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Hamlet embarks to the Emerald City!

I returned from attending the Emerald City Comic-Con Monday night but have been swamped with work and a major IT issue the last two days. So I’m only now posting these pics and update.

Emerald City this year was one of my favourite shows to attend from two years ago and returning (Conor attended last year) made it even better. It was great to meet up with fans who saw our stage show at the con last year, as well as people that I met two years. Thanks to everyone who came by the table to pick up a book, get a book signed, say hello, tell me how much they love the series, or anything else.

Thanks also go out to those that attended by How to Market Your Indie Comic to the Masses on Sunday. And a big thanks to Stephanie Cooke, Bryan JL Glass David Petersen and Sean E. Williams for conducting a panel on Are Literary Comics the New Superhero on the Saturday.

I should also thank Ben Hsu and Elaine Tipping (ET!) of Tiny Blue Dragon Studio (based in Portland) who helped out over the course of the weekend with our sales. Check out their really cool Licensed Heroes series.

Here are a collection of pics from this weekend!

The logo! The banner! The excitement!

The logo! The banner! The excitement!

Anthony with Kuo-Yu Liang, one of the coolest guys in comics!

Anthony with Kuo-Yu Liang, one of the coolest guys in comics!

Anthony with Helene, who helped out during the weekend.

Anthony with Helene, who helped out during the weekend.

With panellists Stephanie Cooke (moderator), Anthony, David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar) and Sean E. Williams (Artful Daggers)

With panellists Stephanie Cooke (moderator), Anthony, David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar) and Sean E. Williams (Artful Daggers)

Nick and Molly from Dynamite Comics!

Nick and Molly from Dynamite Comics!

Aye, there's the rub...

Aye, there’s the rub…

Anthony and Scott from Atomic Robo. Where's Brian? Oh, that's right, he had the wrong flight time and missed the last day...

Anthony and Scott from Atomic Robo. Where’s Brian? Oh, that’s right, he had the wrong flight time and missed the last day…

Singing for her books!

Singing for her books!

Take my money!

Take my money!

Not sure what to buy... Not sure what to buy... (Spoiler alert: she bought the first two!)

Not sure what to buy… Not sure what to buy… (Spoiler alert: she bought the first two!)

Anthony with Cecil (the voice of top-ranked podcast Welcome to Nightvale) and uber-impressive tour manager Lauren.

Anthony with Cecil (the voice of top-ranked podcast Welcome to Nightvale) and uber-impressive tour manager Lauren.

What did you say?

What did you say?

What would Wil Wheaton do?

What would Wil Wheaton do?

Devin and Anthony do a t-shirt dance, it looks like...

Devin and Anthony do a t-shirt dance, it looks like…

Anthony and reviewer Brittany, one of our favourites!

Anthony and reviewer Brittany, one of our favourites!

Anthony with Sarah Gaydos and Kahlil Sweitzer of IDW Publishing.

Anthony with Sarah Gaydos and Kahlil Sweitzer of IDW Publishing.

 

 

Sneak peak at gameplay!

I hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday season and a great New Year’s celebration!  Here’s to an amazing 2014!

We will have a few interesting new items in the first half of this year but perhaps the most exciting one will be the Kill Shakespeare board game in May/June of this year.  We will be putting together an pre-purchase awareness campaign next month but before that we’re deeply immersed in the nuts and bolts of game creation.  The early art by JK Woodward has been amazing and Conor and I are currently scripting some of the cards and missions for the game.

However, the folks at IDW have been even luckier as two weeks ago they were able to do a very, very early play-test of the game.  It’s still quite rough with no art, set missions or some details missing but Jerry, Nate and Ted were able to get a feel for the game mechanics involved.

Here are a couple photos from the very early play test.  As mentioned, I’m so jealous!

(Thanks to Nate Murray from IDW for sending the photos!)

Putting it all out on the table...

Putting it all out on the table…

The play's the thing!

The play’s the thing!

The map is still to be discovered, obviously...

The map is still to be discovered, obviously…

It's all in the cards...

