The weekend took myself, Jack Fallows and Mallard Small Press, north of the border for the second small press fair at the Forest Cafe in Edinburgh. There's a photo of the table. Because obviously, you've never seen me post anything like that before. Last year's event was really good. Honestly, it wasn't the most well organised, but it had a charm, a fair few decent artists and a refreshingly open atmosphere.
This year's was a huge disappointment. We were in the tiny cafe itself rather than the event-friendly hall upstairs. Essentially feeling in the way and unwelcome. I don;t want to go on and on about the negatives, more articulate folk have done that elsewhere.
But, the lack of involvement from the original organisers meant that the event felt like it was fumbling around in the dark. As a way of recompense, every North East comics creator is now duty bound to join us in hosting a small press fair in Newcastle.
Comics creators of the world, unite!