For the past few years, we’ve been a high visibility presence at the marvellous Thought Bubble Festival (www.thoughtbubblefestival.com) in Leeds, and a fine time has been had as the event goes autism friendly, with the breakout relaxing art space, Bub’s Lounge. So, when we were offered to travel across the Pennines to Todmorden’s only Comic Con, we jumped at the chance.
Scribblecon 2017 is the event and this is organised by Chris Browning, the driving force behind the Calder Valley Scribblers (www.caldervalleyscribblers.wordpress.com) an easy going collective of artists, writers, creatives and comic lovers who get together at The Golden Lion, in Todmorden central, to run stalls, swap stories, welcome guests and enjoy the top quality Thai street food.
This year, as well as running our stall to promote our Manga comic book, The Unlikely Heroes, we were also able to trial one of our new ventures, Autism Bricks, which promotes the benefits of therapy through Lego and creates some cracking gifts and presents (the horse skeleton keyrings proved especially popular). There was certainly a lot of buzz generated and with a friendly, enthusiastic crowd, it certainly got busy.
Unexpected guests along the way, some Buddhist monks from the Wat Sriratanaram, musician and Undateables star, Daniel Wakeford, plus some of our members to aid with the stall, thanks.
We speak a lot of equality and diversity, but to see it really in action and how inclusiveness should work, we hastily recommend attending a Comic Con. Everyone is there for the same reason, no competitiveness and the enthusiasm shown is incredibly infectious.
Roll on Thought Bubble.