Sadly, I won’t be attending the Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival this weekend.
I had been very much looking forward to the festival, not having attended any comic events since my busman’s holiday at Thought Bubble in 2019. This would have also been my first signing in event in over three years!
But after much agonising, I finally concluded that the rising rates of Covid-19 in the UK is too much of a risk for me to take at this time.
The incompetent, self-serving and blatantly corrupt British government have failed miserably to control the spread of the virus prior to the winter months, and simply attending a comic festival is potentially a significant health risk for anyone of a certain age or with a pre-existing condition.
I must stress that the Thought Bubble organisers appear to be taking every possible precaution to provide a safe environment for festivalgoers, and I felt greatly reassured by this. However, the prospect of multiple train journeys with maskless and possibly unvaccinated passengers, along with the after-hours socialising at the event has made the trip feel like too much of a gamble.
If you’re going to the festival, I’m sorry I won’t be there, but please, have great fun, buy lots of comics, protect those around you, and above all, stay safe.
See you there next year, with any luck.