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Friday, 12 February 2016

Welcome Japan -UK Comic Events -Go Away!


Above: Globe Fantasy Bookshop c 1979, Ipswich.   Dave and Steve (in hat) were the owners.Photo from Sepp and Rob -thanks!
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Very interesting to see that a whole bunch of countries new to CBO have been checking us out! It was very interesting to find that CBO is getting a couple hundred views per day from Japan!

WELCOME JAPAN!

Sad that our two regulars from Antarctica no longer turn upon stats! I do so worry about them...I wonder whether they found a flying saucer buried in the- no. Let's not go there. Where's Kenneth Tobey when you need him?

And it has taken about 11 months but I have restarted work on The Green Skies. A bit of a struggle but I am determined to finish the book before Summer.  Three pages yesterday so I'm getting there.

Despite the fact that certain events rejected my request for a table to sell books from 2011 to last year (and 2016 I got immediate "nos") they -the organisers- the moronic asses "in charge" have started asking me to publicise their events for this year. I started out firmly but politely explaining why I was not promoting UK events and even included the link to CBOs longer post on this matter.

Then one responds that if I was "really into comics" I "should" publicise because people might miss attending the event and that was money they needed.  Yeah, you want to make money "playing" at comics as a hobby (after all they are not making tax declarations -you can find out a lot online these days) but the persons who need to make a real living from comics -myself as a publisher and the back issue dealers who kept these events alive for decades- really do no matter? I told them to "feck off" -but I used the REALLY bad "F" word not "feck".

Do not pester me with your UK events.  Do NOT care one jot -same amount as you care for people who try to make a living from comics.   Take your hobby away -sooner we have an implosion and all these "conventions" are cut back to a bare minimum the better -just like comic shops.

Don't like that? Fuck off.

4 comments:

  1. Oddly...I would have to agree, many things about cons and events bother me. As for comic shops? Aren't they supposed to sell comics?

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  2. Sadly, I think you saw what happens when "hobbyists" with no idea take over events -that last Bristol Comic Expo. THE event in the UK but in just one year the new people killed it. Farce. Comic shops -yeah they should just sell comics because I've talked to owners who told me "You MUST have action figures -people come in for those!" but when you ask you find out that comic sales far outweigh any sales of figures. I have no objection to a few figures -in a darkened shop they brighten things up! But comic shops are now calling themselves "Pop media" or "Cultural Entertainment Centres"....WHY do they struggle? Because they told anyone who is a long term comic collector/fan to "f*ck off -We don't do back issues!" Sooner these shops start failing and a lot of the events the better. Maybe then they'll realise WHO keeps them in long term business.

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  3. The one in the masks was the only photo that showed the whole of the shop front and didn't have camera shake !

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  4. Rob has a memory of it being a bookshop since 1971, the name remaining constant through change of use and ownership. Central City Comics is a 'division' of Globe Fantasy Limited, so technically Globe Fantasy still exists.

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