When I think about Auto Assembly it feels as though it has always been there. Something that always felt fresh & new and yet had been around for longer than even I knew. It most probably had that feel due to the ever changing nature of the show with the location shifts & ever growing and changing fan base. My association with the show goes far back even longer than most people probably realise. I used to be a toy dealer, Specifically 80's toys & Primarily Transformers. The 1st dedicated Transformers show for me was Transforce swiftly followed by Auto Assembly.
Back then I wanted to work in Comics, specifically Transformers. I fell into selling toys just how many do, by being a collector 1st. It was at this show I started drawing a Transformers The Movie Poster at which point Andrew Wildman came over to chat to me, & give me some Sage Advise. Fast Forward a few Years, with many bumps along the road & I was a now a Guest at the same AA. Yes at a different location, with new people, & new Experiences. I was working on The How to Draw Guide at the time alongside John Mccrea. It may even have been the 1st show I was actually a Guest at.
With several changes of location between shows & a growing fan base we finally reached AA 2015. This was to be the final show & I have to admit I was slightly relived. It had been a part of my Convention Experiences since the Beginning and always felt it was best to go out on a high. Which it most certainly did.
For the Final Show I wasn't a Guest but I did appear in the Artists Alley. Hence wasn't around for many of the usual evening Hijinks due to other work commitments. In one way I was glad, I never did feel comfortable on Stage, which is one of the things that you have to do as a Guest at a show. I am fine one to one or in small groups, but when 500 people plus are watching you I tend to go blank & the only thing I can think of saying is 'Buy my Stuff'
I got asked for my usual Sketches at the show, and some of my Unusual ones, some of which I won't even post on here. The one thing I do seem to get is the slightly warped fanbase. Or the Sketches other Artists don't want to touch in case of reprisals. Me though, if I think it will be fun to draw I will give it a go.
Which Brings me Right to the Closing Ceremony. Unexpectedly the Artists Alley was called up to the Stage, I didn't really want to go. As Public Emotion is not really my thing. I save that for when I lock myself under the cupboard. I tagged along as it would have felt bad not to. First up was Jason Cardy with a microphone in hand talking to the crowd in front with enough emotion to make Sadam Hussein cry, even after his death. In short he expressed his love for AA the People involved & his time there. All I could think was 'oh god how do I follow that?' Anything I would have said would have look disinterested & uncaring. Not that I would be. It's just like I said, I save that for under the cupboard.
Which then brings me on to that moment of Relief, where he turned his speech on its head and into a proposal live on stage for TFA's very own Kat Nicholson. Yes it was corny, it was slightly embarrassing, and of course Transformers Catchphrases were used. But most of all it was Sweet.
She said Yes by the way.
There was lots of emotion as that show closed, which I'm not good at. The one think that stuck with me though was how nice everyone was. How nice they were to each other. Yes there is always exceptions. But more than 99% of the people there were fundamentally just really nice human beings. As I drove away it really hit me at how much it was a family & if I said I didn't shed a tear. I'd be a liar.
Sometimes for things to move forward other things have to end. Its Evolution and nothing lasts forever. The most important thing is to make sure you have a good time along the way.
& with Auto Assembly there were great times.
So here we are, another year older, a tad bit wiser & a New Show to Experience.
I will be Starting of my Tour of these fair British Isles (& their inner-cities) at The Ultimate Geek Weekend. At least thats what it promises on the Flyer! 2015 Convention season starts out Early, so early I haven't took the tree down yet, but bare with me it will be done. I promise.
You can find me at Digi-Con on the 10th to 11th January, Sketching, Signing & most likely talking a lot,
until the voice gives up of course. Other Guests include my former bowling Partner Ernie Hudson, Doctors Paul Mcgann & Peter Davidson, just incase there are any illnesses & a list so long I cannot be bothered to type it.
There are of course other artists, but you know I'm the one you really want.
For a full list of guests check here: www.digi-con.co.uk
Oh also theres been some changes on the website, you like? I do. That's not a proposal, just an observation.
