Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Leamington Comic Con Back Bigger And Better!

My local comic con, the award winning Leamington Comic Con, returns on Saturday March 25 at the Royal Spa Centre bringing big name guests and local talent.

This year, high profile guests at the Comic Con include; Marc Laming whose artwork has appeared in Marvel's 'Star Wars: Force Awakens', John-Paul Bove, artist best known for his work on 'Transformers' for IDW and 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' for Panini and 'Judge Dredd' for 2000AD, Christian Wildgoose, co-creator and artist of the highly acclaimed 'Porcelain' books, and new artist on DC Comic's 'Batgirl', and Sonia Leong, a multi-award winning Manga creator who has worked for TokyoPop, Self-Made Hero, Image Comics, Hachettes, VIZ Media and Titan Comics to name a few, is also confirmed.

Dan Mallier, Creator of Leam Comic Con, said: "This year’s event is going to be the best yet. With two successful conventions under our belt and the awesome support of Leamington behind us, we’ve attracted some big comic book guests."

Leam Comic Con is one of few comic cons that is centred on comic books rather than straying into TV and Film. Doing so has earned the event rave reviews within the industry and enabled it to provide a platform for talented local artists and creators to showcase their work alongside some of the mainstream.

"It’s important to us that we promote literacy and support local talent. We have Leamington Artist Chris Oxenbury attending this year and a fantastic young Artist Tom Malin from Evesham," Dan said.

Leam Comic Con also recently ran a competition (The Small Press Factor) to find the next big thing on the indie scene. The winners were the team behind The King’s Legacy Comic who won the chance to exhibit for free at this year’s convention.

The 2017 convention is being held at the Royal Spa Centre on Newbold Terrace offering plenty of space for comic book fans and colourful cosplayers to mingle.

Once again the event will host a Cosplay Competition to find the best dressed adult (over 16) and child (16 and under) with a chance to win a Leam Comic Con trophy, but this year entrants will also get a chance to walk down their very own catwalk!

Children under 13 are still free to attend with a paying adult and can take advantage of free face painting, balloon modelling and colouring in stations.

Doors open at 10.30am to customers with pre-bought tickets. Paper tickets can be bought from Spa Town Comics (Thursday – Sunday) in the Lower Mall of The Royal Priors Shopping Centre or online via the Royal Spa Centre. There will be a pay on the door option from 11.30am until 4pm with the doors closing at 5pm.

For more information about the event visit the Leam Comic Con page on Spa Town Comics’ website.

SCHEDULE
10:30: Doors open for advance ticket holders
11:30: Doors open for general public
11:45: Live reading of 'A Rum Run Awry' with Ed Gamster (Studio)
12:45: Visual story telling panel by Neil Gibson of T Publications (Studio)
13:00: Creating beasts and monsters with Artist Darrell Thorpe (Kids Zone)
13:45: Changing landscape of comics, Mike Garley/Andy Clift (Studio)
14:00: Wrawing - learning to draw using numbers with Artist Okse (Kids Zone)
14:45: The small press explosion by The Awesome Comics Pod (Studio)
15:00: Face painting and balloon twisting finish (Kids Zone)
15:45: Cosplay competition and panel hosted by the ICC (Studio)
16:30: Last entry
17:30: Event close
19:00: Screening of Tim Burton's Batman (at The Parish Church)

GUESTS
Marc Laming
John-Paul Bove
Chris Wildgoose
Sonia Leong
Montynero
Mike Garley & Josh Sherwell & Mike Stock
The King Legacy Comic (Small Press Factor 2016 Winners)
The Awesome Comics Podcast
International Charity Cosplayers

COMIC CREATORS
Jon Laight
Dead Canary Comics
Paul Rainey
Peter Clack
Okse
The Inheritic
Andy Clift
London Horror Comic
Jake Dudas
Death By Heroism
Attic Studios
Good Comics
Rozi Hathaway
Time Bomb Comics
Neil McClements
Jon Scrivens
The Gee Bees Comic
Gavin Mitchell & Emily Owen
Hellbound Media
Dragonhide Studios
Pipedream Comics

EXHIBITORS
Spa Town Comics
Comic Connections
The Games Den
Saaiko
MG Memorabilia
Illustrate Tor
Marvel and Beyond
The Art of Tom Malin
Bakeology
Snikt and Bamf

FREE Kids Zone
Free face painting
Free balloon modelling