NDC does Nottingham Comicon

Will from Magoria Studios and Becky from INK staffing the NDC table.
Will from Magoria Studios and Becky from INK staffing the NDC table.
NDC member D'Israeli offers up pearls to a Ghostbuster (I'm guessing), with Will, Andy, Becky and (is that?) David Tennant in the background.
NDC stalwart D’Israeli offers up pearls to a Ghostbuster (I’m guessing), with Will, Adam, Becky and (is that?) David Tennant in the background.

Complements of organisers with a smile, Kev and Kel Brett, NDC were given a complementary table at this year’s con, which we shared with new local indie comics hub, Magoria Studios, and the more established comics web magazine, INK. Both INK and ourselves were essentially collecting email addresses to expand our mailing lists and spread the good news, but I made a point of trolling round the tables before the floodgates opened to the public to see if there were any local comics creatives present we weren’t aware of. Remarkably, I returned to assume the position with cards from no less that 11 (note 11!!) creators working within striking distance of Nottingham, if not in the city itself. Hopefully we’ll be seeing and even hearing from them at future meetings, but we were also snared by those canny podcasters, Awesome Comics. With a brief firmly locked into the orbit of the small press and indie publishing world, they are a service that is rapidly gaining a reputation for airing fantastic interviews with movers and shakers who aren’t reluctant to offer up advice and warnings about getting into DIY comics. You’ll find our snippet in Podcast 120 (which tells you how long they’ve been going), somewhere around 44:50 in. (Note to self: must do something about my droning voice!!)

Talking to people and from what I overheard, this year’s con was another great success, largely because Kev and Kel put such an emphasis on making it a family event, rather than a hard-nosed selling gig like so many of the other cons in this country that increasingly aspire to San Diego’s commercial standards. As a token of our appreciation, NDC donated £20 to the Poppy Appeal, one of the charities Nottingham Comicon sponsors from its profits.  – JSC