Thank you so much to everyone who came to Cardiff this weekend, and MCM London earlier in the month! It was, as always, great to see you all :) I’m incredibly excited that HoT’s audience appears to be growing, and that people make the effort to come back for more. Also, top moment of the season so far: Mikela’s awesome Amelia cosplay, and her tweets throughout Cardiff Con!
So epic :D
Unfortunately, however, there is some bad news -
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, HoT has been extremely quiet in terms of page updates lately. I severely underestimated how tiring three conventions in a row would be – and to make matters worse, I caught con flu at MCM that has refused to go away and was exacerbated by Cardiff. Basically, my output in between cons has gone down to zero.
So, HoT is on hiatus until Thoughtbubble is over and I’m fully recovered – I estimate the first update to be 24th November. Sorry about this, but this year has been an incredible learning experience for me and I now know how much time to dedicate to con preparations and what events to avoid.
On that same note, while Cardiff was great in terms of the people attending and the other exhibitors there (friendly, welcoming and all-round awesome folks in the most part), the organizers have made it clear that indie comic artists are no longer a priority nor particularly welcome at their events. Cardiff is such a friendly city, and it’s my hometown – I really didn’t want it to come to this but I’ve reached the point that I can’t endorse this event in good conscience, and so I will not be attending any Showmasters events until this situation improves.
Sorry to be taking this out on you Cardiff-based readers, but I just can’t support a company that treats it’s exhibitors and attendees so poorly. If you would like me to provide more details about this, feel free to email me.
HOWEVER, there are plenty of events I will be attending, including other events in Cardiff (including the mini-con in NosDa on Dec 13th!) and I intend to branch out into more MCM cons nearby. This hopefully isn’t forever either – if Showmasters do improve, then I’ll happily book with them again.
Now, on to more positive news: Thoughtbubble is this weekend, are y’all pumped? I’ve never been before so I must confess, I am a little nervous… I’ll be in the Royal Armouries (map here, table 89, by the fluffy one eyed dude in the hat), hope to see you there! Also, as I mentioned previously, there’s a new Mini-Con taking place in Nosda in Cardiff on the 13th December, which should be fab – we need more comics events in this beautiful city!
Stay awesome, HoTties :)