Factory work

I made a brief escape from the table in the Comics Clock Tower and went to see the dashing Oliver East doing his intense 12-hour live drawing in the Factory space. Snapshots:

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I think it’s eerie how he and I have been unaware of each other’s work the past 6 months and yet started working with rather similar ways of mark making, monoprinting with found objects, and creating textures.

Oliver also did 8 huge murals in the same space:

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Walking back from the Factory, I realised one advantage of tabling in the town hall is that you can basically always find your way there by going after the huge tower…

Good morning, #LICAF!

There’s much to be said for an English breakfast, but if you scale it down to vegetarian options, you’re basically stuck with toast and beans.

Back on topic: I set up the teeny tiny C’est Bon Kultur table in the Comics Clock Tower this morning, and now that the fair is open, I’m really struggling with my urge to go around checking out other exhibitors’ stuff… That’ll be after hours, though.

One thing, and I’m by no means complaining here, but I’d imagined the venue to actually be way up in the rafters of the town hall clocktower. Dave Gibbons could’ve given a Watchmen talk straddled atop the clockwork. As it is, the ground floor conference rooms will do.

Aside: I saw Scott McCloud running a red light to make it here this morning. You can do that in Kendal and hardly even bother anyone, though.

Leaving for LICAF

And man, do I hope the weather in Kendal is at least drier than here. 15mins out in Swedish autumn and I’m not half drenched. Expect me to be literally steaming on the plane.

Landing in Manchester will be like stepping into an Oliver East comic, or so I hope – specifically the airport scene from Swear Down.

I saved myself a challenge for the actual travel and skipped planning the trip from Manchester to Kendal. I call it “train surprise”. Let’s see how that works out…