Glasgow Comic Con has come and gone for another year, but I still have a few convention dates on the calendar. Here’s an overview of what conventions you’ll be able to find me at over the remainder of 2014, and what I’ll likely have available there.
MCM SCOTLAND EXPO, 6th-7th September
We’re just a couple of weeks away from the second annual MCM Scotland Expo in Glasgow’s SECC. Last year’s inaugural event had a few question marks hanging over it. With Glasgow Comic Con already firmly establishing itself as my hometown’s native con, was there a niche for another con on the calendar? And with the comics quotient reduced to a Comics Village within a more general geek culture event, did exhibitors risk being ghettoized and overlooked? And with relatively little publicity for the event beforehand, would people even show up for it? The answers ended up being yes, no and HELL YES! The show ended up being massive, with queues round the block and people waiting hours to get in. The event was so huge that this year it has been expanded to a two-day event to cope with the demand. It’s a suitably different event from Glasgow Comic Con, based in a large warehouse rather than the more intimate vibe Glasgow Comic Con creates by peppering multiple small dealer’s rooms across the CCA and nearby venues. And the demographic MCM attracts seems to be a lot younger and more diverse, a lot of teenagers – teenage girls in particular – more into anime and manga than traditional comics. But last year, this new audience seemed very keen to explore the Comics Village and try new things, so let’s hope that carries over to this year!
For this show, I’ll be sharing a table with Iain McGarry. Iain is an exciting upcoming writer I’ve been a fan of for some time. He’s been making a name for himself by having his shorts published in various anthologies, but at MCM he’ll be debuting Night and Day, the first collection of his work. Trust me when I say this is going to be one of the hottest comics of the show, and one you’ll definitely want to get your hands on.
As for me, I’ll be selling copies of the full-colour Diamond edition of And Then Emily Was Gone #1, along with black-and-white advance preview editions of issues #2 and #3. I’ll also have a supply of the highly popular And Then Emily Was Gone prints from Glasgow Comic Con. I’ll also be selling through my remaining stock of The Standard: be warned, stock for some issues is VERY limited! I’ll have Glasgow exclusive editions of the final two issues, so anyone who missed out at Glasgow Comic Con will have the chance to find out how the story ends ahead of the worldwide release at the end of September.
NEW YORK COMIC CON, 9th-12th October
The biggest show on my calendar, my annual trip to New York is something I eagerly look forward to each year. This will be my fourth time attending the big show at the Javitts Center, and I can’t wait to meet up with my American comics friends once again. But this year is extra special, because not only will I be joined at the ComixTribe table by returning NYCC veterans Tyler James (Epic, The Red Ten), Joe Mulvey (Scam), Cesar Feliciano (The Red Ten) and Alex Cormack (Future Proof, I Play the Bad Guy), but Iain Laurie, artist and co-creator of And Then Emily Was Gone, will also be coming along for the trip and making an appearance at the show!
And what a jampacked table of goodness you’ll find at the ComixTribe booth. You’ll find all the available issues of Scam, The Red Ten, Epic, as well as the gorgeous hardcover collected editions of Scam: The Ultimate Collection, The Red Ten, Vol. 1, The Oxymoron and C is for Cthhulu. As for my stuff, for the first time at NYCC I’ll have the entire run of The Standard, all 6 chapters collected into 5 comics (including the double-length final issue set for release in September). Having the whole series available at New York Comic Con is a major milestone I’ve been wanting to reach for years, I’m so happy to have finally made it happen.
As for And Then Emily Was Gone, by the time New York Comic Con rolls around the first three issues will have been released worldwide. We’ll have all those in stock at the convention, but by that point, we also expect all the artwork on the series to be complete, so we could possibly have an advance preview edition of issues #4 and #5 available for those in attendance: watch this space for more news on that front. With Iain Laurie in attendance, there’s also a good chance you’ll be able to get a sketch from one of the breakout comic artists of 2014!
And that’s everything. Oh, wait, one more thing…
At New York Comic Con last year, ComixTribe announced Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare, a 4-issue miniseries with a story from me and Oxymoron creator Tyler James, and art from the incomparable Alex Cormack. The series won’t be launching until 2015, but the script and art for the first issue is complete, and word on the grapevine is that, with Alex, Tyler and myself all in attendance, attendees who stop by our table might just get a first look a little bit sooner. Again… watch this space!
With such a wealth of content, ComixTribe seems poised to stand as the king of the Small Press section on the NYCC floor!
THOUGHT BUBBLE, 15th-16th November
Thought Bubble is always a cracking way to wrap up the con year. Really cool venue, and a great, relaxed atmosphere, it gets bigger every year but has still captured that elusive intimate small con vibe. But this year is poised to be the biggest yet, with some huge names from the world of comics descending on Royal Armouries in Leeds for a weekend of comics festivities.
I’ll be in attendance, with my table at the Thought Bubble Teepee at the center of the convention campus. I’ll be sharing a table with Nathaniel Walpole, a very talented cartoonist whose distinctive, experimental work is sure to see him get a reputation in the years to come. I’ll have all the stock I sold at New York, some of it making its first appearance on UK soil at the show. Also, Will Robson, co-artist on issues #5 and #6 of The Standard, will be in attendance, and will likely be on-hand to do a bit of signing and sketching.
And that’s how my convention calendar is looking. I hope you’ll be in attendance for at least one of these shows. If you are, please come find me and say hello!