It’s all in the cards…

 

We took our talents to South Beach! Errrr, Miami-Dade College Campus

As we move into the chill of December here in Toronto I thought I’d share some photos from our time in the sun this past month when I was able to represent Kill Shakespeare at the Miami Bookfair.

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Welcome to Miami!

Miami is a special place for K.S. as, as a Bookfair, it represents a very different audience for us. When we first went down to the show four years ago we had one book and no sense of how “real” readers would respond. In addition we were sharing a booth with another comic creator and there were only four of us with tables at the show.

Would anyone notice us? (Yes) Would people be offended by our title? (Yes!) Would Conor get a crazy sunburn (Yes!!)

Now, four years later, we’ve seen our sales climb at each show and we’ve been invited to be part of an outreach program that sees the K.S. team go into schools across Miami-Dade and talk about art, writing and creative entrepreneurship.

Those school visits are always a highlight and this year Miami upped the ante by having me deliver one of the Fair’s “school keynotes” which saw me talk to 500 kids AT ONE TIME!

Conor poses with one of the students he met during school visits and her Dad (also an author!)

Conor poses with one of the students he met during school visits and her Dad (also an author!)

I was a little nervous to be facing that many students, but after getting them to chant “thank you Toronto” (for Chris Bosh, natch), and then sing the Canadian National Anthem (refreshingly they knew the tune and did not sing it to “O, Tannenbaum” as so many of my other American friends do), we got along fine.

Aside from all that this year was extra special for two reasons:

1) As many of you know we’re passionate about expanding the reach of comics to those who, right now, ignore the medium. We’ve been working with Miami to expand the comic footprint at the show. Lissette Mendez, who runs the author track at Miami, is a MASSIVE comic fan and has long wanted to create a “mini con” in Miami. Lissette and the incomparable Eric Hitchcock at Diamond helped to spearhead a program that would bring comic publishers into the show.

And lo’. Destination: Comics was born!

Oni, Dark Horse, Zenescope and NBM/Papercuts were some of the flagship publishers who supported this pilot program – we also saw tons of big name comic creators including Gene Yang, Nate Powell and Paul Pope come out and sign in the Comics Courtyard — which drew TONS of attention.

 

Destination: Comics has lift off!

Destination: Comics has lift off!

A huge thanks to them and also to the amazing Joan Hilty – comic editor, creator and consultant extraordinaire who helped organize the entire event.

And if that wasn’t enough…

2) We got to talk to an ENTIRE CLASS that was STUDYING Kill Shakespeare.

Words cannot express how amazing it was to face 40 students who has all READ THE BOOK! The kids were super-engaged and asked some incredibly perceptive questions (we got hammered again on the good girl/bad girl dynamic of Juliet and Lady M., but they all seemed super intrigued to see what we do with Lady M. in Tide of Blood), and generally had an amazing time. I spent about 20 minutes after the class just hanging out and posing for photos.

Below are a few more snaps from the trip —  you can see the rest here.

-Conor

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Poor guy, he has no idea that Conor is a TERRIBLE artist (yes, he does).

 

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This was our Miami super-fan, he ended up with six books and three shirts!

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K.S. goes punk-rock after a book-signing at the fair.

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Well… we gotta get Anthony in here SOMEHOW, right? (Here’s “Uncle Anthony” with little Peregrine).

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Speaking of babies… Conor has trouble dealing with selling the last K.S. onesie…

 

Pictures from that most latin of North American cities. The one that never sleeps – the one that starts with an “M”

… Montreal.

 

I know, I know that I just got back from Miami and you want photos of Manatees and Martinis, but some of you have been bugging me for awhile about La Belle Province.

“Conor,” you say, “Where are all those photos you promised from Montreal? You took like a dozen of you and the belly dancer alone!”

And I had to confess that because I am technologically dumb I had somehow managed to save my Montreal photos in a strange directory that I could not find to upload them.

But lo and behold! While taking photos for my time at the Miami Book Fair, I managed to save THOSE photos in the same place and this time, sitting along in my hotel room with nothing but tap water and angst, I managed to CRACK THE CODE.

