Award-winning comic convention returns bringing Batgirl & Star Wars Artists to Leamington
Written by Clay on March 9, 2017
Leam Comic Con is back with big name guests from DC and Marvel titles
The event takes place on Saturday 25th March at the Royal Spa Centre
Cosplay catwalk competition returns. Kids under 13 go free!
The Town’s award-winning comic convention – Leam Comic Con – returns on Saturday the 25th March at the Royal Spa Centre bringing big name guests and local talent.
The people of Leamington can meet the likes of Christian Wildgoose, Artist on DC’s Batgirl, Marc Laming whose artwork has appeared in Marvel’s Star Wars: Force Awakens and 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.
In addition, the event organisers are thrilled to have 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, confirmed too.
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 conventions that has kept a focus on comic books rather than straying into TV and Film. This focus 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, said Dan. “We have Leamington Artist Chris Oxenbury – known locally as the emoji man – attending this year and a fantastic young Artist Tom Malin from Evesham” he 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!
Door 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 11:30 until 4:00pm with the doors closing at 5:00pm.
For more information about the event visit the Leam Comic Con page on Spa Town Comics’ website: www.spatowncomics.co.uk/leam-comic-con
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Guests & exhibitors:
GUEST – Marc Laming: A comic book artist / illustrator living in the UK. His work has been published by Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Image Comics, Fleetway, IDW, Dark Horse, Valiant, Dynamite and Boom Studios!
He’s worked on titles such as: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Planet Hulk, Uncanny Avengers, The Fantastic Four, All-New Invaders, Kings Watch, Exile On The Planet Of The Apes, Hyperion, In The Dark, Savage Sword, American Century, The Activity, The Dreaming, The Rinse and The Splinter Cell: Echoes GN. Marc is currently working on a creator owned book.
GUEST – John-Paul Bove: A UK based freelance comic book writer and colourist. He is perhaps best known for his work on Transformers for IDW and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Panini. He has also worked on a wide variety of titles like Judge Dredd, Doctor Who, Dungeons and Dragons: Baldur’s Gate, GI Joe, Godzilla, and Action Man. As well as licensed titles he has numerous creator owned titles including UnEarth, an atmospheric horror book which he will bring to the show.
GUEST – Christian Wildgoose: An Illustrator, most known for art duties on the Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale series through Improper Books, and has recently become the newest artist on Batgirl for DC. He’s worked on bits here and there for DC, Vertigo, Titan, Image and Paramount. Chris also works as a concept artist for film, he most recently worked on the Assassin’s Creed movie as a weapons concept artist.
GUEST – Sonia Leong: New to Leam Comic Con is Sonia a multi-award winning Manga creator. Her best-sellers include Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Draw Manga: Complete Skills and Manga Your World, sold worldwide and in numerous editions and languages. She has worked for TokyoPop, Self-Made Hero, Image Comics, Hachettes, VIZ Media, Titan Comics, Walker Books, Search Press and many more across the comic book industry, children’s books, educational publishing, periodicals, television and advertising.
GUEST – Montynero: Created the hit creator-owned series ‘Death Sentence’ with Artist Mike Dowling, published internationally by Titan in English and Delcourt in French. He’s written The Hulk and X-men for Marvel, and stories for 2000AD and Vertigo Comics. Montynero is currently working on a number of brand new series, an original graphic novel and the third volume in the Death Sentence series.
Click here to see the full list of guests and their biographies.
Click here to see the full list of exhibitors.