Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bristol Comic & Small Press Expo Report

Had an enjoyable weekend at Bristol Comic & Small Press Expo. This was my first time at Bristol as an exhibitor - I'd been as a visitor most years since 2004 so it was obviously a different kind of Expo for me this year, selling my books, prints and postcards. Although I spent the majority of my time manning my table, I still found the odd minute to rush around the venue, chatting to comic creators and buying much more than I'd budgeted for. I ended up spending most of my profits. D'oh!

Sweet sweet comic goodness
Here's most of my haul from Saturday -
Stayte of the art by James Stayte
New British Comics 3 which I bought from the brilliantly named Warwick Johnson Cadwell
Stray Bullets from Angry Candy
Tales of the Spiffing  - an anthology by a bunch of Aardman Animation employees. A few of them kindly signed and scribbled inside it too.
'Never eat with a spoon that which can be eaten with a fork' and 'Carnet D'un Sauvage' by Welsh El Dorado Press
The Meanderings of Jeremiah Wellgood by Seb Burnett
'The Sorry Entertainer' newspaper and 'Smoo' from Smoo Comics 

These are not the comics you're looking for...
A steady stream of visitors stopped at the table throughout the day, including the occasional Cosplayer, Superhero and Stormtrooper. It was good to know that even in an event like this I wasn't the weirdest person there.

Sunday was more of the same, although I found the visitor numbers to my table (and indeed the room I was situated in) to be down from Saturday. Still, I sold a decent amount of books and postcards, but prints were the best seller for me that weekend, with the Ikea Ark one proving to be the most popular.

Once again I took the opportunity to rush around meeting fellow exhibitors and buying any comics that took my fancy.  Sunday's haul was another dent in my takings!

Bang goes the profits

Here's the Sunday collection:
'Bristol Story' and 'Brunel' from Simon Gurr
Madam Samurai from Scar Comics
Smuggling Vacation by Jason Wilson
Vesha Valentine by Despop
Attackosaur by Attackosaur Comics
A flyer for the forthcoming 'Nelson' by Blank Slate - this looks superb!
The adventures of Doctor Sputnik by Roger Langridge

Roger was also kind enough to draw some original Dr Sputnik' art for me. I had a table one down from him - he spent most of the weekend sketching for people. Very popular artist (with good reason!)

And this print by Warwick Johnson Cadwell also cried out to be purchased! 4 quid well spent!

Anyway, I've talked too much. Brilliant weekend. See you next year!


Juan Carlos Partidas said...

The Arkea cartoon is GREAT!!!! :)

TimHarries said...

Thanks Juan, glad you liked it. Apologies for the lateness of my reply!