April 20th was Comiket day!
like Comiket, and I've been selling my stuff there for a few years now.
Each one has been a bit different. I remember taking a break from cons
after putting the O Men on hiatus, and I went to a Comiket upstairs at
the ICA, which looked great. I think people had trouble carrying their
boxes up the stairs though, as there was no lift! Then I signed up for a
table at the next one at the ICA, which was downstairs and it was very
dark and claustrophobic! I launched Spandex there (when I printed up
about 100 copies!) and my little colourful flyers seemed very popular! I
remember having to leave early to go to my Japanese teacher's amateur
soprano concert. Then they moved the Comikets to Liverpool Street and it
was good - but one show was way too busy - and the one after got a bit
quieter (altho mainly because it was spread into different rooms).
This time they moved to the new Central Saint Martin's College in King's Cross - it used to be near Tottenham Court Road.
tend to feel more relaxed about Comikets, as they are just one-day
fairs and they are local to me, but in the weeks leading up to it, I
felt like I should have been preparing stuff (flyers, making mini-comics
etc) but was too busy drawing other things! Eventually, the day came
along, and I got up at 7am and prepped as much as possible, but there
still wasn't enough time. (In the end, it turned out I had plenty of
stuff, so didn't need to prepare anything!).
So we got to King's Cross at 10 and I got a bit confused because of the
building works. After staring at a map for 10 minutes, we decided to
follow Google Maps, but apparently the College isn't set up properly
there yet - as we discovered! So the iphone was sending me south,
towards Chancery Lane, and after 15 minutes I was like 'Hmm, nah, it's
supposed to be in King's Cross!' So we headed back and again looked at
the aforementioned map we'd looked at before (nope still couldn't see
it), then I decided to check out the little map on the Comiket website
(which I probably should have done first of all) and headed in the right
direction. I bumped into Sean Azzopardi and someone else, and we all
headed north, not convinced we were going the right way. Eventually we
thought we'd found it, and suddenly about 30 indie people turned the
corner too - so finally, success!
Because of our troubles finding the venue, I was worried the con would
be dead, but no - what a great turn-out. It was really busy all day. I
was in the back room with a lot of the big publishers plus the Drawing
Parade. Jonathan Cape were there (one of the women was knitting all day,
which I found a bit odd), and Nobrow (I was expecting them to be loads
of bespectacled arty men, but no, they were two quiet young ladies).
Zoom, Philippa Rice and Timothy Winchester were also in there, plus Self
Made Hero and Myriad. I think I had the best banners lol.
This Comiket reminded me a lot of Thought Bubble, partly because a lot
of the same creators were there, and partly because the other room had a
Thought Bubble atmostphere. The other room had a lot more tables in it
and was a bit brighter - i think i'd prefer to be in there next time.
So I can't really talk much about the comics that were there, as it's all the usual suspects really!
didn't buy much, as I have a lot of the stuff I want - and I'm
generally trying to cut down - I prefer digital these days. I did pick
up Windrush 2 (which has some nice Spandex in-jokes), a couple of things
from Philippa Rice, a couple of things from Rob Jackson (i've seen him
around for years but never tried his comics - about time!) and something
from Lizz Lunney (see Rob Jackson).
The audience at Comikets is fantastic. Very open-minded, chatty,
inquisitive, lovely. You kind of get the same range of punters at every
show - the people who are quiet, the people who talk a bit too much, the
people who want to start their own comics but don't know how - plus of
course you get the friends you see each time (some of whom have their
So all in all, a really nice show - a bit tiring. The only drawback? Our
neighbours - naming no names (not Nobrow). Boy, did they stink. From
the moment I arrived, I caught a heavy B.O. whiff, and it's true - at
least two of them really did smell. Grown men - what's wrong with them? I
just hope punters didn't think it was me!