This year’s London Super Comic Convention is over and done with and the Outré editors had a very good time. Magnus signed copies of his Vessel of Terror at the Markosia booth, and Glenn went around chasing signatures from sequential art legends such as Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe, Gary Erskine and John McCrea.
But our favorite part of the con was to just walk around the floor and talk to some of the small press folks. And though we didn’t have time to check out every single table, our overall impression was that LSSC’s artist alley was filled with tons of talented comic creators.
Here’s a sample of what we bought from the various guys and gals we chatted with:
Both Magnus and Glenn picked up the first volume of Brett Uren’s Kuzimu, published by 215 Ink. Kuzimu is an unique beast both art and story-wise, as the story is about a reptilian creature making its way through a forgotten spirit realm. Definitely a book for fans of the “new weird” genre. And without giving anything away: don’t be surprised if you see Brett’s work in a future issue of Outré.
Sarah Jones sold postcards, prints and mini-comics at her table, and Glenn bought a copy of The Doll Maker. Illustrated in a manga style, the book tells a bitter-sweet tale about a life-changing meeting between a doll maker and a customer. Since we’re all about free comics here at Outré HQ, we’re happy tell you that Sarah has posted the entire comic on her website. Check it out, but remember to have your handkerchief ready!
Glenn also picked up a couple of mini-comics from Aneurin Wright, author of the acclaimed graphic novel Things to do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park When You’re 29 & Unemployed. The first one, titled Never eat with a spoon that which can be eaten with a fork, is basically a series of illustrated mug shots of people who were banned from the shopping mall where Aneurin used to work. The second book was titled One bedroom’s all you can sleep in at a time, and consisted of gorgeous pencil drawings of people sleeping. Two strange and beautiful little books, that one would have a hard time finding in the spinner racks at a regular comic store.
Sharing the table with Aneurin was veteran comic journalist and editor Paul Gravett. Magnus bought the anthology The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics, which Paul edited back in 2008. This was also probably the convention’s best deal when it came to getting your money’s worth, as the price for this 480-page monster of a book was only five pounds. For an anthology featuring stories by Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Alex Toth and Johnny Craig, that’s quite a bargain.
Glenn and Magnus also walked home with a copy of The Evil Tree each. Written by Eric Hendrix and drawn by Daniel Thollin, the graphic novel received rave reviews from horror fans last year; all of them unanimously saying that they had experienced one genuinely scary comic. As soon as any of the Outré editors dare to open the book, we’ll let you know if we agree.
So overall we’re more than happy with this con. Apart from the cool comics we brought home to Norway, we also made some contacts that may benefit Outré in the future. We’re going to round off this week’s post with a couple of pictures from the convention floor: The first one shows Magnus standing in one of the original art booths, looking up at one very iconic David Lloyd page from V for Vendetta. The price: 6000 pounds – or 9100 US dollars.
Magnus & Glenn