So here we go — a small sample of the VERY delayed Montreal photos are here, as well as a video from the show of a hoarse-voiced me trying to pitch a girl on the merits of Kill Shakespeare, but all she’s REALLY interested in is my celebrity look-alike…

For all the photos cruise over to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152150232089131.1073741855.132288909130&type=3

The Miami photos and stories will be along in a day or so.

Hugs,

Conor

The very talented Steve Paugh has a "Trouble with Tribbles" moment.

The very talented Steve Paugh has a “Trouble with Tribbles” moment.

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I agreed to help at the booth, McCreery. Hugs cost extra.

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Vulcans say not buying Kill Shakespeare is HIGHLY “illogical.”

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When Jessica Rabbit and a Belly Dancer come by to buy your comic — well you know your marketing teams are REALLY doing their jobs.

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Cutest. Costume. Ever.

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Two siblings, each alike in lit’racy, in fair Montreal where we lay our scene…

And now the video!

The Kill Shakespeare boys want to help you get cheap Geek gifts, Toronto!

Next Wednesaday, November 27th, Anthony and Conor are going to be part of a great even at the Silver Snail in Toronto that could get you 25% off on almost ANYTHING in the store.

Don't miss a chance to rub elbows with the K.S. boys -- and get a great discount!

Don’t miss a chance to rub elbows with the K.S. boys — and get a great discount!

It’s all part of a special Kill Shakespeare Black Friday sale starting on Wednesday the 27th!

I know, I know, it’s crazy, but it’s true. George, Nicole., Kody and the rest of the Snail team have invented a special Shakespearean time machine that will let you get an extra special discount on Wednesday TWO DAYS BEFORE Friday.

I’m frightened too.

But if we all band together at the Snail ( 329 Yonge Street, just North of Dundas Square) from 5-9pm on Wednesday then I think we can overcome this blatant disregard for the rules of time and space.

So WHAT HAPPENS ON WEDNESDAY?  I’m glad you asked – even in that loud voice.

From 5pm to 9pm Conor and Anthony will be signing copies of the NEWEST Kill Shakespeare book – The Tide of Blood! We’ll also have copies of Volumes 1 and 2 for sale as well as all our ShakesGeare. AND, as a SPECIAL BONUS, you can help playtest a prototype of our mobile game ADD INSULT TO INJURY!

That’s right, get down with your bad Shakespearean self and face Othello, Hamlet, Falstaff and Richard 3 in a battle of wits that is sure to end with blood on the floor.

AND if you buy ANY Kill Shakespeare merch the Snail will give you a 25% discount on pretty much ANYTHING in the store!

How can you lose? Plus with the Black Canary cafe on site you can sip some coffee, or hot chocolate and grab a tasty treat as well.

Or just come and say hello, we love that too!

Hugs,

The guys.

Comikaze 2013!

logoA ComicCon in L.A. is an interesting thing. You’d THINK there would be more celebrity culture at a show here in the heart of the entertainment world, but actually its just the opposite.

Or, as one of the great organizers of the show told me “Chances are I can see these people on my way to lunch.”

Because of that Comikaze is jammed full with the weird and the wonderful; this was a much more horror, steam-punk, and gothic show then I am used to seeing. While at the same time the panels are packed with attendees looking to go “mainstream” as they learn the ins and outs of writing and creating from Hollywood vets who generously give their time to help the next generation make magic with their minds and fingers.

And of course there were tasty food trucks. L.A. is the MECCA of food trucks, I wish I had been thinking properly – I could have given you all in-depth views of all the tasty street food I’ve been partaking in. Maybe in my next update – as I’m here for three more days before I wing my way back to Toronto.

All in all Comikaze is on the cusp of some pretty intriguing things. The show was well-organized, with a central stage that really tied the floor together. In previous years fans had apparently had some complaints about knowing what was happening when and being able to get into the show easily, but this year all the kinks had been ironed out. Impressive in that Comikaze started THIS decade (I know, no comic show in L.A.? Weird….)

