The next convention on the list is the event at Wicksteed Park in Kettering.  The Northants International Comic Expo (or N.I.C.E as it’s referred to) is a first event for the area and adds to a rapidly growing list of UK conventions.  The main attraction is Alan Moore appearing at a convention for the first time in some time to do a talk on how to write comics.  This will then be followed by a Q&A session.  While this may prove a draw to those thinking of going, he has stated that he will not be doing any signing either before or after the event so this may dissuade some from making the journey but nevertheless, it is indeed an excellent addition to the bill.  In a clever twist though, admission to the Alan Moore panel is via a donation of a graphic novel or trade paperback to the local libraries rather than a financial one which should hopefully help promote the medium.

Alan Moore appearing at the Northants International Comics Expo 2012

The guest list is a mixture of UK stalwarts such as Charlie Adlard, Ian Churchill and Dylan Teague through to some of those who you see less often on the circuit.  The rather excellent and exceptionally talented Adi Granov along with cover artist extraodinaire Marko Djurdjevic make an appearance along with fan favourites Doug Braithwaite, Simon Bisley and Alan Davis.  A notable addition to the bill is Steve Dillon, an artist with a long and distinguished career illustrating the likes of Preacher, The Punisher, Wolverine and Rogue Trooper amongst many others over a 30+ year career making him sure to be a popular guest.

Aside from the guests, there is free access to the dealer, cosplay and gallery areas and being as the event is in a popular theme park, this may well attract the casual passerby into the other areas.  As ever, Comic Conventions will be in attendance, look out for the review and pop back here for any more updates or keep an eye on our Twitter feed.  As this is a first, we are not sure what to expect ourselves and are looking forward to a meet up and pestering the artists accordingly.

More information on the event can be found here:

Full guest list:

  • Charlie Adlard
  • Simon Bisley
  • Doug Braithwaite
  • Kate Brown
  • Ian Churchill
  • Alan Davis
  • Steve Dillon
  • Marko Djurdjevic
  • Glenn Fabry
  • Melinda Gebbie
  • R.M. Guera
  • Adi Granov
  • David Hine
  • Shaky Kane
  • Dave Kendall
  • Clint Langley
  • Tony Lee
  • Alan Moore
  • Ben Oliver
  • Esad Ribic
  • Greg Staples
  • Dylan Teague
  • Emma Vieceli
  • John Watson