly good time at Thought Bubble on November 15-16th.
And that’s the lot for the year con wise. MCM Glasgow should see the release of FREAK OUT SQUARES #2, which is about to enter it’s colouring phase. The completed pages Garry’s shown me so far are a whole new level for him, so I can’t wait to see what Harry Saxon adds with his colours.
MASTER TAPE #3, after a script writing gestation period that could be accurately summed up as ‘aneurysm-esque’, has just had layouts okayed, and art shall commence shortly. I’m really pleased with the issue (eventually), and it should be much more fun to read than it was to thump out of the aether. That will come at D.I.C.E at the earliest, Thought Bubble at the very latest.