“Great event, great space”
“Liked the music very much”
“I came because it was Deadhead. I’ll come back because I enjoyed it.”
“Really enjoyed it. Loved the blend of art, music, poetry and stories. Wouldn’t change anything”
These are some of the comments of our first toe-in-the-water Event Horizon back on the 26th August. Deadhead Comics did us proud (thanks again, Gafin), and we were honoured to also be part of Deadhead’s 25th birthday.
It was a grand night. Our band, Painted Ocean, played some of our science fiction songs; Andrew J Wilson entertained and enthralled with his poetry; Sue Gyford read a story from Issue 2 of Shoreline of Infinity – a sneak preview; Art Director and Painted Ocean keyboard maestro Mark Toner explored the art of Shoreline. We had some of our artists on hand to show off their skills: thank you Stephen Pickering (thanks for the offer of your moustache wax), Monica Burns and Dave Alexander.
And the whole of Event Horizon was held together with a professional ease that belies his youth, by Russell Jones our master of ceremonies. Russell is not only our assistant editor at the magazine, but he is now our Poetry Editor, and he has some good things lined up for Issue 2 and onwards. More on that later.
So where did Event Horizon spring from?
We ran the magazine Launch Event at Paradise Palms at the beginning of July, with music, readings, poetry, artwork and an alien. It was well received, and we were asked if we were planning more events . When Gafin heard this, he offered his shop as a venue, and we were delighted to take it. With almost no time to publicize it, and it being slap bang in the middle of the biggest festival in the world – the Edinburgh Festivals – we decided to see what would happen. A sort of pilot. If it worked out, would we run some more?
And it worked out: we will run some more.
Deadhead Comics have kindly offered their premises, and we will be running further science fiction evenings in Edinburgh, starting from the end of October – we will confirm the exact date shortly. We will be running these events monthly, and the plan is to host evenings of science fiction entertainments.
We asked what people would like to see, and more music was asked for, gaming, SF films, but the main thing seemed to be that everyone enjoyed the format, with slots of around 15 minutes or so, as well as activities happening around the artists’ table and the comic stands.
After the main events, it was great to mingle and chat with folk who stayed around to mingle and chat, and there was a lively buzz around the room. And a special thanks too to the team who helped lug the band gear to my car – much appreciated!
We’ll post more information on future events here on the Shoreline of Infinity website, so keep your eyes peeled (and on Twitter and Facebook). We’ll be looking for science fiction entertainments so contact us with your ideas and suggestions. The contact form is the best place to do that.
So here’s to the next Shoreline of Infinity Event Horizon at Deadhead Comics.
Meanwhile, back to the editorial desk and gathering content for future issues of Shoreline of Infinity – we have some splendid new stories ready to release.