Notes from Leeds

I landed in Leeds a bit before noon today, where I’ll be part of the Thought Bubble comics festival 2012. I’m sharing a table with Oliver East, with whom I did a remix book that will premiere this Saturday — we decided to call it East-Haverholm, more about it when I’m home and have some kind of idea how many I can put up for sale.

I’m very excited to be here, so excited in fact that I got up at 3am this morning, after 5hrs of sleep, to catch my flight. I spent the afternoon walking around the city in a daze of insomnia, trying to keep myself awake long enough that I could beat my sleep pattern back in place.

That may have worked, but in my mind I started taking notes about the British Experience that stood out for me. Kind of like, I don’t know, Xmas ornaments to a heroin addict. I would like to state again, for the record, that I was only influenced by sleep deprivation and caffeine. Ahem.

So here it is, my seven-points list of Notes About Britain so far, filtered through a lack of sleep:
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No quarter

I sat down and planned 2012. It doesn’t look very ambitious, but considering I quit C’est Bon Kultur, which is a very well-oiled unit in every respect, those are the events I dare promise to show at.

April 27-29 Stockholm International Comics Festival, Stockholm

What used to be called SPX has probably been renamed to avoid confusion with the (slightly better-known) Washington festival. It remains, however, Sweden’s foremost comics festival, and you don’t want to miss it if you’re a local. Shoot, in recent years even Top Shelf and Buenaventura Press have been going!

In a bit of a “beauties and the beast” constellation, I’ll be tabling with two of my favourite comic artists, Sofia Falkenhem and Eliza Frye. Can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to that!

October – AltCom, Malmö

Although the AltCom festival still hasn’t been announced for this year, I’m taking for granted that it will continue to fill the biannual gap between  ISV comic festivals, and anyway it’s right in my backyard, so I’ll be there in one capacity or another.

November 12-18 – Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds

I’ve wanted to go to TB since I first heard of it, and with the amount of talent in th UK at the moment, I would really be stupid not to go. So far the exhibitor signup hasn’t opened, so no details are available yet – other than I’ll be there, manning a table alone or with friends.

All of this information is subject to change, and will be individually updated as needed in later posts. Just to say, keep your eyes on this blog :)