Managed to struggle home last night from Stanstead airport, through the pouring rain at Liverpool Street.. ah London.... you know how to welcome a soul home!
I can honestly say that this year's 2D Comics festival was an absolute roaring success. We had more guests than ever before, and we were blessed with the most beautiful weather. The Sun shone down over Derry town, and for all the world we could have been on the Riviera!
Thanks must go to David Campbell at the Verbal Arts Centre, who's tireless enthusiasm makes this annual show possible, and our dear friend, Garry Leach, master artist at large, and mother hen , who herded all the cats, and risked a nervous breakdown trying to organise all the guests!
L to R seated, Garry Leach, Mike Collins , Will Simpson, outside SANDINO'S BAR
The Verbal arts Centre was flooded with visitors on Saturday, people queuing to meet Comics legends like Mick McMahon (yes.. Mick McMahon, sketching for the crowd..I could've wept), Glenn Fabry, Mike Collins, Garry Leach, Mark Chiarello (All the way from NYC!!), Will Simpson, David Hine, D'Israeli, Phil Winslade, Rob Davis, Nick Roche, PJ Holden, Gary Northfield, Jim Medway, Vicky Stonebridege, Stephen Downey, and err... me. (leg end... or at best bell end, I know, I know...)
The classes were all very well attended, and taught you how to create your own comics, design robots and do cartooning!
In the evenings there were Talks and Creator discussion panels at the magnificent Sandino's Bar, our home away for home. I plan to take up residency on the floor, under the bar!
L to R, Mark Chiarello, Mike Collins, Will Simpson and Phil Winslde entertaining the crowd at Sandino's on the 'Breaking in to Comics' panel!
I got to interview Glenn Fabry and Mick McMahon in front of an audience... which was bloody terrifying, but great fun! I felt very honoured to be even in the same room... (if only I could go back in time, and tell my ten year old self I've been able to do this!)
Garry Leach and me failing not to giggle on BBC NI services. What Pros...
2D Comics Festival is a unique show... It's a step back in time to when Comics were for everyone, not just the fanboys. we had families, kids, boys, girls, cosplayers, passersby, and hardcore Comics fans mingling, drawing, chatting to creators, and having fun.
There's hardly anything to buy at this show..it's about meeting others... in the art world, and your own communities. I met kids who'd become friends at previous years' shows and were now making their own books.
Derry is incredibly lucky to have both the Verbal Arts Centre, it's amazing staff, and someone as forward thinking as David Campbell.
David's helped created something which reaches out to everyone, from all communities, and the smiles on everyones faces said it all. People had travelled from across Ireland and the UK to come to Derry, to enjoy this Festival...I'm truly awestruck.
Thanks again to everyone who came along, took the time to come and talk, show us their art, attend the classes, panels and after hour drinks..it was magical.
Every time I go back to Derry, I feel like I've come home to friends.
Stick that in your pipe, Kapow.
x x x Ruf..Team Tankie Pencil Divison