Derry gets its own Comic Convention – ComicCity

Some of the UK and Ireland’s leading comic artists and writers will touch down in Derry next month for the first ever ComicCity Festival.

The two-day festival, which is being run in partnership with CultureTech, the Millennium Forum and the Nerve Centre, will celebrate comics, illustration and the creative arts.

The festival is free to enter and will be held in the Millennium Forum venue in Derry on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, and will showcase some of the world’s best creative talent, including some of the comic industry’s top writers and artists.

These special guests, exhibitors and dealers will be in attendance throughout the weekend and there will also be a full programme of talks, workshops and activities.

In addition, comic fans will also have the opportunity to attend Invasion Derry, which will be running alongside ComicCity.

This event is being hosted by The Emerald Garrison, Ireland’s premier costuming club, who will be bringing their hugely popular Star Wars show to the city for the first time, featuring interactive sets, props, replicas and over 40 costumed characters!

(please note: there is a cover charge for the Invasion Derry event).

Guests include:

  • JORDIE BELLAIRE
  • DECLAN SHALVEY
  • MARC LAMING
  • JOHN MCCREA
  • DAVE HENDRICK
  • JOHN ALLISON
  • PJ HOLDEN
  • MAURA MCHUGH
  • STEPHEN MOONEY
  • MICHAEL CARROLL
  • RUTH REDMOND
  • RYAN BROWN
  • STEPHEN DOWNEY
  • PAUL BOLGER
  • PHILIP BARRETT
  • SARAH BOWIE
  • DEBBIE JENKINSON
  • LIGHTNING STRIKE
  • NATHAN STOCKMAN
  • MARTIN HAYES
  • JOE CAMPBELL
  • DAVY FRANCIS
  • THE PUBCAST

For more details:

Facebook – ComicCity festival

Twitter – @comiccityfest

Email: info@comiccityfestival.com

Website: www.comiccityfestival.com

Check out the ComicCity podcast, twitter – @Comiccitycast

Lakes Festival Brings Comic Art to the High Street with “Windows Trail”

Kendal, 11th August 2015: Kendal’s high street will again be taken over by comics in October in the run up the third Lakes International Comic Art Festival (16th – 18th October).

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only event of its kind in UK, celebrating all kinds of comic forms, from Britain’s The Beano and The Phoenix to Japan’s globally-acclaimed manga and Canada’s unique comic creators, whose work echoes that country’s frontier-challenging spirit.

Along with a main programme featuring more than 50 different events, including films, the Festival will also host a free, children friendly Family Zone, free Comics Clock Tower signings and events, free exhibitions, a crazy “Festival Fringe” pop-up, courtesy of VIZ comic and publisher Knockabout… and much more!

The Windows on Comic Art Trail, which runs from 2nd – 23rd October, is a unique art trail that is very much part of the Festival’s aim to involve the local community in its comics celebration, displayed in business windows across the town. It provides a fabulous opportunity for the town to get behind the festival and for a wide range of artists to get involved. It also provides visitors with a brilliant way to explore the town. Last year 6000 viewers saw the windows trail and 400 voted in the Peoples Vote.

All the artists involved, whether from local community groups or schools right through to professional artists, take their own approach to their individual windows. They are encouraged to reflect both their own work and the business that’s hosting them.

This year, there’s a wide range of artists and businesses involved including:

  • Williams’ Wools, the Kendal Wool Shop, who are working with Kendal’s first yarn bombing crew, Woollies of Mass Decoration
  • Local artist Jamie Barnes will reflect Kendal’s architecture in the window of Arnold Greenwood Estate Agent. Jamie is a skilled artist who takes inspiration from houses, townscapes and has created a range of work about the Fellside area of Kendal.
  • Kendal 1st Cub and Scout Group will create a window in festival sponsors Specsavers. They will work with festival favourites and creators of the Lakes Gang, Felt Mistress and Jonathan Edwards to create their window including our Lakes Gang character, Gubbs
  • Gareth A Hopkins, winner of ‘Best Artist’ last year is teaming up with Iridium in the New Shambles.

There’s a (gentle) competitive element too where the Windows Trail organisers ask members of the public to vote for a favourite window in The People’s Vote. Additional categories that will be judged and awarded prizes are the Best Artist Window and Best School or Group Window.

