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Forgot stuff, and more details on the DC thing. - Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit.
-Virgil, The Aeneid, book i., l. 203.
Forgot stuff, and more details on the DC thing.
Bits and pieces from yesterdays post. (I loathe back editing.)

In the story of the burning Christmas pudding:

As we used a tea-towel to smother the flames, I commented to mum that you're supposed to use brandy butter to set the pudding alight, not foil...

Going to the Birmingham show was beyond last minute. Found out about it mere days before, when Giulia rang about more comic flatting. I mentioned to her I was thinking of going up to London and we should finally meet. (I've done flatting for her for a year and a half, and never met her in RL. Ah, internet, you amaze me.) She told me that a creative editor for DC, Michael Wright, would be there, and she'd introduce me to him. Now, I had two choices. Choice A was get my portfolio ready with comic book oriented stuff, draw like a maniac to do so. Choice B was get all the flats done for Giulia and be honest, stalwart and true. Mmm. I went with B. Always better to be professional. 

So, whoosh, when Sat morning rolled around, off I went. All this blokes, showing their work to the DC guy. I handed over the disc of flats to Giulia who'd had massive computer troubles as she was in the midst of moving, and thus was introduced as her saviour to a slew of well known artists, inkers and the DC editor. Made the right choice! I chucked together a bunch of random stuff, none of it comic-bookish, in a portfolio, and kept it in my room on the Sat. Was invited to the hotel bar with the guests. Apparently the comics industry runs on booze. I was badgered by Giulia into the first alcoholic drink I'd had in at least six years. Stuff happened, don't want to be an industry snitch or the like, but bwahaha. 

Next day, scraped the courage together to bring the portfolio. The DC editor, two writers, and several other people were interested. (I've been chatting with Germany's sole comic writer since... he's asked to see what I send on to the DC chap. Eep.)   Please imagine me, half proud, half wanting to slide under the table at the bar, whilst a crowd went through my chaotic disaster of a 'folio. Still, despite breaking every rule set by my tutors, as well as the advice on the pro comic guidelines (show only one talent, if you do everything they don't care), they were very impressed. When the real portfolio review panel started ( I dodged that one, enough embarrassment, thank you), Michael commented on the first chaps stuff, slammed the lad on his need to know anatomy, and then much to my astonishment, mentioned that he'd just seen a portfolio that showed what excellent knowledge of anatomy was out there. I slunk down in my seat, and Esad Ribic laughed at me. 

I ended up staying a second night (ow, hotels are pricey) to do more networking. Had a hysterical time when dragged to the post-con guest dinner. We ended up at an Indian resteraunt and I had to explain the food/menu to the DC guy, his SO, the irish contingent (who was a complete gastronomic coward, and went with roast chicken and a plate of chips.) Went to the con hotel bar, had a rum and coke, and some of Esad's vodka. Refused to have more than one drink per night, told Giulia that I was starting slow. She tasked me to drink more daily so that next time, she can get me plastered. Riiiiiight.  Told her I was more than capable of making a right fool of myself without booze, and made Gary Leach laugh. Still, didn't have to pay for a drink the whole con. *

And that's pretty much it. Was invited to lunch the next day, but the train/bus connection to Devizes is so bad, I didn't risk it.

*-Edit: Just found out via MySpace that Giulia et al are affectionately known as The Wrecking Crew. No wonder they ribbed me so. Suspect I may have been the first to survive them without a hangover.

Current Mood: amused still amused...

14 charged into the fray or Tilt at the windmill?
pockyman From: pockyman Date: December 28th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
*crosses fingers* I hope something good come from this. ^_^ I would love to go to the shop and pick up a book with your name on it.

I agree with you on the drinking thing - I don't need alcohol to be a complete idiot. ^^; Still, I miss a good shot of vodka now and again.

Hmm. I need to figure out when I can make it out to the U.K., so I can see you... Hmm.
lekythen From: lekythen Date: December 28th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just watch out for the dollar/pound conversion. It's at $2 to £1 right now, and a major ouch. Several of the Brit comic people told me it's the worst time to look into the industry, and that back in the 80s, they made lots of dosh. (A number of them have moved to Croatia. *boggles*)

I like rum and coke. Vodka is pretty good as well.
pockyman From: pockyman Date: December 28th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
$2 to a pound? Oww. ;_;

Well, maybe I can get a good deal on a flight out there. The main question is time. @.@ I'd want at least 3-4 days, if not a week. It's been too long since I've seen you. :/

And rum and coke is also quite nice. Been too long since I've had either, though. @.@
lekythen From: lekythen Date: December 28th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
April/May is always a nice time of year here, and the tourists never really hit until June. There are some cheap flights over, you never know. And like Japan, visiting is much cheaper if you know locals and can crash on their couch. *grin*
pockyman From: pockyman Date: December 28th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
April/May. Hmm. I'll have to remember to bring a lot of Claratin. ^^;

And yes, being able to crash on a couch IS a good thing. ^^

lekythen From: lekythen Date: December 28th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not that bad that time of year. I tend to be miserable with allergies in June and July. :P
pockyman From: pockyman Date: December 28th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahh. Well, the problem is, I'm allergic to EVERYTHING. @.@ It'd be more of a precaution than anything, but still.

I'm surprised that living in Japan didn't cause me to combust. *poof!*
lekythen From: lekythen Date: December 28th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
If... *knocking on wood* If I do, I'll go under the name of J.J. McLellan. In a convoluted way, it's my real last name. It just sounds so hot. ^__^
pockyman From: pockyman Date: December 28th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll keep that in mind. And yeah, that IS an awesome sounding name. :D

Hot name for a hot woman. :3
nugatorytm From: nugatorytm Date: December 28th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you on this DC comics gig, I hope luck finds favor for you in that.

LOL at the pudding fire, heaven knows I've set tons of things alight over the years, so I know how that feels.
ali_sama From: ali_sama Date: December 29th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I stopped working for a year or so due to depression:(
I am back to flatting. stage 1 again. I don't know if I will have the courage to do any coloring. oh well.
epawtows From: epawtows Date: December 31st, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, good luck with it all. And good job not letting all of this drive you into becoming a raging drunk :-)

We tried to call the castle for our annual "Happy Holidays" call, but couldn't connect. May try again later.

lekythen From: lekythen Date: December 31st, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, actually, I made myself a rum and coke last night here at the Castle. I blame nostalgia.

Odd that you've not reached the Castle. Mind, my sister rings here a lot. Perhaps instead of crossing international wires, it just throws the call. Dunno.
epawtows From: epawtows Date: January 1st, 2007 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Tried again; still get errors. Am using a cell phone (Verizon). Do international calls work differently on cell phones?
14 charged into the fray or Tilt at the windmill?