I'm going to be meeting three of my heroes this autumn. I'm getting a bit overexcited.
Mr X Stitch is going to be at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate from 22 to 25 November. I think it's the first time he's done the Harrogate show! His site is a proper good resource for stitch art and he's done loads in bringing embroidery to the public attention. He's also involved in Fine Cell Work which is a brilliant organisation, taking embroidery into prisons.
I'm going to pull up my big girl panties and go to a comic festival for the first time. Thought Bubble is in Leeds from 11 to 18 November, and John Allison and Kate Beaton will be there. Holy cow.
Kate Beaton's Hark a Vagrant is just the best comic website out there. She is a fabulous illustrator and her jokes are always funny. Full stop. But John Allison... his comics Scarygoround and Bad Machinery have been a huge part of my life. I've read them every day (Mon - Fri) for nine years. I identify so much with Scarygoround's Shelly Winters - she's a tiny maniac. This comic expresses so much of my own anxiety - when I read it for the first time I had tears in my eyes. And his current Bad Machinery stories are just some of the best stuff he's ever written - his plots and characters are great.
So, heroes. I just hope I don't make too much of an eedjit of myself in front of them...