The Nuge from the excellent Geek Syndicate podcast was at the recent London Book Fair and took in their newly added comics section: “It was a pretty small set up, well smaller than I was expecting, although I did hear that some companies/individuals couldn’t attend due to the flight ban. The Pavilion, which was in one of the corners of the main hall and was made up of Diamond, Dark Horse (who weren’t there), Self Made Hero and Foyles . The space available was dominated by Diamond which I thought was a shame as I would have loved to have seen more indie companies there like Com.X, Markosia and Insomina Publications to name but a few. ”
(Emma Hayley, Ian Rankin, David Fickling and Paul Gravett on the graphic novel panel at the LBF, pic borrowed from the Geek Syndicate)
Nuge does go on to say that despite the massive travel problems caused by the volcanic eruption footfall did seem to pick up later on and that there was a bit of a buzz from some folks curious to know more about comics publishing, while Emma Vieceli and Nana Li did a sterling job drawing away and acting as ambassadors for the medium and that a panel discussion, New Opportunities: Graphic Novels and Digital, with Emma Hayley (from SelfMadeHero), Ian Rankin, David Fickling and Paul Gravett (Cory Doctorow couldn’t make it) was a standing room only affair, which surely bodes well for more publisher interest in the graphic medium.