Showcasing established and emerging talent from across the region The exciting Art and Illustration convention returns to the centre of Sheffield. It will showcase an array of work from a varied selection of artists and illustrators, all of whom will be on hand to chat about what they do and sell examples of their work. The convention is a single day event to be held on Saturday 25th March 2017 at the Millennium Gallery, it will be open to the public from 10.30 am until 4 pm and will feature a number of Q&A/drawing panels with some of the special guests.

The guests include: Fiona Stephenson: Illustrator and one-time comic book letterer who worked on Judge Dredd for 2000 A.D. She currently produces vintage style Pin up art works. Kristyna Baczynski: a self-published comic maker and illustrator who has worked with the Sage in Gateshead and NME. She was also nominated for an Eisner Award in 2016 for one of her comics. Chris Skinner: a graphic designer whose clients have included the BBC and Nintendo

Mychailo Kazybrid: a comic book illustrator with work published in Marvel and DC Thomson comics

Bambos Georgiou: a comic book writer and inker who has worked for a range of British and American publishers.

In addition to the guests there will be a trade hall with over 25 separate exhibitors, each with their own unique brand of Art work. There will be a £4 charge on the door (children under 12 are free). Robot Con is the brain child of an emerging artist, Chelsea Abbott, and a comic book fan, Darryll Robson. Between them they have curated an event with a wide selection of talent from all walks of life and orchestrated something that reflects their own desires for a convention of this type. They have brought together self-published comic creators; established artists; professional illustrators; and a wide selection of local talent.

The day will give visitors a chance to see and purchase original works of art at an affordable price along with a collection of other, related products. It will also provide the opportunity to speak directly to the people who produce the work. This interaction is paramount to the convention as the artists will have the chance to discuss their work and techniques and also advise and inspire those they speak to.

The creators are as important as their work and Robot Con will give them a platform to reach the public directly. This is the second Robot Creative & Comic Arts Convention after a successful first event in 2016. They have received some excellent advice, feedback and help from a number of sources, all of which has been channeled into one simple aim: to hold an event that appeals to everyone who has an interest in illustration and comic book art.

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