Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Thought Bubble and Myths and Monsters launch!

Since winning the Thought Bubble Comic Art Competition in 2014 and attending the fair for the first time then, I really wanted to table there one day. 
It was an intimidating prospect, being a pretty massive event compared to the smaller scale fairs I've been to recently, but my ambition paid off this past weekend (5th and 6th November) when myself and my sister Karis (as the Big Brown Eyes Collective) had a half table in the Royal Armouries Hall!

We'd been working on our new anthology Myths and Monsters for several months and managed to get it together and printed in time ready for the fair. The unboxing is always very nerve-racking but thankfully the colours look great and the cover I'd designed is all nice and central - phew!

See a preview of it on Broken Frontier HERE

All profits from any sales of this will go towards publishing our next collective anthology where we hope to invite other artists to submit! Eventually we'd love our anthology to be an annual/bi-annual publication giving aspiring (and established) artists and illustrators a chance to have their work published and publicised :)

Our new anthology is 36 pages, featuring 7 comics based on... (you guessed it!) Myths and Monsters from around the world:

A snippet at the comics in our 36 page book :)

Peeking out between the prints!

The view of the hall from our table

Me and Karis!

Sadly our sister Freya (the third member of our collective) couldn't attend this fair, as she's too busy with her veterinary studies at the moment but she'll hopefully be able to attend more with us in the future :)

We were in the Royal Armouries Hall which I really liked, as it was still a big room but compared to the New Dock Hall it was a lot smaller and felt like we weren't getting lost amongst too many people!

We had some really nice neighbours either side of us too who we chatted to throughout the day: Joy Suke and Lorenzo Fruzza. Their work was amazing and they were both so friendly it made the day go  quicker rather than just me and Karis talking to each other. It was fun seeing all the cosplayers pass by as well. We especially loved a couple who had dressed up as Tulio and Miguel from The Road to Eldorado!

Andy Oliver (Broken Frontier's Editor in Chief) paid us a visit too which was lovely. He's been supporting my work, and that of our collective, since our first book debuts into the self publishing world last year, and his continued support and promotion of our work means a lot - thanks Andy!

We didn't stay behind on Saturday for the after party and sadly we had to dash off on the Sunday too, so we missed out on what would have been some great socialising post-fair. But we're determined next year to go all out and stay the entire weekend so we get to meet more people, as that is what I've found makes the whole experience worthwhile.

New Dock Hall was so busy!

TB Haul:

I did my first comic swap with the lovely Emma Raby (a fellow Broken Frontier's 'One to Watch'!), exchanging our Beginnings anthology for her beautiful comic The Dead Moon.

Other books I bought: 
The Fox by Joe Latham
Nj√°lla by Rozi Hathaway
Sad Ghost Pin from The Sad Ghost Club

An amazing event, definitely will be applying again next year!

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