Lots of people have already written about how good the Leeds Thoughtbubble festival was – see here for a summary, including lots of photos. I can only echo those good reports: it was a well-organised (could have done with a floor-plan but that’s a small gripe), well-attended event. Even though the day seemed to go quite slowly, I had my best sales for any event – including the Thing which usually beats everything else hands down.

Here’s a few of the characters who were present:

Fourteen eyes
Fourteen eyes

Hugh Raine, Joe Decie and Al Maceachern, otherwise know as the Twelve Eyes collective, with table decoration Dale O’Flaherty. I bought a couple of comics from these chaps. Highly recommended reads and gentlemen all.

Phil Spence
Phil Spence

My table-neighbour Phil Spence of Ninja Bunny fame. I had an empty table on my other side which didn’t look too good. In front of me was the Forbidden Planet stall – who had put boxes of their stock on the floor, sticking out into the aisle – which meant I had the pleasure of staring at copious arse crack for most of the day, as people bent over for a quick rummage.

Garen Ewing and Dave West
Garen Ewing and Dave West

Garen’s been on the convention trail plugging his excellent book. Dave popped over to my table to say hello – always a pleasure to have a chat with him, which reminded me I’m doing a story for the 2011 Accent UK anthology.

Will Kirkby and Lou Ho
Will Kirkby and Lou Ho

Will and Lou showed me a mock-up copy of the Birdsong/Songbird Anthology they are editing (containing a little story by me). It’s going to be such a beautiful book with all the effort they are putting into the production, and Will’s work in it is his best yet, in my opinion. I can’t wait to see it. I also got to say hello to Warwick Johnson Cadwell, another contributor, who was visiting with the family.

Sorry if I’ve not included you (or maybe you’re not so sorry) – perhaps it’ll be your turn at the next convention….

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