As my more astute readers have already e-mailed in to point out, yes, I will be one of the guests at the SFX Weekender next weekend (2nd-5th Feb) – the UK’s answer to ComicCon, except that instead of Sunny California, you get to party residential-stylee in a holiday camp in North Wales. Probably with lots less sun, but this compensated by even more fun in the way of lots of famous genre authors – Alastair Reynolds, Peter F Hamilton, China Mieville, Stephen Baxter, Robert Rankin, Joe Abercrombie – as well as TV and film stars from Dr Who, Being Human, Torchwood, Merlin etc etc. For comic-book fans like myself, there’s also the co-creators of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.
Making trips to cons and personal appearances is something I’ve been doing a lot less of these days, but if you’re going to make an exception to your Hobbity nature and increasingly creaky body, then this event is certainly the one to leave the Shire for.
There’s a programme for the Friday/Saturday up over here now. I’m currently on a steampunk panel next Friday, with a book signing in the evening. Saturday sees me doing the Sci-Fi Legends panel far too early, but at least Brian Blessed is being dragged out at more or less the same time. GORDON’S ALIVE? I wonder how much I’ll have to bribe him in beer (or the folding green stuff) to get him to say that for me without getting smacked about?
If anyone has got any books they want signed, just nab me during the course of events.
This is what I look like, by the way. Very similar indeed to Anthony Head (Merlin/Buffy etc), who will also be there. Do try not to get us confused.