Photos from Afar (England, that is)!

I returned from Europe earlier this week and have been busy catching up so haven’t had a chance to get around to posting these photos until this afternoon.

My trip to London, England late last month was incredible.  First off, I’m a BIG fan of the country (despite the horrible weather I always seem to encounter) – there’s so much happening and everyone we meet in the comics, theatre and film worlds there are so nice and have been great to us.

Mainly, though, this trip was great because the MCM London Comic-Con (May 24-26th) was an amazing con for me.  We sold out of books and made a great deal of new fans, readers and friends!  I was very fortunate to be placed in a row with amazing talent like Richard Starkings, Boo Cook, Yishan Li, Lee Townsend and Emma Vieceli, all of whom made it a fun trip.

I owe a HUGE thanks to the team at Diamond Comics UK for helping to put my visit together, mainly Mike Holman, who is one of the best ambassadors for comics in the entire world.  He assisted Conor and I on our visit to England last year and made this year’s trek so much better.  He also allowed me to take part in the Diamond Retailer Summit on the Sunday, which allowed me to forge new friendships with a number of retailers across the UK.

Another big thanks to the talented and fun Serena Obhrai, who provided accomodation for me – and also hosted a really fun Arrested Development party (complete with cornballs and frozen bananas) on my last day in London.

And after the convention I headed over to Oxford to spend a couple days there, visit the great professor Amy Scott-Douglass, and lecture at her class at Oxford.  It was a really fun session where we talked about not only KS but also Hamlet (as a man of action/in-action), Juliet as a strong female lead, and other things Shakespearean.

Here is a selection of photos of my visit – additional photos can be seen on our Facebook page.

Yes, Kick Ass was originally a British film (but filmed in Toronto)...

Anthony sings the praises of Kill Shakespeare

This is what happens when Boo Cook is asked a philosophical question right before a photo is taken...

She bought every single book and issue

Anthony with Mike Holman from Diamond Comics, who made this all possible.

Richard Starkings explains the process of acting

A sketch of Anthony by Richard Starkings (outlining the KS pitch he heard all weekend...)

Not only do we get people to buy physical copies at conventions - we get them to buy digital ones too!

The family that buys Kill Shakespeare together, stays together...

This world traveller met Conor at TCAF earlier this year but didn't buy a copy then. He did so in London. Anthony 1, Conor 0. But Anthony wanted to verify his back-story so checked his papers.

Sometimes we like to avoid selling copies...

Anthony lecturing at Oxford

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