BIRMINGHAM COMIC SHOW YEAR TWO PART TWO
Since this was two weeks' ago now, I'm going to keep this second part quite brief as I should have posted something about two weeks' back. The Saturday at the show was pretty good as business was brisk: I was selling some trades as well as copies of the TRIPWIRE Annual. I had excused myself from the Hellboy panel because Peter Doherty wanted to do it instead and so I was at the table pretty much all the time. Got a few people coming up, saying nice things about TRIPWIRE and the Annual. On the Saturday night, I went to have Chinese but got horribly lost, this time on foot in Birmingham and took forty minutes to find the restaurant. Dave Morris, his friend Pat, Andy and Kirsty (who may be colouring Hidden City when we pull our finger out) came along to that and I managed to forget to text my friend Andy Winter to tell him where we were going, so we didn't see each other that night. On the Sunday, I interviewed Kevin Nowlan for a panel which was a last minute thing but seemed to go well. We went for a really nice Indian in a place called Shimla Pinks on Broad Street with about nine of us including Dave Baillie, Dan Fish, Dave Morris, Pat and some others. Dave Baillie grabbed a train back down to London while I drove another member of the group, Anna, to Kings Heath where she was staying with Pete Ashton. I found Kings Heath alright but got horribly lost again (surprise surprise) trying to find Edgbaston again and ended up driving around in circles, wondering whether I was being filmed for some sort of Candid Camera style programme. On Monday I drove back to London using a very circuitous route that took me through Stratford-Upon-Avon to Banbury, where I stopped and then onto Bicester, where I picked up the main road back to North London. So all in all this year's Birmingham show was an improvement on last year, in a better venue but Brum still isn't as visitor-friendly a city as Bristol and it seems very easy to get lost. Congratulations to James and Shane though for pulling it off. Highlights were seeing people like Dave Baillie, Duncan Fegredo, Mike Mignola (albeit very briefly but he did tell me that the Annual has pride of place in Barnes & Noble in Union Square, New York, which is very cool indeed), Dave Gibbons, Mike Conroy (weird that my relationship with CI is so different now to what it was a year ago)and loads of other people too numerous to mention. It was also great tosee my friends Steve and Murphy, who haven't been to a comic show together in about a decade, get motivated about drawing again and see them at a comic event. I really enjoyed the drive home too because the trees were changing colour and I got to see some spectacular parts of Warwickshire and the Cotswolds. Here are a couple of photos from the show and some photos from Banbury including the Banbury Cross which is mentioned in the rhyme.
Labels: BRUM PART TWO