That was a fun, but utterly exhausting weekend, and I'm sorry to say that I've still been too tired to upload photos, because that requires too much effort. Soon, though.
The Black Canary outfit was a success; I went with the classic line, because the modern one would actually involve sewing - maybe I can get that done by October if I find some actual stretchy vinyl. Anyway, considering it is a manga-oriented event, it was gratifying to have a few people recognise me, and one guy stop me to have a longer conversation about how awesome Gail Simone is and how everyone should be reading Secret Six (which of course, they should). There was a girl dressed as Green Arrow, as well, so of course I got a pic with her :D
The stall did well; not as good as at previous expos, but firstly we were right near the exit (so everyone's run out of money by the time they find us) and secondly they decided to leave us out of the exhibitors directory, so if anyone was looking for us, they wouldn't find us. That annoyed me more than it seemed to Izzy. She still made the table cost back easily, and anything we didn't see we have for future expos, so there's that.
Stash wise, I picked up the trade copy of Green Arrow: Year One, which just confirms to me that the only person who could really play Ollie in a motion adaptation would be Josh Holloway
(I'm sure there's more to that casting choice than 'cocky blond man looks good on an island' but I don't care). And also, the thing I was most looking forward to that weekend, picking up a collection of manga by Asia Alfasi
I first encountered Alfasi's art two years ago
when her piece The Non-Savvy Non-Commuter
was displayed proudly on the walls at Piccadilly Circue tube station as part of the Platform for Art
project. Her artwork is innocently beautiful and both that story, and the other two stories in the book I picked up, are touching and entertaining stories about diversity, cultural identity, and interhuman contact, and I'm as charmed by them as I was when I walked around the tube station in 2007.
She mentioned when I spoke to her that she didn't get much feedback from Platform for Art, which I think a great shame. If you haven't read her work before,keep an eye out as it's really worth reading.