We put five questions to Geekzania's Stuart Runham...
Who are you and what do you do?
I am a full time freelance photographer, though in a previous career I spent 20 years designing Aircraft and working in flight test research for the Ministry of Defence, with a love of Sci-fi, fantasy, video gaming, comics and pin up. A number of years ago I started Pinupzania, a company specialising in vintage/retro inspired pin up photography, I started producing a range of pin up products and started attending various events selling my stuff. One year we tried a stall at the London Film & Comic con bringing a number of pin up girls with us, we caused quite a stir and proved very popular so have been trading at a number of cons ever since, our pin up models are just as geeky/nerdy as me, and many cosplay. Lately I have been concentrating on cosplay and fantasy photography rather than just pin up and now also design and produce my own range of t-shirts so formed Geekzania as we no longer just concentrate on pin up, but on all things pop culture. If I’m not at a con trading, I’m likely to be there with my camera shooting with all the wonderful cosplayers.
What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?
An exclusive and unique range of t-shirts inspired by all things pop culture, movies, tv shows, gaming, comics etc. plus cosplay and pin up photo prints, comic/pop culture inspired jewellery and accessories from our friends at the House of Wonderland and whatever else we happen to have created/discovered from pin up playing cards to movie posters
What’s your favourite thing about what you do?
Without a doubt, meeting all the amazing and friendly people who go to cons, it really is a ‘family’ and we have made some amazing friends, amongst other traders but also amongst those who just go to cons. And of course, the cosplayers, it’s amazing to see so many people having so much fun and we love being a part of it. We love people coming to our stall and chatting, whether or not they end up buying anything (though of course we hope they’ll see something they like).
What was the first comic you collected?
I started at a very early age, the first comic I probably started buying regularly with my own money would have been ‘The Dandy’ probably aged 6 or 7, but also loved the ‘Famous Fantastic Mysteries’ and ‘Strange Tales’ series which introduced me to American comics and characters at an early age. The worlds that these comics created were just mind blowing to me at the time and certainly started my love of sci-fi and fantasy.
If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?
Having effectively grown up with it, I’d have to say 2000 AD, there was nothing really like it in British comics when it launched in 1977 and I bought it from the start, I only wish I had kept my collection. It introduced some, now iconic, characters and the story telling and art work is (mostly) amazing. If you can find/get hold of those early issues to see how it all started, do so, you won’t be disappointed.
Be sure to check out Geekzania's Facbook page and stop by the table at True Believers 2016 and say hello.