As I write this I’m essentially stranded in Leeds airport with the promise that I might get to Southampton via the obvious detour of Exeter… At best bet I could get home at around 3 if one of my family picks me up… and nothing else goes wrong.
Day two of Thought Bubble has been interesting to say the least, I was first in queue outside from about 6.15, it was another hour before anyone joined me. I was determined to get in front of David Aja after Saturdays clusterfuck in organisation. Bolted it down new hall at opening only to be told in no uncertain terms that David had over a dozen individuals waiting from yesterday, from a list and would not be sketching at all today, despair!
Decided to move over too Fiona Staples only to find about thirty people in line already, I did get a chance to chat to the awesome Saga cosplay couple from the day before whilst in their civvies and Fiona was sketching like a machine! 90 minutes later I had my promised sketch in my had and I was feeling pretty pleased with myself.
I went straight back to David’s queue and started to chat with the sketch-waiters and the red-shirt running the show, things seemed much more under control than yesterday and I explained I was going to stand at the back of the sketch queue and hope for the best, most looked at me like I was mad (and at that point I may well have been) however I was soon initiated into ‘the list’ as it became clear just how much I was happy to suffer for the slightest chance of making the cut, I turned down countless chances to get my books signed and once I made the list i turned down the offer to come back later (I knew at this point I needed to suffer for my art, literally). I met some amazing people in that line-out today and was happy for every single one who got the work they wanted, and then with 20 minutes left to go I got my turn and I got my sketch, signed by David and Matt Fraction. 5 hours in line and another 4 outside in the morning. I really doubt I would be coping with this ridiculous flybe bullshit right now if my mission had failed, somehow it paid off and now all I need to do is face an unexpected few hours non a coach plus disturbing the hell out of some loved ones for an middle of the night collection.
I’m pretty sure on reflection this will be my only trip to Thought Bubble. In my head only three names will get me here again, no questions asked…
Given the nature of the show, these are all possibilities though.
(huge shout out to Sanjay for running the Aja queue on Sunday, never got my hopes up but gave me every chance to succeed)