Last night I was at a launch for new book, A thousand coloured castles. Gareth is genuine talent, who is very open to how he approaches his comic making. (Something I want to write a separate blog about, as Karrie Fransman has a similar attitude to making.)
After the launch we all pitched up at the post Gosh drinking hole. I was chatting away to a woman ( Insert my name forgetting apology ) who casually asked if I was a cartoonist ? I said no, i’m just a fan and hanging out. I then turned the question round to her, and she told me abut her own creative stuff, which was interesting.
But why did I do this ?
It’s not the first time, I actually use this tactic quite a lot. But I’ve never really thought about why.
So o the walk home I gave it some brain time. It seems as though I didn’t want to be that person. I didn’t want to be Sean, the cartoonist, this is what I make, this why I make them, I’ve done this for a long time, etc. When you are in a room full of friends and peers, who know what you do, it’s great. You don’t have to prove your worth. You just are.
So it was nice to listen to someone else talk about their work, and not be in competition for me space. Just a person hanging out.
It was a lovely evening and it was great to see so many people at Gosh to see Gareth. The previous week I witnessed similar scenes for Joe Decie launching his book Collecting Sticks.
Friends doing well, its a great thing see.
Question – Do you do this ? Do you hide when you are in a crowd, Do you take on another persona ?