|Garen Ewing, Patrice Aggs and her husband Chris|
Still, the audience got free wine and beer and I got to catch-up with Brighton's comics-erati such as Warren Pleece (who has forthcoming exhibitions in Brighton and London he's busy working on), Corinne Pearlman, Fraser Geesin, Gavin Burrows, Rory Walker, Hannah Berry, and Stella Starr. And people came from far and wide to be there including Garen Ewing (Rainbow Orchid) from East Grinstead, Karen Rubins from London, and—most impressively of all—North Wales School of Art & Design graphic novel lecturer Dan Berry who'd come all the way from Shrewsbury for two hours, before heading back!
|Left to right: Paul Gravett, Dan Clowes and Chris Ware|
Afterwards, there was a massive queue to sign books (no time for sketches) and the Cartoon County crowd—along with Karen Rubins, Peter Stanbury, and Garen Ewing—decamped to Carluccio's for sandwiches, very generously laid on by Corinne, and hopefully for Clowes and Ware to join us. Alas, time was against them, and they had to catch the last train back to London.
|Dan Clowes and Chris Ware|
Despite not meeting the stars of the show it was a pleasant night in the company of comics chums.