I spent this weekend at the Birmingham comic con, where people dynamically woosh around and look all futuristic and exciting, like this:
Actually, they don't! They look normal - but that's what they look like if you accidentally have your camera on the wrong setting all weekend! But blurry or not, that's where we were, selling copies of the Demon Tomato to unsuspecting passers-by, as part of the Manchester Comix Collective table.
Here I am at our table, along with Lizz Lunney. I hadn't met her before, but when I was reading through her comics I giggled so much she thought I was making fun of the customers or something. Not pictured, Adam Cadwell and Chris Doherty, who were both there and had comics on sale (also brilliant - an autobiographical comic-strip and a high-school murder-mystery B-movie homage story (did I get that right Adam?) respectively), they just weren't actually sitting there at that moment, and Abby Ryder, who was drawing sketches of superheroes for people and taking pictures of us.
Our favourite customer of the day was this young lady, but we forgot to ask what her name was, so I can't thank her properly yet. (Sorry!)
She came and spoke with us for a while about how she hadn't been interested in comics until recently, when she'd seen some of her brothers' comics and thought they looked pretty good. Then she went looking round the whole con, and eventually brought her family back to us to pick up a Demon Tomato. Now she's got her own comic and doesn't have to peer over her brothers' shoulders any more.
You never know, she might think it's really rubbish - but she didn't seem the shy type. I'm hoping if there's anything she doesn't like about the comic, she'll march over and tell me what it is, and help me make the next ones better.
So, thanks to everyone who stopped by our table and bought a copy of the comic, and of course to everyone who bought other Manchester Comix Collective things as well. The aim is to get as many people looking at our work as we can.
The rest of you can read the comic by following the link in the previous post, below this one...