Well I made it to Supanova in Sydney. I was a bit dubious about going- but I'd paid my money etc and so I had to- and just as wellbecause it was pretty good- and its nice to be among the beautiful people that populate these things .
(beautiful people are fellow artists and visitors and cosplayers- not organisers/health and safety zealots and the like).
I actually really enjoy driving down because I get to get out of my burrow and see the world along the way- lots of beautiful trees and old farmhouses and rivers and bridges.
(And myriad shitty roadworks with 9 safety vest wearing baboons watching as a 10th scratches its bum and holds a "slow" sign.-*only slight exaggeration-*.)
Also this time when I got to Sydney I knew where I was going- what I was doing and had a trolley to cart my gear so a stress free bump in for once.I had a whole table for the Little Mates books and Dinosaur Rocks and Wombat went a Walking, and one for my other games and not for kids stuff.
Didn't have much time to check out other people but I did manage to
See people I knew:- Lesley Vamos had a great setup with very- I dunno- New york looking drawings?
and Serena Geddes passed by.
Saw Paul Caggegi , and met his wife and his insanely cute daughter.
See people whose work I knew:- Selina Fenech who had a stand of nice romantic faerie type images , and Steve Carter and Antoinette Rydyr who do work on the edge- kind of diametrically opposed to romantic faerie imagery.
Actually "SCAR" are a bit like australias Robert Crumb in term of being boundary pushing fringe dwellers for a long long time (minus the political and daily life commentary -replaced by graphic/extreme imagery).
Next table to me was Emerson Ward- a great guy with similar art taste, who helped me out (watched my stall- sold more of my stuff than me when he did etc). Thanks Emerson.
Across from me was Sarah Ellerton who'd put a lot of work into a graphic novel which looks very nice.
I met a few other people with interesting projects too- some which would be very nice to work on.
If I can survive the next 2 months and gets the books done that is . They (the Little mates ones) have taken all my time and put me in a world of hurt way way behind with the other things I need to do).
On a bittersweet note I saw the progress of the Bottersnikes and Gumbles film- which I would love to have worked on (seems they went without me)- but which looks properly in the spirit and appealing- proof that its a good property..
On the topic of looking on the bright side- here is a pretty picture of dawn on the worst road in australia- Parramatta Rd.At the top of the post are some of the drawings I did while at my table.
On the topic of books I had about 5 teachers come and praise the Little mates books and good response to the Dinosaur Rocks spreads.Fingers crossed for Dinosaur Rocks. I sold a bunch of Little Mates books and got lots of recognition from people who'd already bought them.
Which is nice after the "Dear John" letter (or Lachlan as the case may be ) I got from those Pinerolo residency people.