Turn Left was a multi-media garden party held at the Fleece station studios in New Cross. New Cross itself is home to a large tranche of cartoonist currently occupying the self publishing boon in London. Here is a quick list (please excuse any omissions): deep breath – Ellen Lindner, Sarah McIntyre, Gary Northfield, Howard Hardiman, David O’Connell, Tom Humberstone, Julia Scheele and Sarah Gordon.
During the day there was a communal table area, a cafe service, cakes and booze, cells with installations, and an outdoor stage for song, poetry and theatre. I had a really good time working my way through a plate of brownies and being interviewed in the cells by Mike Leader. Sadly I missed the Derek the Sheep play, but I’m told it was well received. For me this event was a chance to be a punter and hang out with people – it was refreshing to chat to people whom normally I would spend about 30 seconds shouting at over a con table. Along with the Comica monthly meet-ups the social aspect is a great chance for a closer discussion of each other’s work and interests, away from the black hole of the internet.
(all pics by and (c) Sean, taken from his Flickr)
Finally I dug deep and brought two comics from the communal table: The Accidental Salad by Joe Decie and Diary Comic by Sally Anne Hickman. So a lovely day and a welcome new addition to the comics event calendar.