As mentioned the panel hosts were impressive, including development execs from some of the top production companies in the city, the art was top notch and I even got to mingle with my good friends from IDW — Kahlil, Mike, Rosalind and Chris — listening to them banter about sneaking up on Kill Shakespeare editor Tom Waltz to scare him as a Hollywood prank had me pining for the camaraderie of a great office.

We couldn't ask for a better team of publishers than IDW.

We couldn’t ask for a better team of publishers than IDW.

So a huge thank you to IDW for helping support us logistically at the show and also Keith, Teddy, Regina and Sadie at the show who all worked tirelessly to make our experience and so many others — special.

Also a big thank you to Robert Elrod, the super amazing horror illustrator who served as my Square mule for the show, and Ambrose & Ambrose – the father-son art team that kept me stocked with lollipops, lemonade and also learned my sales pitch well enough to cover for me during panel and bathroom breaks (my bladder REALLY thanks you, guys)

Thanks to this man I was able to take plastic!

Thanks to this man I was able to take plastic!

Is this the face of a man tired of being bothered to register sales for a total stranger?

Is this the face of a man tired of being bothered to register sales for a total stranger?

 

Ambrose V and Ambrose IV - together

Ambrose V and Ambrose IV – together

Ambrose V rocking his Bear t-shirt!

Ambrose V rocking his Bear t-shirt!

And of course I also had the chance to meet some great creators like Kit Kendall….

"Kit Kendall and the Staff" - Southern Utah University's foremost comic rock band... or something...

“Kit Kendall and the Staff” – Southern Utah University’s foremost comic rock band… or something…

and DJ Kirkbride the co-creator of the fabulous Amelia Cole series (published by IDW and Monkeybrain), as well as Eisner winner for his work on the Popgun anthology.

Reviewing another creators work is always a delicate dance involving sensitivity and kindness...

Reviewing another creators work is always a delicate dance involving sensitivity and kindness…

And because all those photos weren’t enough — MORE PHOTOS (head to our FB page to see the whole set).

Our first sale of the show was magic!

Our first sale of the show was magic!

Shakespeare, actually being killed by a bear.

Shakespeare, actually being killed by a bear.

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Conor's long lost left-coast children? You decide

Conor’s long lost left-coast children? You decide

 

Los Angeles, Stan Lee and “The Logo”

logoWith Anthony still recovering from his whirlwind two week trip through Ol’ Blighty, Conor has stepped into the breach (once more) to take Kill Shakespeare West — to Stan Lee’s Comikaze show.

The red-headed member of the team will try to keep California’s punishing rays from burning him to a Crips crisp during the show which kicks off at 1:00 PM on Friday and then starts at 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.

The convention centre in downtown L.A. where the third annual Comikaze is happening

The convention centre in downtown L.A. where all the magic is happening.

For our West Coast fans this is your chance top get a copy of the NEWLY RELEASED Volume 3: The Tide of Blood as well as get your hands on our hot new “Shakespeare Fighter t-shirt” a shirt that is selling so well Conor had to steal our on-line inventory just to make sure he’d have some to sell in L.A.

Angelenos are VERY fashion conscious, so hurry up and grab a shirt before they snap them all up.

Angelenos are VERY fashion conscious, so hurry up and grab a shirt before they snap them all up.

The Kill Shakespeare Booth is in Artist Alley booth 935 – AA935 in the program.

Come out and see Conor, have a chat, grab a book. or shirt, and come revel in a geeky great time this weekend!

Hmmmm, maybe Conor got here a WEE bit early...

Hmmmm, maybe Conor got here a WEE bit early…

 

Oh, and because Anthony and Conor are HUGE basketball nerds — how could either take a trip to L.A. and not come away with a photo outside the Staples Centre, especially one of Lakers star Jerry “The Logo” West?

The Logo, Jerry West.

The man who the NBA based their logo after, Jerry West.

 

England loves Kill Shakespeare!