There is now a link to my Instagram feed, Updated Galleries & a whole new look, with much more to follow & If you want to see where you can find me through 2015 just check out the 2015 Tour Dates.
Until next time!
(I really do need a better signing off handle)
Whats next for me?
Well look above you fool!
Yep it's NOR-CON V Also known as Norwich Sci-Fi Convention.
When is it?
What, can't you read?? Look Above! Its on Sunday the 7th September!
I've kindly been asked to be a guest alongside a plethora of TV stars &
one other Lee.
Based in The Holiday Inn, Norwich North NR6 6JA, There will be lots of
Fun for the whole family if you choose to bring them.
Celebrity Photo-Shoots, Traders Hall, Autographs, Cosplay Competition,
The Simpsons Sofa, Thunderbirds Fab 1, plus loads more!
If you want to know who else will be there besides Kai Owen,
Chris Barrie, Ben Miller... Well you better check their website:
Oh & yes I will be taking Pre-Orders! :)
I am Very pleased to say I will be returning as a guest to this years Wales Comic Con! This Will be my Only Event in April as I have a lot of Upcoming work, but it is definitely a show not to be missed!
They have a fantastic Artist & Writer Guest List with the likes of Jonathan Ross, Charlie Adlard, Neil Edwards, Mike Carey and more, & the Film & Actor Guestlists? Well....Allison Mack (Smallville) Zack Galligan (Gremlins) Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf) plus lots more!
Also Wrestling legends, Jimmy Hart, Chris Masters, Vader....& on the list goes!
My *PRE-ORDER* List is Also Now OPEN!
Just go to the Commissions Section of This Website!
For more info about the show & who else is attending simply click Below.
This Weekend I will be at The MCM Birmingham Comic Con! Taking place from Saturday the 22nd to Sunday 23rd. If You are Looking for Original Comic Pages, Sketch Covers or Cards, Come and find me!
SATURDAY: 9.00am to 5pm (For Early Ticket holders) 11am to 5pm (for General ticket holders)
SUNDAY: 10am to 5pm (For Early Ticket holders) 11am to 5pm
Due to the volume of work I currently have on, I currently will not be taking Pre-Orders for this show. If your After a Sketch, Remember 1st come 1st serve!
This Weekend is the 1st MCM COMIC CON of the year where I will be returning to The International Centre Telford on 15 February.
My first show in MCM Expo’s packed 2014 schedule, you will find me in the Comic Village section of the show. Wether you Want a Sketch, to buy a Print of just have a chat, feel free to pop down & check it out.
Whatever the character or challenge, come and surprise me!
Bringing a taste of the London Comic Con to Telford, the MCM Midlands Comic Con is a great day out for the whole family – I will look forward to seeing you there.
I have been flooded with requests for commissioned art recently. With The London Super Comic Con on the way I am accepting a limited number of pre-convention commissions for pick up at this show.
Advantages to having a Pre-Convention Sketch?
1. You avoid a queue! If you have seen me at a convention I'm pretty much welded to my seat from show opening till close sketching.
2.You are Guaranteed a sketch, I can only take on so many at a show.
3. In my studio I can take a bit more time on your piece, I can use more Varied Art materials and do not have to rush.
Just click on the Commissions Section of this Website where you can pick the type of Sketch You Want & Pay Via Paypal!
Hey I'm well known for my last Minute desisons, so here's another one! I am pleased to say I will be joining TEAM ZUKES us on Sunday at Collectormania 20 in Milton Keynes!
You will find me at the show at their Comic Tables doing what I do best, no not dancing, Sketching!
I will be selling original artwork, prints and taking orders for sketches & Sketch Covers!
Please note I AM ONLY THERE ON SUNDAY!
So I can only produce so much, So make sure you get to me early at Collectormania 20!!!
If you want to Pre-book a Sketch, there really is not much time, Go to the COMMISSIONS Section of this website & Use the Current Link!
Be Seeing You Sunday!