I've no photos but they'll likely show up. It was a busy great night and we managed to work in an interview with Peter McCaughan of Culture NI.
In the weeks that followed, Joe McStravick decided to make a film about my work on Absence, and Gran. When it sees the light of day, you'll be able to see Stephen's smart art studio and meet my parents, who brought a handful of photos of me as a babby.
I've also been in discussion about translating the book to Italian and Irish. Oxicomics are hoping to release versions for Android and something called iOs in June. I have 180 packs of 10-11 comics each for the Post Office when it re-opens. There's also the 100 packs for Libraries NI and this is were my week gets a little unusual.
Northern Ireland has 6 library headquarters, each HQ will taking a box for their region. This is a great help and as it turns out, vital, as the project is looking over-budget due to various hiccups in the costing. Now, on my unemployment benefits, I get 1/2 price travel on buses anywhere in the province. So I figured I'd spend the week travelling between these libraries; it works out marginally cheaper than sending the boxes by post. I get to see a bit of the province too, and maybe talk to some folk.
My improv at this stage is:
Wednesday: Ballymena and one of the following:
Thursday: Armagh, Belfast, Lisburn, (and Belfast Late Night Art & Comics Pub Meet)
Friday: Omagh and Derry (and the 2D Festival)
I think I'll be tweeting.
UPDATE: Stephen Downey will be signing copies of Slaughterman's Creed and Absence at Forbidden Planet Belfast on Saturday 11th June, between 1-3pm. And I'll be joining him.