Maps and voting slips will be available at participating shops and at the Brewery Arts Centre and the Comics Clock Tower.

This year, the trail will be complemented by exhibitions in two businesses in the town centre:

  • Brew Brothers will have an exhibition by Andy Poyiadgi whose comic Teapot Theory was shortlisted for the Observer/Jonathan Cape/ Comica Graphic Short Story Prize and was coloured with genuine English Breakfast tea.
  • White Stuff will have an exhibition by Mike Medaglia, a comic artist, illustrator and Zen Buddhist whose book One Year Wiser will be launched at the festival by SelfMadeHero. All the artwork in this exhibition will be for sale and the proceeds go to the charity that White Stuff regularly supports, the Bendrigg Trust.

The Windows Trail is made possible with support from the Kendal Business Improvement District, North Country Leisure, Russel Armer Homes, Costa Coffee and Iridium, Kendal.

• For more about the 2015 Lakes International Comic Art Festival visit: www.comicartfestival.com

Leamington Comic Con returns with some big guest names

After last year’s awesome debut, Leamington Comic Con will be back on Saturday the 17th October, promising a bigger venue, more comics and big industry names.

Having outgrown its previous venue, this year’s convention will be held at The Assembly on Spencer Street between 10:30-5:00pm.

Dan Mallier, Creator of Leamington Comic Con, said: “This year’s event is shaping up to be one heck of a comeback. We’ve more than enough for avid comic fans, as well as cosplayers and families looking for a great day out.”

Leamington Comic Con received rave reviews within the industry last year, which has helped it to attract a star studded line up for its 2015 return.

Internationally renowned David Lloyd, a regular at San Diego’s Convention, will be the biggest draw, having co-created V for Vendetta with Alan Moore, and designed V’s Guy Fawkes inspired mask. Lloyd will be promoting his latest venture, Aces Weekly as he hosts a panel talk, but will also be sketching and signing autographs.

Simon Furman, comic book writer notable for Transformers comics and Andrew Wildman, British artist best known for his work on Marvel titles such as Thundercats, The Real Ghostbusters and Transformers, are also confirmed.

“The event’s page on Facebook is already showing over 1,200 people are planning to attend, so we’re expecting swarms of excited comic fans and colourful cosplayers, but they’re will also be plenty to do for families with young children too,” added Dan.

Early-bird tickets can be bought direct from Seismic Records located at The Assembly, MG Memorabilia on Lansdowne Street or online via the Leam Comic Con Facebook page.  Priority entrance will be given to ticket holders, but people can pay on the day.

Confirmed guests & exhibitors:

  • David Lloyd, co-creator of V for Vendetta, Aces Weekly
  • Lee Bradley -Artist
  • Neil McClements – Artist
  • T Publications, Writer & Publisher
  • David Leach, Writer & Artist
  • Mike Garley, Josh Sherwell & Mike Stock, The Kill Screen
  • Simon Furman, Writer
  • Andrew Wildman, Artist
  • Vince Hunt, Writer & Artist
  • Comic Connections, Banbury
  • Haylestorm Comics, Writers & artists
  • John-Paul Kamath, Award winning London Horror Comic Anthology
  • Geeky Comics, Award winning Writer
  • Giuseppe Barresi, Writer & Artist, Solihull
  • Time Bomb Comics, Writer & Publisher, Birmingham
  • Snikt and Bamf, Pop culture jewellery & accessories, Birmingham
  • Fly Comics, Writer & Publisher, Birmingham
  • Lance Manley, Writer, Leamington Spa
  • Josh Callaghan, Artist, Leamington Spa
  • MG Memorabilia, TV & Film memorabilia, Leamington Spa
  • Saakio, Anime figurines, Kenilworth
  • Dean Beattie, Writer & Artist
  • Rees Finlay, Writer & Artist, Coventry
  • Stu Perrins, Writer, Birmingham
  • Matthew Craig, Writer & Artist
  • AshesX Comics, Trader
  • Dead All Over Design, Artist, Cheltenham

Cosplay guests:

  • iCosplay – an anti-bullying campaign
  • Gotham Cosplayers UK
  • East Midlands Garrison