Okay so I was back from this years Bristol Comic Expo. The 1st show I ever went to as a fan and eventually as an industry insider.
So what do I think? I thought it was great. It was definatley busier than last time, and although I did not hang around for the Sunday last year. This year there were decent numbers on this day, which is a one of the difficult things for any 2 day show.
The Saturday started with being asked to draw a Slag. A Dinobot Slag that is, after all this was a comiccon! From there the requests came thick and fast & a nice mix they were too. Optimus Prime, Game of Thrones, Loki, Hellcat, Wolverine, Deadpool, Quentin Quire, a nice mix indeed.
There of course was a tricky one, there always is. Iron Man, Full Colour, but within his latest movie garb. Now Iron Man's not a problem but have you seen the level of tech on his new armour?
It worked out just fine though.
Normally at a show I would be locked behind the table for the full weekend. This time however I was asked to join a panel on Nostalgia in Comics and quite interesting it was too. I was joined with my good pal's John-Paul Bove & Liam Shalloo for the talk. We had a few laughs and all found it far deeper than we expected. The last contributer made the greatest observation. Wether Nostalgia will actually disapear. As with this internet age, nothing truley disapears and everything is accessable. So we never really have time to miss or remaniss about anything anymore. As it is always there, readily available.
Overall this was a good show. Not as busy or as intense as the larger shows. But it did have a nice feel to it. People had time to chat, get sketches, and have a browse around, without being overwhelmed. I like the direction it is heading and personally think they did a great job.
Long live Bristol Expo!