I just returned to Toronto last night after an amazing 10 days in England and I’m still on a bit of a high.  Those that know me know that I love the city of London. And after three trips there in the last 18 months I love it even more – and have been discovering that the country is starting to love Kill Shakespeare as well!

I’ve already posted photos from my appearance at the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival and then my talk/stage walk at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Concluding my trip, I attended the MCM London Comic-Con at the ExCel Centre on London’s southeast.  I had attended the May version and, having enjoyed it, returned for some more.  It was a great weekend – we sold completely out of books, sold most of our tshirts (again, apologies for those that really wanted our Shakespeare Fighter shirt, which sold out immediately), I hung out with some amazing people, did a great talk (and very well-attended) on How to Pitch and Market Your Indie Comic Book, and had a lot of fun.

I have so many people to thank for this past weekend. First off, the organizers of the London Comic-Con, especially Gary Howe, for making my stay possible. Thanks to Emma Vieceli (and Andrew Ruddick) for also helping to coordinate my appearance and the talk.  Thanks to the witty and fun Serena Obhrai for serving as hostess through the week (and make sure to check out her new comic series Elysia, available early next year!).  Thanks to the boys at Traveling Man for helping to get my books to me.  Thanks to Mike Holman, Scott Hatfill, Ben Cornish and everyone at Diamond for coordinating everything on the distribution side. And thanks to everyone who swung by the table (and my talk) to say hello, learn about KS, and chat!  I love London!

Here are a selection of photos from the weekend:

Approximately 100,000 people attended this year's show, making it one of the largest in the world!

Approximately 100,000 people attended this year’s show, making it one of the largest in the world!

Anthony was drawn as a comic book character in the new comic ELYSIA! Does it look like him?

Anthony was drawn as a comic book character in the new comic ELYSIA! Does it look like him?

Anthony with Brooke Thomas, doing a dissertation on comics and Shakespeare!

Anthony with Brooke Thomas, doing a dissertation on comics and Shakespeare!

Anthony discussed the how-to's of pitching and marketing your comic.

Anthony discussed the how-to’s of pitching and marketing your comic.

Artist Sonia Leong made a cameo on Sunday with her beautiful baby #princeleong

Artist Sonia Leong made a cameo on Sunday with her beautiful baby #princeleong

A day before the London Comic-Con I swung by Orbital Comics' art exhibition opening of the work of Fables artists Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha.

A day before the London Comic-Con I swung by Orbital Comics’ art exhibition opening of the work of Fables artists Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha.

Andrew Ruddick channels Britney Spears all weekend.

Andrew Ruddick channels Britney Spears all weekend.

Diamond Comics UK's Ben Cornish works the KS table

Diamond Comics UK’s Ben Cornish works the KS table

Ellie fills in for me and sells tshirts... and perfects her Southern US accent...

Ellie fills in for me and sells tshirts… and perfects her Southern US accent…

Jessica and Serena from ELYSIA make their first comic-con appearance!

Jessica and Serena from ELYSIA make their first comic-con appearance!

Dracula and Wolverine fight over the final Exit Pursued by a Bard tshirt.

Dracula and Wolverine fight over the final Exit Pursued by a Bard tshirt.

First comic book ever!

First comic book ever!

Iron Boy?

Iron Boy?

An amazing tattoo of Lady Macbeth!

An amazing tattoo of Lady Macbeth!

An amazing tattoo of Lord Macbeth!

An amazing tattoo of Lord Macbeth!

Rash purchased the last copy of Volume 1, thereby ruining the rest of the day for so many others...

Rash purchased the last copy of Volume 1, thereby ruining the rest of the day for so many others…

Two friends react to their friend's purchase of our series!

Two friends react to their friend’s purchase of our series!

Emma Vieceli (left) sells her final copy of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

Emma Vieceli (left) sells her final copy of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

After the comic-con I unwound by checking out a show featuring my friends Lesley Pike and James Bryan (both Canucks!).

After the comic-con I unwound by checking out a show featuring my friends Lesley Pike and James Bryan (both Canucks!).

