ComicGong was my first big show in a while and I can’t speak highly enough of how well it was organised – it was like a bigger version of the also impressively run Goulburn Comic Con late last year (which I hope I hope I hope will be on again this year!)
I don’t have any photos or media from the event just yet, but there are already some very cool photos on the ComicGong facebook page. It was such a busy morning I forgot to take a photo of my table before the crowd poured in!
It feels like it’s been a quiet year for me, but here I am again. After thoroughly enjoying Brisbane earlier this year, I’m heading back to finally participate in ZICS, an event I’ve had my eye on since it first started. It’s next weekend, and I’m excited! I’ll be sitting with the Queensland(ish) side of the TTTSNB crew, Wraithdragon and DZYNE studios.
I’ll be bringing reCOLLECTION, my newest comic. Well, not exactly my newest – my newest comics are still works in progress, and not something I can share yet. But reCOLLECTION includes a number of completed pieces that I am very very proud to share.
a preview of the stockbox for ZICS…
Three of the comics in reCOLLECTION were written by the brilliant satirist Xeg, a very patient scenarist who has been emailing me his excellence since we met via BD Zine some years ago. I’m particularly grateful to Xeg as Experts are us, one of the scenarios he wrote that is included in reCOLLECTION, was him turning my grumpy frenzied ranting into something coherent, hilarious and lots of fun to illustrate.
Other stories include Talkback and Enso, both gratefully published in ACT Comic Meet anthologies. Finally there’s a brand new never-shared-before comic by me. And an illustration section.
reCOLLECTION is published with the permission of XEG, and with thanks to ACT Comic Meet and CSFG who held first print rights to some of the other pieces in the book.
How to get reCOLLECTION
Everyone who purchases the physical book at ZICS will get a coupon for a free digital download of the book as well!
This post has been a while coming…but now it’s here! Had a great time at Brisbane Minicomicon. In fact, even with the convention on it was a – dare I say it? – relaxing weekend. Southbank is beautiful and a great date spot. (And a great place to hang out and check out museums!)
The thing I’m still the most thrilled about was meeting people who were excited about comics, and happy to chat about them. And there were so many of you! Thank you all for coming by my table and picking things up to look at them, buying something or just stopping by to chat. For those of you who missed anything, I’ll be updating my online store (…soon…) with some of the remaining stock of…everything.
At the moment my convention calendar is looking pretty bare for the rest of the year. I want to take some time to focus on making comics, particularly my own comics. I’ve had a great run of luck working on many fun projects with extremely talented people – but I’m looking to do some of my own work for a little bit. I miss being able to print books as soon as they’re ready! I’m finding that I really enjoy marketing at the moment, so if you do have an event you think I should be at, please let me know!
I went to Otakufest on the weekend, and it’s kind of fitting that my last market for the year was my busiest!
I met a lot of cosplayers and very friendly people who made the day more fun. My favourite new-people-to-meet that I met while trading include:
J, who came by and made a beeline for, of all things, Sweet NV issues 1 and 2. He wins favourite new person of the day just for that, but then he went on to tell me that he digs shojo manga and practiced some Japanese with me. (If you’re reading this, I hope you enjoyed the books!)
The excited young lady who made a beeline straight for the sweets deco stock I had out. I promptly showed her all of the extra stock I had (hidden away because there wasn’t enough space on the table!), and offered her the marker sketch I’d been working on that morning because her enthusiasm made my day.
The Eliza and Donny cosplayers from the Wild Thornberrys. I didn’t see the Nigel cosplayer (*sad* 🙁 ), but those two were so fantastically in character I can’t get over it.
The many friendly, talented and cool young women who came by to chat comics, sweets deco and art. You ladies made my day 🙂
I’m also not counting the most excellent friends whom I already knew who stopped by to say hello.
Overall the event seemed to go well. It was fun trading at a pop culture type convention in such a large open space. I did end up getting rained out and leaving early with most of the other comics sellers but the time I had at the show was good. Outdoor markets are great, but can be dangerous for paper-goods sellers if the bureau of meteorology predicts a “high chance of rain”. More signage would have been good (as is my usual complaint with events), but the market was so spread out over Garema Place this wasn’t much of an issue. The good part about being spread out was there weren’t the usual pop culture market tiny walkways for human traffic jams and spontaneous, but poorly placed, cosplay photo shoots – the one photo shoot that led to a human traffic jam near my booth still left enough space for people to walk around.
The show was, for me, very different in ways I’m not used to. It’s also given me plenty to think about for next year and what I want to prioritise. Hm…watch this space!