5 Questions About...

Welcome to the first in our series of interviews that focus on some of the comics, books and projects that have caught our eye!  First up Stuart tracked down Kev Brett and asked him 5 questions about his comic THE MAKING OF A COMIC CON (which you may have picked up at True Believers 2017, where it made it's convention debut)...

What inspired you to turn your experiences of putting on a Comic Con into a comic?

I was reading Rachael Smith’s Wired Up Wrong and absolutely loved it. I wanted to do something similar in terms of style and layout. I thought about what I do or have done that'd be worth putting down as a comic and what could be fun and comic con just fit.

As a fellow convention organiser, there was a lot in there that I could relate to, but how do you think it will play to those who haven't embarked on the insanity of putting on a con? Do you think it will inspire more people to have a go at putting an event on?

I'm hoping it'll help people to realise that there are people behind these events and to go a little easier on us. But seriously I just wanted to give people a bit of a laugh. Feedback I've had so far has been good, especially from those not involved in putting on events, although I have been told it has increased anxiety levels and has put people off running cons.

From inception to print, how long was the process of putting the comic together and what is your working process when putting a story together?  Do you dedicate all of your attention on one project or chip away at it whilst working on other things?

With this book it was a bit different to how I usually work. I'd just finished making Koala Konspiracy which had taken me a very long time to get finished, so I was hoping to turn this one around quite quickly. I'd come up with an idea for a scenario and then sketch it out. I came up with twenty plus ideas and chose the funniest that fit in with the overall feel of the book.

I usually try to work on one project at a time otherwise I'll lose focus and never finish anything. I may come up with new ideas but will scribble them down and put them to one side. I think this one took about a month to do from inception to print (working around the day job and juggling wife and kids).

The book has a wonderfully optimistic ending, but is there any temptation to follow it up with a Surviving the running of a Comic-Con?

Ha ha actually yes. I had more ideas than would fit in book one and with us now in year 5 of the con, there have certainly been plenty of things that have happened. I've a few other projects on the go at the minute that I want to get done first, but it's definitely on my radar.

And finally, the book is inspired by your experiences of putting together a comic con; what can you tell us about that comic con and what can we look forward to at the next one?

I run the Nottingham comic con. We're now in our fifth year and things are improving year on year. We're hoping to have a lot more this year. We're very family focused and put on lots to entertain kids including workshops and free games and comics. We also have seminars and talks for the adults as well as a short animated film program. There’s live music and lots to see and buy. 

We like to support a number of charities each year and so have a charity raffle with all proceeds going to charity as well as donating £1 from every standard ticket sold (12 years and under go free). NCC produces a charity anthology comic as well (which you can read our interview with Kev about here), from which all the proceeds to charity too. It is filled with some amazing comics and comic strips from both indie creators and industry professionals. Well worth a look...and for a good cause!

We have over 150 exhibitors and a large selection of guest artists and creators from the comic industry. It should be a great day out for all; full of fun, comics, comics, comics and comics!!

Thanks Kev.

If you didn't pick up a copy of The Making Of A Comic Con at True Believers, you can buy it (and Kev's other books) from his website.