Firstly, I’ll have four books with me that haven’t been to Thought Bubble before;
The Suitcase from Blank Slate Books. £9. It’s a lovely big funny hardback book about dead animals and suburban life. This was Page 45’s Book of the month in May 2013. Stephen Holland said it was;
A prime suburban comedy in three acts, THE SUITCASE is exquisitely structured for maximum satisfaction and laugh-out-loud comedy.
Richard Bruton from Forbidden Planet said;
Dan Berry’s The Suitcase is a beautifully constructed comedy, a perfect farce. So simple to read, yet so hard to get right. And Berry’s done it. Perfect.
Next I’ll have the first collection of some of my smaller strips, Hey You! £6.
This was also the wonderful Page 45’s Book Of The Month for March 2013 and Stephen Holland said it was;
My favourite book yet from the creator of AFTER WE SHOT THE GRIZZLY and CAT ISLAND – and that’s no easy feat.
Bound as ever in a quality card-stock cover here in white and lime greens, this beautiful short-story collection is a observational gem full of delicate pen-and-ink drawings, some with soft washes, others warm and bold, one midnight cold.
The next two are brand spankin’ new. First, Throw Your Keys Away. Cut from similar cloth to Hey You!, Throw Your Keys Away is a collection of some of the strips I drew in 2013 including the titular Throw Your Keys Away and the spooky halloween tale The Devil’s Steps. £6.
The fourth and final new book I’ll have at Thought Bubble will be Carry Me. £6.
This book is out from Great Beast;
A beautiful, wordless, and incredibly affecting visual metaphor for love, fear, life and death. A man carries his infant daughter through an overgrown field where they are pursued relentlessly by a growling dog. Illustrated by Berry’s loose pen and lush colour washes, Carry Me is a sublime example of pure visual storytelling.
I’ve also got a very limited supply of my 2012 24 hour comic Cat Island available. £6. This may be the very last time that this book is available in print!
I’m incredibly proud of all these books. I’ll have them all with me on table 142 in the New Dock Hall at Thought Bubble and I’d be delighted if you were to come along and buy one (or all of them)
I’ll also be doing ‘fancy drawings’; ink and watercolour drawings of things that I find funny. Previous ‘fancy drawings’ have included Robocop in brogues, spiderman playing the double bass, batman crying over spilled milk, superman with a shotgun etc. Daft stuff that makes me laugh on fancy paper in colour. £10.
On the Saturday Afternoon, I’ll be putting on my Make It Then Tell Everybody uniform and interviewing the amazing Jeffrey Brown;
Speech Bubble Panel Area, Armouries Square, 1340-1430, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages, but please note: Thought Bubble does not control panel content
Jeffrey Brown, award winning author of A Matter Of Life, Incredible Change-Bots, and Vader and Son talks to Dan Berry for Make It Then Tell Everybody, a weekly interview podcast that explores the ins and outs of creating comics and the challenges of developing an audience.
It’s going to be a fun chat, why not join us?