Article by Dan Mallier 07.09.15
Royal Leamington Spa is known for its wide boulevards, Georgian and Edwardian architecture and expansive, award-winning parks, but last year the town also became famous for its very own comic convention – well within the comic industry anyway.
The event started as one local man’s mission to deliver a small, but perfectly formed comic based convention, aimed at promoting small press and local talent, and where people could meet with local and national comic writers, illustrators and traders.
With financial backing from like-minded supporters, it became a reality attracting 1,000 avid comic fans, colourful cosplayers and families looking for a good day out.
“Leamington Spa was an ideal place to launch this type of convention,” said Dan Mallier, creator of the Leamington Comic Con. “It’s obvious the people of Leamington love their comics, and they’re incredibly supportive of niche and local businesses and events.”
After last year’s awesome debut, Leamington Comic Con will be back on Saturday the 17th October 2015, promising a bigger venue, more comics and big industry names. The doors will open at The Assembly on Spencer Street between 10:30-5:00pm.
While the convention received rave reviews within the industry, helping Dan to attract big guests this year, he has made certain the event will still help to celebrate and promote local talent too byshowcasing a wide variety of exhibitors from the West Midlands.
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 legions 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 Streetor online via the Leam Comic Con Facebook page. Priority entrance will be given to ticket holders, but people can pay on the day.
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About Leamington Comic Con:
Our journey started in February 2014, following a successful crowd funding campaign. Our mission is to deliver a small, but perfectly formed comic based convention, which promotes small press and local talent where people can engage with local and national comic writers, illustrators and traders.