This month sees the return of the excellent Leamington Comic Con to the UK calendar on Saturday 25th March at the Royal Spa Centre. With an event that is set to feature big name guests from DC and Marvel, such as Chris Wildgoose and Marc Laming, as well as the best of the small press scene (including Pipedream Comics who will be bringing the Indie Showcase edition of The Pull List), as well as a Cosplay Catwalk and more, it’s a welcome return to one of our favourite cons of the year!
But don’t just take our word for how good it’s going to be, here’s what you can expect, courtesy of the events press release:
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!
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.
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