Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Batman big in Lille (France)

I know, I know. I don't look old enough to have a child of my own. Well folks, it's true, (as those of you familiar with this den of iniquity will well know) this is me and my daughter at the Lille comic festival in northern France. I'm not sure what was being said, but it sure made us both seem to question the very existence of the universe...or something. Actually, know I think about it, a gathering of stormtroopers may have been taking place as this was taken (by my fabulous assistant and mother of said adorable one). There was a little stage opposite my "signing point" where occasionally something happened...like stormtroopers gathering. (I should add here that both my daughter and I share a keen interest in stormtroopers, the Star Wars kind that is!).
Apart from the stormtroopers, the festival was a great pleasure to attend. The city itself was very intriguing, only having a few days there-I felt it would have been nice to have had an extra day or two to explore.

It's a unique treat for me to be invited as a guest to a French comic con, having been kick-started into wanting to produce comics as a living by a visit to Paris at the age of 18, where I discovered, to my delight, that there was a whole new world of comic books out there, bound in time resistant hard covers, with incredible and mind boggling art within...and so cheap!!

Finding myself sitting at a table with French folk (and many other nationalities) asking ME for a sketch (mostly of Batman!) and excitedly handing me my own comics to sign was a cosmically deep experience. Forgive me for seeming falsely modest, but things like this make me remember just how bloody lucky I am, doing what I enjoy and trying to turn that into a way of caring for my little family. Comics are ace!

Many thanks to Julien for inviting me, and to Jean-Lois for helping me recover my lost bag, and to all the staff, who were a pleasure to meet. The weekend was enhanced by some highly respected artists and all round jolly good people, namely Gary Erskine, Mark Texeira, Phil Winslade and the legend that is Michael Golden.

(those are prints and not original art I'm leaning on!)


Jean Louis said...

You're welcolme Dave, it was a pleasure meeting you and you're family!

Tim Perkins said...

Hi Dave,

It sounds like you had as much fun as we did at the first ever Maltacon over the same weekend.

Glad you enjoyed yourself and the family did too.

Like you, I think the European conventions are excellent!!!

My, how quickly time goes by, I cannot believe how much your little daughter has grown.

Great picture, mate...thanks for sharing it with us.

Randall Ensley said...

I like your new Batman header for the blog.

jon haward said...

second what tim said bud, glad you had a good time.

having fun drawing a dredd commission can't wait to show you in a few days
best to pauline and hannah