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Web Comix Spotlight: The Dexter Dimension

On Saturday I went to the UK Web & Mini Comix Thing 2008 in Mile End. I first read about it in Lying in the Gutters, and a couple days later saw a preview of the event via Londonist. Since I wasn't going to Cumbria for the weekend as originally planned, I decided to check it out.

Finding it was a bit of a challenge. I knew that it was in the "Great Hall" at the Queen Mary, and finding the university itself was easy enough, but locating the actual hall was tougher. I was surprised that there weren't placards or signs or other advertisements out on the sidewalk itself; if you knew what you were looking for, and where it was, you could find it - but I'm sure they got absolutely no "interested passerby" traffic, because no one walking by would have a clue. Unfortunate.

Anyway, I did actually find it, and it was pretty neat. A fairly small room - I'm guessing the "Great"-ness of the Hall is more "Yippee!" than "Godzilla" - with many artists and cartoonists sitting at rows of tables. I wandered up and down the aisles, smiling at the occasional creator, and perusing their wares. Some people smiled and let you do your thing, some were involved in their own affairs and didn't take much notice, and some actively tried to court you. Which I think is a great thing - selling yourself is an active process - but the problem is, of course, I didn't have a lot of cash on me to spare.

(Fortunately, one GREAT idea was that they had put together a squarebound, full-color, UK Web & Mini Comix Thing 2008 anthology. Containing a few pages of work from everyone exhibiting, over 100 pages' worth, and priced at only one pound! In terms of bang-for-the-buck this was pure gold, and it lets you look over the different comics in greater detail at your own later leisure.)

Anyway, the one actual comic I did buy was something called The Dexter Dimension. I was passing this one table - glancing at front covers but nothing beyond - when the guy explicitly invited me to feel free to read something. More out of politeness than anything else, I picked up this comic and flipped through it. It's a collection of one-page gag strips, 4 to a page, and I read through the first 4 or 5 pages. Realizing that almost every single one was really funny, and actually making me laugh, I bought it, and thanked him.

Upon reading the rest later - it's only about 12 pages long - I absolutely loved it, and wish I'd bought the other two mini-collections as well. At the very least, there's a website with a few more Dexter strips - though it looks like they've been scaled back recently, so the artist can concentrate on other strips he's interested in too. (I'm sure Paul can relate.) I'll have to sample those as well.

In the meantime, check out The Dexter Dimension yourself. Hopefully you'll get as big of a laugh as I did.

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