Well, that was a whooping good way to open a new year. After having done my last convention at Stratford in December, I was hard pressed trying to decide what would be my first con of the year, preparing for a few other events that unfortunately were cancelled.
However, I did get the chance to attend as a trader at Science of the Time Lords at Leicester's awesome National Space Centre.
I mean, quite possibly the coolest place to hold a convention for a start! The fans and costumes and Doctor Who royalty that attended the event looked awesome against the space landscape. I was also incredibly lucky to be able to get a hug from Katy Manning and Lou Jameson when I gave them art prints. This particular convention meant the world to me because of that.
But it wasn't just the guests that were amazing, my fellow artists were awesome too! Chris Achilléos, book cover illustrator for the beautiful Target Novels that have inspired fans since the 1970s was one of many of the artists I had the honour to share a stage with at my first ever Q&A. I also was joined by Stuart Manning, Carolyn Edwards, Grant Perkins and Chris Thompson.
I am very lucky to announce I've already been invited back for next year, so if you're looking for a great family filled day out that you can take a Who fan for a late Christmas present, don't look any further than Science of the Time Lords next event! I might even see you there!
As it's only fair when Doctor Who On Twitch has returned to our screens. I spent the first three days really plowing and trying to get a lot of drawing done and in the process burnt my gears a little but you can find the drawing below.
I'm also going to be away and have another job that means I'm away from my desk which makes it harder to be as focused as last time, but it's always worth a shot!
I loved my doodles and might find a way to tighten some of these and make them full illustrations.
It's been a very busy drawing year, and it only gets busier as time goes on, but thank you so much for being here at all reading these posts.
In honour of Jacqueline Hill's 89th Birthday, I can now announce that #MildCuriosites is now available to pre order. Please keep in mind digital orders need to be sent manually, so there might be a little delay. Get your Ian and Barbara goodness here!
This is where you can purchase your copy of Mild Curiosities, A Doctor Who fanzine inspired by the first two companions Ian and Barbara. All of the proceeds will be going to Breast Cancer Now the biggest breast cancer charity in the UK.
Here is our list of contributors:
Katie and Claire Lambeth
William J Martin
Introduction by John Dorney,
Poetry from Beth Axford
Sneak Peak of stories here: http://timetravelnexus.com/mild-curiosities-a-doctor-who-charity-anthology-sneak-peak/
Goodreads link here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43312620-mild-curiosities
Where do I even begin with talking about my most recent event?
If anyone has ever considered going to this event I highly recommend it. I knew very little about it, apart from the fact for the first time there was a Doctor Who specific convention on my door step in Bristol, and it was an intimate gathering of 100 or so guests. I thought it was worth the risk, after all, it's not every day I get to travel a mile down the road to meet like minded geeks like myself.
The experience was delightful, seeing some of my favourite guests old and new again in such a calm setting. There are always queues at conventions, but this was a walk in the park compared to most. The attendees were as wonderful as the guests and I feel like in the course of the weekend it was easy to make proper friendships (I'm mushy leave me be.) Not to mention the guests! I was finally able to meet John Levene and Richard Franklin who were both wonderful and charming and worth meeting alone, without the likes of Jane Sherwin, Geoffrey Beavers, Keith Barnfather of Reeltime Pictures and Sophie Aldred, and that wasn't even the whole list.
After some great Saturday night entertainment put on from Fantom films, both on and off the screen, we watched the new Series 11 episode Kerblam! as our convention finale.
Whilst you may consider the price seems questionable, the autographs are included in the booking, and it even kicks off with a pub quiz on the Friday. Honestly, even if I wasn't trading, I'd be going back.
So question is, will I be back to trade next year. Well, hopefully, if Paul and Dex will have me!
You can find Paul Phipps-Williams's photography work here on his facebook page here
So today's news! I will be trading this year at LFCC London in the Spring in their Artists Alley! Super excited. I hope to see you all there!
I will be updating this website to add more new information in regards to events, so you can always find out where I'll be trading next.
Big Finish Day (or weekend) was one of this years wonders and it wasn't even an event I was trading at!
The social on Friday was great, sending time with the Whoovers and the We Sound Famillar group were amazing.
When the official day began I got to meet one of my fav authors John Dorney who is constantly breaking my heart over his Ian and Barbara stories and went to the panel about writing and producing. I gave John artwork and we got the best photo! I also spoke to Matt Fitton and Alfie Shaw and they were really inspiring. I’m so glad I have been writing this year and need to keep pushing forward with that too!
I also got to give art prints to Nicholas Briggs, Joe Lidster, Paddy Freeland, Sylvester McCoy and of course the wonderful Lisa Bowerman who was very happy with Karra!!! It earned me a massive hug too!
I’m just genuinely being involved in the event & seeing everybody was amazing so many others it was a blast. Thanks to the Whoovers team and the Quad for organising it!
I think the biggest thing really was how people reacted to seeing little me. Some of the guests knew me by name before I could introduce myself and some of the attendees said hello and just wanted to say they loved my work. I can’t get over that still.
Thanks for an amazing trip. Whooverville next year here we come!
I loved attending Bristol's Optimus Con. It was nice to do a convention in my own home town! Very fun and nice to drive home within like just a few minutes of the end of the day.
Seriously though, it was lovely to meet some local fans who were enjoying the new Doctor Who series. One of them even lent me his coat. I also got to meet the wonderful Lisa Bowerman and I promised her a picture the first time we meet.
I recommend it as a fun family day out and hope to go again next year.
I had so much fun at Gloucester Comic Con this year! It was a small but joyful event, with lots of people and in particular lots of Doctor Who fans. If you're local to the area you should really attend. The guests were awesome too. I even spoke to the magnificent Brian Cox about his role as Sydney Newman.
I had a few new pieces as well which I was really excited to share from the new series which people enjoyed also so it made it a truly fun and inspiring event. I'm sure I'll be back next year!