Tuesday, June 07, 2016

It's not grim up North!

John Freeman, Joe Matthews, Lew Stringer, Tim Quinn on the humour panel.
Photograph by Mark Hetherington.
It was a pleasure to be a guest at Lancaster Comics Day on Sunday 5th June. A small but perfectly formed event at Lancaster Library. My thanks to event organiser John Freeman and to Stuart Reynolds and the Friends Of Lancaster Library (and Library staff) for a smoothly run day and for their hospitality. 
Lew Stringer, Sean Phillips, Andy Diggle, J.S. Collyer.
Thanks also of course to those who stopped by my table for a sketch and/or to buy a Brickman comic, and to everyone who attended the panel discussions I was on. It was good to catch up with Tim Quinn after so many years, and to see Adrian Salmon, Julie Tait (of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival), Sean Phillips, Joe Matthews, and Andy Diggle again. Also great to have a pizza and a pint on Saturday night with John Freeman, Antony Esmond, and Mark Braithwaite (of Lancaster's comic shop First Age Comics).  

Here's a few photos that people took on Sunday. You'll find more on the Down the Tubes blog (that all of you should be reading every day if you're not already) with Antony Esmond's review of the event:
John Freeman, Adrian Salmon, Lew Stringer. Tim Quinn at the DWM panel.

Lew Stringer, Tim Quinn, Adrian Salmon.
Attendance on the day was a little down in numbers on last year apparently but understandable considering that Morecambe Carnival was taking place the same day and the weather was so gloriously sunny. There were also at least three other comics conventions happening around the country that weekend too. Even so, it still seemed busy and there was a good, friendly atmosphere for the event. 

Speaking of Tim Quinn, his biography Argh! is on sale now from Miwk Publishing. It's a flip book, with Dicky Howett's biography Drawing Breath on the other side. I'll be reviewing it soon when I've finished reading it. Enjoying it so far! You can order copies from the publisher here:

The next event I will be attending will be Macc-Pow! on June 25th in Macclesfield. More info on that soon!


John Freeman said...

Thanks, Lew. Stuart Reynolds tells me that although numbers were down (the weather was incredible!) the event made almost as much for library funds as last year. There are some things we'll look at for next year, particularly the adult admission prices, but overall, the Friends of Lancaster Library were pleased with the event. Can't say at this point what will happen next year as Lancashire faces swingeing cuts to library services. Hoping we can make an announcement soon.

Lew Stringer said...

That's good, John. I hope it can take place again next year. There was a very nice atmosphere to the event and it was a pleasure to be there.

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