What a fabulous time Colin and I had in Copenhagen and Malmo.
We have been regulars at the Copenhagen Con (which used to be called Komiks.DK) for a number of years now (nearly 10) but this was our first AccentUK trip across the water to Sweden's comic centre, Malmo.
Another quick check-in, this time at the hotel, and a trundle to the venue with suitcases full of comics, we were greeted by Mads Bluhm (Chairman of Copenhagen International Comics Festival) on his way to a TV interview. The Danes certainly know how to promote a show.
Once inside the now familiar venue we were greated by old friends Michael, Paul, Carsten and Kim, amongst others and spent a while catching up before dumping our books under our table and setting off to get ready for the only organised event that we'd registered for, which was a buffet where guests mingled with stall holders and organisers.
The food was great, the venue spot on and the company even better. We spent a pleasant evening chatting away with creators, and spotted Fraser Irving and Charlie Adlard entertaining people with stories of their experiences. We kept a respectful distance until Fraser spotted us and gave us the usual look of surprise we get from other British creators when spotted abroad at a Con.
It was great to see Arni Beck Gunnarsson again and to meet his wife and two daughters, two more comic fans in the making, and to catch up with one of our first friends in Copenhagen Soren Pederson and then The Man Of Glass creator Martin Flink.
|Soren, Colin and Martin.|
|An embarrasing moment when two guys realise they were wearing |
the same Zombies T-shirts they'd bought at the last Con.
We ended up at an 'All You Can Eat' Indian restaurant.
|Dave And Colin chill after Day 1. Photo taken by Arni.|
Sunday saw a surprising lack of hangover, which was nice, and an early walk to the Con. We re-arranged the table slightly, as we'd sold out of 2OMBIES and ROBOTS, and then waited for the doors to open.
Interestingly the weather seemed to have an impact on the number of punters on the Sunday. Saturday being such a sunny day seem to have resulted in a lot of people coming to the Con on the more overcast Sunday, including one customer who was a little miffed that we'd sold out of some titles, and then proceded to buy one of each of the other new titles. That saw the last copy of Thaddeus Mist go from the table.
|Martin Flink and Fraser Irving take issue with something Dave said...|
Martin Flink sat at our table for a while and sketched in the remaining copies of The Man of Glass and these also quickly sold out.
John Kenn Mortensen, Post-It Monsters and More Post-It Monsters, and was surprised to find him sat at a table diagonally opposite ours. I bought a poster, another copy of Post-It Monsters (which I got signed) and had him do a little Robot sketch for my RobotsAssemble blog. A very nice, unassuming guy who draws very very small quirkly pictures of strange creatures.
|John Kenn Superman sketch from the Superman mural.|
All good things must come to an end, and the Copenhagen Comic Convention was no exception. Looking down at our depleted stock we realised that once again we'd done pretty well. We still had some copies of certain comics left but not many. I certainly wasn't going to have to worry about weight allowance for my suitcase on the return flight.
It didn't take long to pack up. It took a lot longer to say farewell to our Danish friends. It's a shame that the event happens only every other year but that's the way it goes, you can't have everything.
True to his word, Soren was waiting for us at the hotel, and so half an hour later we found ourselves looking at some of his son, Lar's, grafitti artwork. More mural artwork than what most people think of when they hear the word 'grafitti' that's for sure. Amazing stuff on such a huge scale.
|Colin and Soren with one of Soren's son's Project managed murals at a local park.|
Monday saw us up bright and breezy. We were to meet Martin Flink and Greg Bennett (of Big Planet Comics) at the train station. We were all off to Malmo. We were all going to the Serieskolan. Martin had studied there for a year, and acted as a guest teacher every now and then so we didn't worry about getting lost. Well, not too much anyway. Another scorching day saw us walk from the station to the school, it was a nice change as we'd spent the last two days in a hall. What a great school, well it was much more than a school. It was the centre of the Swedish Comics world. Fredrik took us on a tour which ended with Colin and I talking to the students about publishing in the UK. We answered a lot of questions as well as we could and saw a lot of their wonderful work.
And then we were invited back to Fredrik's for lunch.
|Fredrik Somberg - in normal sized hat.|
|Martin Flink, Dave, Hanna Stromberg, Fredrik Stromberg and Greg Bennet... chilling.|
Back at the Copenhagen Train Station we did a little Accent UK business and talked to Martin about one of his projects that we are looking to publish in the not too distant future. It all went pretty well and I'll announce more soon (of course if you pop over to Martin's blog you can work it out for yourselves).
We then spent the evening with Greg, chatting comics, Americana, drinking and eating Vietnamese food. Another great evening.
Tuesday sadly we had to leave.
We both agreed that every Copenhagen Con had been completely different to the one before. What they had in common though was that each one had been great fun, and this one was no exception.
Can't wait to return in 2015.