Next weekend (23rd / 24th September) I will be exhibiting at Thought Bubble in Leeds for the first time ever. Probably. To be honest, it's touch and go at the moment and there is about a 25% chance that I will pull out at the last minute and lose the money I spent on the table (which is probably less than I'll lose by actually doing the event, what with my travel and room expenses, but I'd still like to do it if I can).
The reason for my ambiguity about whether or not I will be there is fairly simple: AGORAPHOBIA!!! While I am nowhere near as bad as I was 10 years ago (see my book for further details), I still suffer from it, still find it very difficult to travel alone (particularly by public transport but I also hate driving on motorways), and also still have a bit of a bad back, etc., which makes me quite unreliable, I'm afraid. Am I embarrassed about all this? Yep. I'm very embarrassed about it and I get very annoyed with myself for spending so much time worrying about things that most people take for granted (like getting on a train) but at a certain point outing myself as an ill person became preferable to being known as that bloke who never turns up to things because he isn't really interested in / committed to comics (and I certainly am interested in / committed to comics - I just like the writing and drawing them part a lot more than the events part).
Anyway, now that I've got my terms and conditions out of the way, I would like to say that I will probably be at Thought Bubble next weekend. I will probably be at table 184 in the Comixology / Millennium Square Marquee, I will probably have copies of my book with me and will also probably have copies of most of my old comics with me, as well as some greetings cards with drawings of dogs on them that I will probably get printed next week (these will probably be my best seller).
If you are there and you see me sitting on my own looking grumpy, please come and say hello. I am friendly really, I just have an unfortunate face that makes me look grumpy all the time, when I am actually only grumpy 60-70% of the time. I will be happy to sign and / or sketch in anything you buy and am willing to moan about my ailments for free.
See you there. Probably.
P.S. You may have noticed that I have not scrapped this blog and started a new one, as I said I would in my last post. This is mainly because I now have a Goodreads author page, this blog has been linked to it, and I have no idea how to unlink it, so I may as well keep posting here for now.