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London Small Press Expo is the the new UK Thing and.... I'm not sure I'm going...

As much as I want to support it, apart from the people I've met every year I don't really care for any of the other attendees... Also, I was struggling last year to find touristy places in London... I have no idea of what to visit this year... I can't really "afford" a trip to the UK if I'm just going for a one day con, I need something touristy to make it worth while...

So... maybe I'll just to another UK con, that isn't in London? Any suggestions?


Another decision I need to make is... about Photoshop? It seems some companies require that pixel artists use Photoshop... Which seems ridiculous... Why use such an over-powered program for simple pixel art? 

My first question is... should I get it? I know it will improve my art once I get used to it... but it's ridiculously expensive...

It seems there is a Student Edition, which is actually affordable, but can I just buy this from someone on eBay? No strings attached? No trouble? 

The program I use has gotten a new version which lots of neat features... It finally has layers?
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 5th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
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There isn't really much in the way of options for non london based cons. Thought Bubble in Leeds would be the most popular but again its one day, it's most of the same people who'd be at the new thing and well it's Leeds, not much going on tourist wise esp if you don't drive Bristol and Birmingham are both two days but both were very slow last year, esp Brimingham which I won't be doing again, far less small press at both compared to the thing and again alot of the same people. Hi-Ex isn't happening so that really only leaves the other big London cons of MCM or the new European Alternative Press Fair.
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From:ztoical
Date:January 5th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
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That was me by the way
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From:tanukitsune
Date:January 5th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Is there nothing to do in Leeds at all? Worst case scenario, I'd settle for a mall... find a comic store and watch a movie?

I've looked it up and it does seem to have quite a few museums?
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From:ztoical
Date:January 5th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Depends on the person...I thought Leeds was alright, nothing really amazing about it but then I grew up in an area alot like Leeds so maybe it would be interesting to others. Thought Bubble is part of the Leeds Film festival so there will be film events and the like on.
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From:tanukitsune
Date:January 5th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
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The only downside I see to Leeds is that the con in November, a bit cold for a Spaniard like me, but I'll survive....

Which are the Birmingham and Bristol ones? BICS?
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From:tozocomic
Date:January 5th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
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For info, Leeds is going to be two days this year.
If you're into games as well as comics, MCM Expo might be worth a look - it's on for 3 days at the end of May when the weather should be reasonable.
MCM Expo: http://www.londonexpo.com/
Birmingham: http://www.thecomicsshow.co.uk/
Bristol: http://www.spexpo.co.uk/
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