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I used to be interested in comics! Or at least I thought I was. I think I'm actually more interested in some comics, which means that these things aren't really for me. Although they're good for learning about comics I wouldn't ordinarily come across.

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I'd be in that camp myself, too, give me an hour around the floor and maybe a handful of panels and that's the end of my interest.

 

There's a certain amount of fun to playing 'spot-the-pro' in the bar - that was a definite highlight of the first London con for me ("You just missed Sean Phillips walking past the window").

 

Watching Ade network is also a thing of beauty, there's no-one in comics this man does not know.

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("You just missed Sean Phillips walking past the window").

 

Ah, the golden age. All two-and-a-bit days of it. Who was there that time? John, me, Ade, Tom, Mark and... someone else?

 

Hm, anyone fancy going to the New York con one of these years? San Diego's well out of my price range, but New York is a bit more reasonable. And, you know, I've always wanted to go to New York. There should be plenty to do when the con gets boring as well, because IT'S NEW YORK! In fact, a proper week's holiday would be favourite.

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Ah, the golden age. All two-and-a-bit days of it. Who was there that time? John, me, Ade, Tom, Mark and... someone else?

 

No, I didn't turn up until the second London one, remember? Lord Chit's Amazing(ly offensive) African Adventure, The Grant Morrison/Jonathan Ross spectacular which wasn't, sandals in the rain, "show me your dead baby"...

 

I'd love to do a trip to a US con (or generally just a States-side holiday would be nice, for which purposes I'd much prefer the New York idea), but realistically-speaking, I'm not going to have the funds next year. It'd be a definite possibility for 2008, though.

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My memory for chronology (or anything dealing with abstract numbers) is appalling, so I base everything on visual memory. I remembered you talking about a softcore porn spin-off of Love and Rockets in the hotel bar while we were waiting for the food to turn up*, so I made a guess that it was from the first meet-up. It wasn't.

 

Now that I think about it, the first one was just me, John and Ade. And Mike Carey, briefly, who gave me a massive pile of Lucifers because he knew he could turn me into a monthly junkie. Oh, he looks like a nice guy...

 

As for New York, 2008 would be the earliest I can do it too. And it'll probably the last time for a good while that I'll have the funds available to go for it. I quite fancy going for a proper holiday so if anyone else wants to hang around the Big Apple for a week or more, let me know.

 

Yes, I should think so.

 

Would that be as a transcript or a YouTube video? The latter would be favourite of course.

 

 

*round table over by the wall, I had to nick part of some stranger's table to stop the androgyne - the one who later turned up at the pitching session with an Invisibles knock-off and kept saying the word 'prick' like we were supposed to be shocked - grabbing it. I think the stranger might have been Chris Weston. Eat your heart out Dustin Hoffman.

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How quickly we all forget the sharpest dressed Scot in London - Hugh was at the inaugeral STH meeting in London. I remember this because he gave me a near complete run of Deadline, which in turn nearly ripped my arm off as I lugged it around the city.

 

Great reads though, so really shouldn't grumble.

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Putting "Kryptonite Factor" into the flickr.com tags search should get you more photos of said comedy quiz - more as I find them

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How quickly we all forget the sharpest dressed Scot in London - Hugh was at the inaugeral STH meeting in London. I remember this because he gave me a near complete run of Deadline, which in turn nearly ripped my arm off as I lugged it around the city.

 

Great reads though, so really shouldn't grumble.

 

D'oh! Mind you, I think he mostly only made it out to the pubs and restaurants, didn't he? I only seem to remember him being at an actual comic convention once. Which is a pretty good idea, really.

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