Well, the votes are in and Edinburgh Comic Con (ECC) 2015 was a huge success! Held over the weekend of 11-12 April, the second ECC, with its diverse and imaginative mix of international TV, film and comic guests, was a complete sell-out. Sensibly rebranded from its first year title of Something Bloody Awesome to the more all-ages and geographically descriptive new name, Hero Conventions’ second con was a more ambitious and slicker operation than 2014, enjoyable though that was.
Again held over two levels in the refurbished Potterrow Mandela Centre not far from the Royal Mile, the con had scores of guests and exhibitors and the busy timetable included panels, a cosplay competition, a charity auction and a screening of Star Trek Axanar. The international media guests included more than a few faces from pop culture phenomena like Doctor Who, Star Wars and Game of Thrones and, from the pages of funny books, there was an eclectic list including Marvel headline artist Jim Cheung, DC writer Ivan Brandon and cult favourite writer-artist Ryan Browne. The only criticism overheard was that perhaps a bigger venue was needed due to the con’s popularity this year. And it’s not wise to question someone cosplaying as Judge Dredd!
ECC is a con fast making a name for itself and it will be very, VERY interesting to see what Hero Conventions come up with for 2016.