Comic Expo 2009: Smaller is Beautiful


Following up on our publication of Kev Sutherland’s take on this year’s Bristol Comic Expo, which has generated plenty of comment here, on my Facebook page and in the original Quality Communications forum where the former convention organiser posted his views, we’ve now published David Baillie‘s report on the event on the main downthetubes site.

“Even if you weren’t there, you’ve probably heard by now that due to the knock on effects of the global credit crunchie this year’s Bristol Comics Expo was a slightly reduced affair, he notes. “This might seem a shame, especially given that this was the event’s tenth birthday, but I’m here to tell you that smaller is sometimes better.”

David opines that the success of any mainstream comics event can be judged by how well it performs in seven specific criteria including a good mix of events, social networking and, of course, comics!

Read David’s report here on downthetubes

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• The next Comic Expo will take place 22 – 23rd May 2010 at both the Ramada and Mecure hotels, Bristol
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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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