Publishing is hard to get into, especially for brand new artists who are looking to have their first proper shot at getting seen. But could there be a new way for artists to be seen, for comics to be read, for writers to be exposed to the world and media to be consumed.
Bristol and Cardiff Anime and Gaming Conventions are now both over and there was a lot of cross-over between the two. One of the crossovers was within the guests, where some of the guests from Cardiff were also a guest at Bristols event. They are Crownroot Publishing, a small group who are bringing small artists, comic artists, writers and more together to bring about magazines to those who want to get their voice out there.
It’s a great premise too. They will publish peoples works for free. In return, these aspiring comic artists and writers get their pieces seen by many. It’s a great cause and I’m glad to know that a publication such as these guys exist. They wandered around the convention and for just £5, I was able to get a hold of a brilliant array of artists and writers stuff. It was a great read and there are some truly talented artists and writers with Crownroot!
This piece was simply just to highlight the work they do – I’ve yet to find them on Twitter and Facebook, but once I know more information, I’m sure we’ll be able to share more information about their services.
For those of you who keep up with us on social media (or more to the point, Facebook), you’ll have seen me posting quite a few pictures from my phone on the event I’ve been at for the past two days. Whilst everything was still all go here on the GeekOut website, I have been at a convention, working as staff once more and also attending. How did my last main convention for this year go for me?
On Saturday 3rd, I had to be at the Future Inn Hotel at Cabot Circus nice and early. Arriving at 8:30am, I managed to get there easily enough and was set to work the moment I entered. We were set to open the doors at 10:30am, but we managed to pull through some tough opening moments and get the ball rolling at 10am. It was an impressive team effort by everyone involved, so that was well received.
I was put on the stall for press, along with two of the cosplay guests. I spent most of my Saturday at my stall, answering questions anyone had about the event and so on. It was a busy day in all, but the whole event seemed to run really quite smoothly. There were the usual issues of a few panels being changed and a few being cancelled last minute, but this is typical of working at a convention. Now that I’ve worked at three fan-run events, I can tell you that this really is the norm.
Once my shift had finished, I went off to get dressed up like a wizard, had a great Japanese meal over in Obento then back to the convention. Bristol really is a great place to host an event like this, as it’s a large city that has plenty of shops, restaurants and bars nearby. Within 10 minutes of the venue, there’s access to so many different shops, restaurants and pubs, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Plus, the venue was spacious enough to fit what was to be 1,400 people over the space of the weekend!
Special shout out to Bostin Blam and to Bristol Gaymers who both made an appearance on the Saturday. It was lovely finally meeting the Bostin Blam crew and seeing one of their fantastic Ewok hoods and it’s always nice catching up with Luke from Bristol Gaymers.
On Sunday, the press team was merged with the registrations team. In the first hour, I was handling payments of people entering the event, as well as acting as a sign-post of sorts for people who wanted to come into the event. Couple this with my duties as press, I had a very busy Sunday – Often running about to get things sorted before events happened. I finished my shift at 6pm once more, when I decided: Now it’s time to sit down and play some games with people.
I met some great people, a lot of guys and girls who didn’t know of GeekOut… And many who did know of GeekOut! It’s great to meet so many people who are interested in what we do and why we do it. Many members of the Bristol Anime and Gaming Convention staff were also interested in what we do, so it’s great to have been able to hand out some more of our business cards. Amusingly, one guy who took our card shouted out “I’ve picked up many cards this weekend but this is one of the nicest cards I’ve ever received.” Thanks to you, dude!
We hit up the club night at the end for a brilliant party to end the convention. Thanks to the Future Inn hotel for being such a great venue for a new, smaller venue. We had a lot of fun there and it was well worth the work. Well, enough talking about how fun this was: Here’s our gallery!
In conclusion, this was a lot of fun. The entire event was fantastic and the party with DJ Morgnator and DJ Shenny on the Sunday night was simply superb! Thanks to both of these brilliant DJs for putting on a great last night. This was a brilliant addition to events in Bristol, which were quite sparse just last year. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of these events in the future and that it continues to have success. If you were there, let us know in the comments below. Even if you weren’t, leave us a comment below, or on Facebook and Twitter.