Life imitates art – Welcome to Wales
Next weekend (25th and 26th Feb) the Cardiff International Comic & Animation Expo is back , expanding to two days following the success of last year’s one day event. Despite the lure of Stan the Man in London, I wouldn’t miss my adopted home town convention for anything (no hotel means more to spend in the bar). Markosia will be represented by their Cardiff contingent consisting of myself, Chris Lynch (The Dark) and Simon Wyatt (Unbelievable) which of course means you’ll be able to pick up “The Interactives”. The book’s opening has a decidedly Welsh flavour and it’s on this side of the border that all the action kicks off, so it’s another homecoming for the book in a lot of ways.
As well as signing copies across the weekend I’ll also be taking part in two of the panels at the event. At noon on Sunday I’ll be hosting Never mind the quality, a panel that asks the question “Now that anyone with internet access can publish their work worldwide does that mean there are now more creators with less raw talent producing British comics than ever before?” Inspired by David Lloyd‘s recent comments about the UK indie scene, I’ll be joined by Chris Lynch, Steve Tanner, Jon Haward and Michael Carroll for what promises to be a lively debate. And at 3pm the same day Gavin and Dan from the Sidekickcast will be hosting Markosia The Welsh Connection – Unbelievably dark and interactive where Simon, Chris and I take you behind the scenes and lift the curtain on the making of our debut graphic novels. We should be finished just in time for Cardiff to take on Liverpool in the Carling Cup Final with a bit of luck.
If you’ve already bought a copy of The Interactives bring it along to get signed. And if you haven’t booked your tickets yet you’ll need to get a move on as advanced ticket sales close on Sunday and on the door tickets aren’t guaranteed.