That's a good point about it being useful for people to keep in touch, Jenni. Back then of course there was only one convention a year (two if you were lucky) plus the Westminster Comic Marts for pros and fans to socialise at. (Sometimes we'd meet up socially outside of those events for a pint and a pizza but that was just mixing with friends, not bringing in new people.)comixminx wrote: I was involved in the SSI as an associate member (if I'm remembering the term correctly). I was never a professional artist or writer so could never join as a full member of course, but I was interested in creating better links between the SSI and the small press and indie / self-publishing scenes of the time which I was involved in. Also I had lots of friends who were in the SSI and later CCG, including my then partner Andy Roberts, who was doing comics professionally at the time.
In some ways the links with the small press / self-publishing scenes were a bit of a slippery slope because on the one hand it helped to open it up for a wider group of people and on the other hand it meant that professionals saw it as being less relevant to their interests. Having said that it was also a sign of the times in some ways perhaps, in that there started to be many more ways for professionals to keep in touch, see each other regularly, compare notes and so on - compared to the older days. But others may have a different take on it, I appreciate.
Yes, the venue was so beautiful! A fantastic location.
Times have changed considerably these days, with conventions practically every weekend and the development of social media. (On the downside, there are less opportunities for newcomers to break into mainstream comics in the UK and make a living.)
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