That, for your literary edification, was a little spot of Wordsworth. Prompted, of course, by our journey through the Lake District to the happy hub of humanity that is Carlisle.

We were in Carlisle for MegaCon, an extravaganza of comics, games, cosplayers and (after the show) a significant amount of Spanish beer and a surprising encounter with a drag queen. Of which, more later.

First, MegaCon. Organised by some of the nicest people ever to work in a Waterstones, the show featured some top pros (Sean Phillips, Andy Diggle), some old friends (Art Heroes, Accent UK) and some new ones.

The response to our books was really positive. We are now down to the last three – count ’em – three printed copies of Lost: Boys. We won’t be reprinting so if you want an original-first-edition-never-to-be-repeated copy, let us know now! (We are plotting a digital version but if you like the feel of sliced up tree in your hand, order now from our Shop!). Disconnected did its usual good trade with some great feedback for Tom Foster‘s work and for Kris Carter‘s colours in particular.

Artist and one half of Disconnected Conor Boyle did a roaring trade in sketches and original artwork, and featured on a panel with the writer and publisher of his next venture. Who On Earth Was Thaddeus Mist? is getting some great early publicity, with Owen Michael Johnson‘s script a bit of a peach and publisher Accent UK getting very smiley whenever they talk about it. Look out for it later this year.

In the meantime, here’s a picture of writer and artist having an editorial meeting (red eye is photographer’s fault….):

So, Spanish beer and drag queens. Yes, the evening took us to some of Carlisle’s most delightful nightspots, including Outrageous, which is. Outrageous, that is. If you’re ever in the northern reaches of England and at a loss late at night, go there. Just don’t hold me responsible for what you may find*.

Last but not least, it was great to meet some very exciting writers and artists in Carlisle. One of the reasons that I love comics is the sheer diversity of people who are creating them. With so many creators, it becomes impossible to predict what will happen next. And at a time when so much fiction, TV or film is produced by numbers, it’s awe-inspiring to be involved with a sector where there’s so much creativity, boundary-pushing and experimentation (or was that Outrageous?).

Thanks for having us, Carlisle, and we’ll see you again next year!

*Picture not what you might find at Outrageous, I just wanted to see who looked 😉