I’m asking a small favour

Not for me, but for a mate. Tim Pilcher is someone I’ve known for a long, long time from the days of Comics Showcase in London, and is the co-writer of How Comics Work with Dave Gibbons.

The book is nominated for an Eisner as is Deconstructing The Incal co-edited with Alex Donoghue. The Eisner’s are the comics industries big awards dished out each year at San Diego Comic Con, and Tim would understandably like to be there but finances say otherwise. So he’s crowdfunding in an attempt to get there this summer.

Tim’s one of the good guys in British comics and it’d be a shame if he never got his trip to San Diego to hopefully pick the Eisner up with Dave Gibbons, so chuck a few quid towards Tim and the world will be a wee bit better.

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Come to East Kilbride Comic Con tomorrow and buy comics…

Tomorrow is the East Kilbride Comic Con held at East Kilbride central library. It is the night before a show and I am shockingly still bagging and pricing.

So come along tomorrow and make it all worthwhile for me, and oh, as it’s Free Comic Book Day, everyone buying something gets a free comic from a mystery box while stocks last…

 

Everybody in the Place-Edinburgh Comic Con 2018

Last year I visited Edinburgh Comic Con as a mere punter, and being suitably impressed, took a table for this year’s event as I continue to build up my wee comics business since relocating back to Scotland after several decades. This would be by far the largest show I’ve done in Scotland since 1994 and a chance to kick-start things up a gear, so after some planning and some serious searching to throw in a few dozen or so comics that I’m certain would never have been offered on sale in a show in Scotland, I was ready.

The Friday before the show involved driving. That thankfully was being done by my friend Doug, but as we whisked between Edinburgh and Glasgow to pick up my stock and head back to a damp, foggy Edinburgh it hit us that as a capital city, Edinburgh was doing all it could to make it impossible for anyone unfamiliar with the city to find anywhere as there were no street signs, which added to the fact there was roadworks everywhere and on top of that there was a thick fog, what should have been an easy task was made a chore. Eventually we found the B&B I was staying at which was in 1975.

But it was a nice place that was decently priced in a city that knows how to extract cash out of people. Even more eventually we found the exhibition centre where the show was to be held. Once there some incredibly helpful staff unloaded the van and I proceeded to set up. That was pretty painless amazingly.

Here’s me looking cheery with the stock looking pretty bloody good if I don’t say so myself.

I really do look knackered, but then again I’d just spent a night sleeping in a bed from the 1970’s.

So that’s ten boxes of back issues, a box of variants, two boxes of Silver and Bronze age, a wall full of creamy goodness and loads of stuff under the table waiting to fill a hole.

The doors opened for advance ticket holders at 9.30am. Normally at a show I’d not expect any sort of surge til a good half hour, and as this was only a handful I was happy that I wouldn’t have to run around like a lunatic for a while and I could catch up more with Andy, a former AKA Books and Comics person who was helping me over the weekend.

Wrong. The table soon became busy, then hectic, then rammed as wave after wave of people descended to buy comics. Lots and lots of comics.Obvious titles like Deadpool, Walking Dead and the Avengers were selling but across the board and as for the Silver ad Bronze age, they were selling well. Now I wasn’t overpricing, or religiously adhering to the guide price. I wanted to make money but I also wanted to shift books so everything was priced to sell and sell they did.

That evening in the pub chatting to former AKA people, Steve Montgomery and John McShane I didn’t really manage to grasp just how well I’d done til the next morning when my table looked different.

At least a box of back issues had been sold, the wall flash was different having sold so much off it, and I could bring the packs off the floor. All in all the table looked good and things were going well.

The above is the table on the Sunday morning before the doors opened, and being where I was meant that people could see I sold comics quite easily. It was also open so I could chat, talk and pitch so easily it was an actual pleasure to work the show. Ok, there wasn’t a huge Avengers: Infinity War event, but frankly the film (which as of writing isn’t even out yet) has had such an obvious effect in getting people, especially kids, interested in comics (not bubble tea, or whatever tenuous link some shows and traders have with comics) as a source of entertainment and as a medium. The latter is important because while this book is happening the more kids who see comics for a medium to be explored the better so a huge thanks to organiser James Lundy and his crew who ensured that as a show, the medium of comics was dominant.

Edinburgh Comic Con proves a point that you can not just run a very, very good show in Scotland of this size (in 35 or so years of attending shows this is one of the best I’ve attended) but if you’ve got the stuff (and you know your comics) then you can draw people into the medium. And by the end of the show I was three boxes lighter, knackered and ready for a lot of time in bed sleeping.

I’d like to say more about the con but I can’t. I barely saw the show but what I did was full of people enjoying themselves, and best of all, reading comics. Even better than that, comics they’d bought from me…

Now, the next step in this wee journey. More on that another time but next year I’ll be back at Edinburgh in a much larger operation so more folk can get some comics that may well spark them to become a dealer, or even a creator so we have a next generation of fans who love the medium.

 

Coming Down

This weekend was the Edinburgh Comic Convention. In the 35-ish years It is one of the best organised shows for dealers I’ve attended. I am right now though, a tad knackered and I’m waiting for pizza so a full report will come soon but right now it’s a case of food, sleep and coming down from what was an excellent show.

So, laters.

Come to the Edinburgh Comic Con, buy comics and maybe have an Avengers: Infinity War surprise

My blogs are going to be a tad sparse for the next week or two as I prepare for this year’s Edinburgh Comic Con which will be my first as a trader, and will be the biggest event in Scotland I’ve traded at in 24 years. According to Bleeding Cool there may well be an Avengers: Infinity War related surprise and I for one would be only too glad to sell copies of Vision and Scarlet Witch to Paul Bettany or Elizabeth Olsen.

So I’ll be a tad busy knocking stock into shape while juggling real life, but I do have a few blogs prepared and ready to go which will drip out slowly between now and the con, and do please turn up at the convention to make yourself known. I’ll look something like this…

But happier!

Also, I’ve been told today about something that’ll be available at the con which is related to my Neptune set of blogs, but I can’t say much for now. Come to the con and find out for yourselves!

I’m putting a lot of work into this, and I hope, I’ll have the sort of comics that rarely show their faces at Scottish shows like this. I’ll be setting up on the Friday and mingling on the evening, though obviously post-stroke/cancer I don’t drink alcohol, I am open to cups of tea and a nice glass of cold lemonade!

And remember, this event has nothing to do with this.

Come to Rutherglen Comic Con this Saturday and buy comics from me

This Saturday at Rutherglen Town Hall, in (oddly enough) Rutherglen, is this year’s comic con.

So if you want some Alan Moore Swamp Thing’s, or some godforsaken Doomsday Clock comics, or what little Black Panther related comics I’ve got left after the buzzards on Ebay stripped me bare, then come on down on Saturday. I’ll be near local artist Gary Erskine who’ll be drawing comics I assume.

Anyhow, come spend money on Saturday!