Thanks to Alexi Conman, Newcastle city library and everyone who helped out, was a guest, did a talk, manned a stall, ran a workshop, helped people find what they were looking for and the five hundred or so people who attended, it was, to my mind, a very very fine day and most excellent success.
|The Canny Comic Con is GO!|
- Gordon Robertson and Luke Halsall of the Glasgow League of Writers who I'm now hoping to be working with at some point in the future.
- Ed Murphy of Rough Cut Comics, who I first ran into at Thought Bubble and whose enthusiasm for the con and comics knows no bounds that I could see.
- Gary Erskine, whose Roller Grrrls project lured me in with sexy and powerful artwork to reveal an extremely well thought out project with a very human core to it. Looking forward to this one.
|Graham Pearce and Al Ewing||Gary Erskine|
...and of course the Paper Jam Comics Collective, whose own Andy Waugh chaired or took part in several of the talks; Jack Fallows, who opened proceedings with the first talk; Mike Thompson manning the Travelling Man table; Britt, who I shared a table with; and Ian Mayor who acted as people wrangler in chief. Others running workshops I'll mention below. And this lot who heroically manned the Canny Communal table:
|The Canny Table: Terry, Matt, Lydia and En|
- Bryan Talbot's Grandville and the Anthropomorphic Tradition is a talk i've seen a few times and which I don't tire of: it's constantly evolving and always fascinating. See it if you can, and this time round he had preview cover artwork for Grandville: Bête Noire, which we're told will be a take on James Bond. It looked smart. Bryan is a class act and was the first guest to confirm for the con. You should all buy Grandville and see his talk if ever you get the opportunity.
- Dr Mel Gibson's talk Studying Comics: Where to start? demonstrated that there's a world of literature beyond Scott McCloud. My Recommendation is to check out her website: www.dr-mel-comics.co.uk
|Ingi, from Tees Toons. With Isaac, Mark and Jacob|
The atmosphere... for the whole day reminded me of HiEx, in being bouncy, easy going and family friendly, which is a sure sign of something going right.
- The all ages workshops and competitions from the fantastic Cuttlefish Comics, Tees Toons, Art Heroes and the lovely Brittany Coxon.
- Judge Dredd and the Readers of the Lost Art giving away free comics.
- Newcastle City Library whose staff were entirely brilliant, but also, just the fact of hosting in a community centre rather than a professional convention centre made for an excellent mix of kids and kurious.
- The list of people I didn't speak to nearly enough and/or haven't mentioned here is enormous
|Paul Regan has the power to make cigarettes|
hover in front of his face awaiting their turn.
|Spleenal by Nigel Auchterlounie, looks filthy.||One of Doug's first stories for an american publisher was one of my favourite Grant Morrison Doom Patrol stories.|
|Gary Bainbridge, who I typically |
didn't get to talk to enough.
- Alexi Conman's thoughts on the day and the celebration of comics
- I didn't mention the Viz, while I respect it a lot it's not really my thing. However: Ian Mayor's report for Bleeding Cool rightly addresses why their presence was essential and excellent.
- Cuttlefish's Canny Comic Con Roundup
- Ingi talks about the monsters
- Andy Waugh reports