Well, it was good to meet Mr Lally and Mr Gherkin on Saturday. Sun shine, a mild breeze and lots of talking -including Mr Lally’s discovery of Bristols “Nordic Gene”! Poor Mr Brown had his back problem so we had to carry him most of the way.
Now, the next day, Sunday, started off badly. The big problem was heavy rain. However, as the day rolled on the sun appeared and things warmed up. Not that it mattered as we were indoors for the Small Press and Comics fair at Start The Bus.
Tables were spread around the cafe/bar so that zinies mingled with every day folk out to have a drink or dinner. Unfortunately, this meant that, unlike other events, you couldn’t really take photographs -people having their lunch and all that entails.
That said, things started quiet but then gradually picked up. It was the first Small Press event I’ve attended as a “trader” for a few years, selling 1980s/1990s small press books. Was I happy? Yes! I sold about three quarters of my stock.
Darron “Mr Showbiz” Northall decided to scare horrify molest try talking to punters and sorting out the display and looked half decent. Next time I’ll just leave him in charge and sit back!
Mr Brown and Mr Northall then started a discussion about their hairstyles leading to a major “bitch-off”.
Good to finally meet and chat with Gareth Brookes. Dave Lando seemed quite happy as did the organisers including Simon Morton (Simon -if I got your surname wrong -apologies, but me and names).
Interesting that most buyers were female -especially of the old zines. Quite a few wanted to produce their own while others were studying art so were quite interested (my voice is just getting back to normal).
Simon reckons another event in six months or so. I’m sure the Bear Pit crew will get a date sorted and I’ll let you folks know.
For a first event this was excellent. And I’m happy (they MUST have done something wrong….I’ll think about it!).
Well done all concerned!
Above: Mr Brown turns his back while Darron Northall muses:”Nyuck-nyuck. I’ll say I’m checking the change in my pocket” (notice the far off smirk).,
Below:Mr Brown fresh from crying over loss of youth, talks to Darron “Dashing” Northall and some times Black Tower colourist Mike “The Bean” Hooper.
Mr Brown:”Have you SEEN what Northall’s doing??!!!”
Below a quick interior shot before it got crowded.
Below:Behind that column Mr Brown talks to Sir Peter Lally who tells me to Mind My Manners!
Below:Agent o-o-ohhh Darron Northall:”T.H.R.U.S.H. Agents -everyone down!” or “my arm pit is soaking wet” -you choose!
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