Ahh! It’s that time again: a new batch of insightful and fascinating Meet the Seller blog posts allowing us a sneaky peak into the lives and creative processes of the creative individuals who will be selling at the forthcoming Spring Brighton Craftaganza market.
To kick things off we’ve got an exciting new-to-Craftaganza seller Paul from Bedsit Games, a comic and board game maker who will be selling on both Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd March at the Fabrica Gallery. Intrigued? Then read on…
Please introduce yourself….
I’m a Brighton based cartoonist who has been drawing and writing strips for about ten years. Recently I self-published a board game all about Brighton, called BN1.
Describe the products you currently make to sell
The board game is the current biggie (in fact I have 500 to assemble and box up today – great fun). I’m also putting together some framed original artwork from past and current comic books.
Where and when do you design and make your products?
The ideas for the comics can come at any time, especially when I’m wondering around eavesdropping. Everything is drawn at home, usually while listening to twee indie music and eating biscuits. Over the last few months BN1 has been undergoing rigorous playtesting across town.
How long have you been selling your wares and how did it begin?
The impetus for drawing and writing comics came from a scribbling session me and my younger brother had during a picnic in 2003, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
What drew you to the Brighton area, if you are not a ‘native’?
I was born in Brighton – I grew up in Patcham, and have stayed ever since.
Any other crafty disciplines you like to practice?
I sing and play guitar in a band called Pog, and sing in another band called Anal Beard. Other than that, I love a good bike ride. And some minigolf once in a while.
What inspires the things you make?
The myriad fools, eccentrics and lunatics we share our breathing space with.
Not a motto as such, but I’ve always been driven by the view that even if you’re not as good as doing something as you want to be, unless someone comes along and offers to do it for you then you may as well go for it anyway.