On the other side to me was renowned Italian comic artist Marco Santucci
together with his apprentice/girlfriend Maria Laura Sanapo
Despite feeling a bit out of place in this primarily super hero environment, the customers soon came. The lovely thing was that, like Thought Bubble
, they were attracted to the cover
and the silent movie theme of the work. I sold quite a few prints as well which you can have a shufti at over on my Emporium
The atmosphere was convivial and it was great to see how many friends I’ve made on the comic scene in the space of a year. First visit was from my lovely friend Rob from Time Trek Bromley
who gave me a vintage Movie House biscuit tin in honour of my Elsie
work. Steve White from Titan
also popped over to say hi. He’d been looking at my portfolio just one short year ago! Nora Goldberg
from Soaring Penguin
also stopped by… a great girl to whom I owe a lot for boosting my comic sales at Foyles on the Southbank
. Terry Wiley
took a pitstop between selling his wonderful “Verity Fair
” with his portable trolley shop! Jason Wilson
, one of the most amazing new graphic novelists together with my playwright friend Mike Yale
also visited. I went over to the Myriad
stall when I got a break and had a lengthy chat with Corinne Pearlman
who remarked that I’d been doing a really good job of self promotion with my first comic!
New friends were made too, including the tremendously talented Ian Edginton
, David Roach
and Mike Collins
Not one to miss a photo opportunity
, I managed to meet with Jonathan Ross
who did remember me despite the fact I had short spiky blonde hair
however many years ago we met!
Whilst at the SuperComic Con
, I was interviewed for the Panel Borders
radio show by aficionado Alex Fitch
. You can listen to the full interview at Panel Borders
Monday night after the con was a more ‘indie’ affair with my talk at Foyles
for Laydeez Do Comics
. I had all my slides ready to prompt me with my whistlestop account of my journey in comics from school to the present day. Again it felt good to be supported by friends and family. Despite my experience as an actress, giving a ‘lecture’ is still a nerve wracking experience.
I must have done something right however because shortly after that I was invited by Steve Walsh
at Gosh Comics
to be their guest at the Process evening in May. And I was pleasantly surprised to see that they’d swung their Spotlight on me for their British Comics Month
website. What an honour!
And so the excitement continued into this week with a trip to Lord Puttnam
‘s free talk at International Student House
on Wednesday. Lord Puttnam was of course given a copy of “It Girl”
which he accepted graciously… he is a huge fan of Clara Bow
The evening of pleasantries concluded with a quick visit to Comica Social Club where I bumped into Nora Goldberg again, Mark Stafford
, Stephen Harris, Richard Hayes
and had a fascinating talk with the host Peter Stanbury
… a stalwart of the small press comics world and an extremely knowledgable and interesting man.
Meanwhile I am currently engaged in a last minute illustration assignment for a very exciting project. More about that next time. Adios!!