A comics website recently quoted the fact that I'll be charging 10.00 for sketches at Thought Bubble - this is not the case! I have never charged for sketches and I'll be only too happy to do one for you, especially if you have bought my book.
I'd like to address another thing that happens quite a bit at comic shows, which is people asking for free review copies. Please don't take offence when I say no to this request - I no longer give away review copies from my own stock. A large percentage of those that I have given to in the past did not, in fact, review the book. Also, I pay for my own stock, I don't get these books for free, so it can end up costing me quite a bit! If you would genuinely like a review copy, please get in touch with my publisher, Egmont (or get in touch and I'll be happy to do it for you).
Still on the subject of cost, I was asked about the price of the books I sell from my website - with the suggestion that I was charging over the odds. Well, let's see - The Complete Rainbow Orchid retails at 14.99; my packing materials - a sturdy book box and an adhesive address label - cost me 1.25; at 650g the book is quite heavy, and packed up it costs 3.50 in the UK, 6.62 within Europe, and 12.10 elsewhere in the world (eg. Australia or the US).
So for the UK you're looking at 19.74 (I charge £18.50); Europe 22.86 (I charge 22.00); and international 28.34 (I charge 28.00). And don't forget - you get a sketch as well, not to mention the time I spend parcelling-up and sorting out postage. Of course I don't pay 14.99 for the books myself, I get a slight discount, but the sketch time easily swallows that up. I hope that makes it more transparent and that you can see I'm offering the best deal I can without making a loss.
One last thing, my complimentary copies of La Orquidea Arcoiris, the Spanish edition of The Rainbow Orchid, arrived today and they look wonderful. Please visit NetCom2 Editorial to find out more.
Hope to see you at Thought Bubble - I'll be on table 176, on the end of the aisle just round the corner from artist Gary Erskine.