Cosplay of THE LIZZIE BENNETT DIARIES. I love it!

Cosplay of THE LIZZIE BENNETT DIARIES. I love it!

TWISTED DARK's Neil Gibson hams it up.

TWISTED DARK’s Neil Gibson hams it up.

Anthony with Diamond Comics' head of international Scott Hatfill... Who may or may not have actually read our series...

Anthony with Diamond Comics’ head of international Scott Hatfill… Who may or may not have actually read our series…

Last book of the sale purchased!

Last book of the sale purchased!

Anthony with Travelling Man UK's Will and Haroon.

Anthony with Travelling Man UK’s Will and Haroon.

 

 

 

All the World’s the Globe Stage!

It has been an amazing time here in England and one of the highlights was my experience last night (Tue, Oct 22).

I was invited by Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper to speak to her Shakespeare adaptation class about Kill Shakespeare, our interpretation of the characters, our next steps, etc.  It was a great chat and we discussed everything from feminism to Game of Thrones.

Thanks to all the students who came out to the class.

And then afterwards Dr. Karim-Cooper offered me the opportunity to hop on stage.  The stage wasn’t in use that evening so they turned on the lights and let me walk the boards.  It was a simply amazing experience and one that I will never regret!  I couldn’t hide my glee and felt better when Dr. Karim-Cooper mentioned that Dr. Stephen Greenblatt, one of the world’s top Shakespeare academics, had a similar reaction.

I am still on a high from this, 24 hours after the fact.

Here are some photos from the day:

The sign!

The sign!

Trying to stay cool on the balcony...

Trying to stay cool on the balcony…

Recreating Romeo & Juliet with the Globe's Esther Mackay.

Recreating Romeo & Juliet with the Globe’s Esther Mackay.

Anthony marvels at the Globe

Anthony marvels at the Globe

For some reason they had a prop gun so I figured it would be appropriate to use it for a photo with The Globe's Sian Petty...

For some reason they had a prop gun so I figured it would be appropriate to use it for a photo with The Globe’s Sian Petty…

... And then use it again with Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper...

… And then use it again with Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper…

The class!

The class!

The winners of my class contest, winning copies of our books!

The winners of my class contest, winning copies of our books!

 

 

 

 

Swimming with fun at Lakes!

I’ve forgotten how much of British culture revolves around the pubs…  I’m currently sitting in the only place with WiFi in Kendal city centre, a pub where I’m picking up northern British slang indirectly…

I just finished the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival earlier today.  The first (hopefully annual), it was a fun event in the beautiful Lakes district that brought some of comics’ top talents (Ed Brubacher, Charlie Adlard, etc.).  I was fortunate to be a last-second addition to the Clock Tower stable of talent for the weekend.

Thanks to everyone that came out to the event – those from Kendal and those around the district.  Thanks to Julie and Jenny, the chief organizers, who added me to the roster.  Thanks to Owen and Emma for introducing me to the show.  And thanks to Mike Holman at Diamond Comics UK who helped arrange for books to come (and Jon Harrison from Forbidden Planet who brought them).

Here are a selection of photos from the weekend… Enjoy!

This young man was allowed to purchase one book on Saturday. One book only. After extensive looks it came down to Kill Shakesperare and a space science book. What did he choose? Take a wild guess...

Purchasing Christmas gifts for a friend... And trying his best to keep it a secret...

I met Tim and Roisin (sp?) on the train to Kendal on Friday... and turned them into comic readers! Here they are with Dips and Harps

Secretly showing off his new Shakespeare Fighter shirt

Matthew Crehan shows off art for his Kickstarter-backed The Art of Running: The Steve Prefontaine Story graphic novel

A hockey jersey in England?

For once I wasn't the only Canadian! Chris and Andrew Butcher of TCAF and Toronto's The Beguiling attended the show.

This woman was our first customer and bought a copy of KS for her son - who came on Sunday to thank me (and her)!

Anthony with the Manchester boys James, Andrew and Mark.

With Orbital Comics' Chris Thompson!