Stewart R’s transatlantic journey begins…
Stewart R: Always a relief to arrive at your foreign destination without the need for a superhero to take the place of an engine or catch the wingless fuselage of your stricken transport... Oh comic fiction, what have you done to me?
20 minutes later I'm sat at the back of a Virgin marked giant tube of aluminium, in a middle block of Economy seating I can only describe optimistically as 'cosy', chatting away to David Hine about our respective weekends with Mr Gillen just a couple of rows behind us! I speak briefly to Mr Hine about the convention experience, the differences between New York and San Diego in terms of size - he seemed surprised to hear that 105,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s NYCC stating that it's obviously growing much like SDCC but is still a different monster to that hallowed West Coast behemoth - and we also briefly talked about his current works (Crossed Badlands and the upcoming Stormdogs - while looking at his current feelings towards the big two publishers.
I didn't like to pester the man over the entirety of the journey so left him to his work - they say a writer writes and he certainly got to it at 35000ft above the ground - but it was an interesting insight into the comic book industry and how some of the writers that we all hold in high esteem see and deal with the convention experience from their side.
With the doors of the Javits Centre due to open in a few hours time and a trip across Brooklyn and Manhattan ahead of me, I'd best get ready to learn a bit more about it all!