Back after an 18 month hiatus, Leamington Comic Con returned to the UK convention calendar with a new venue and a line up promising, comics, cosplay and plenty of fun for all the family. Having finally recovered from last week’s MCM Birmingham, our roving reporter Olly MacNamee broke out his press pass to give us all the news from this year’s event.

With the convention scene now in full swing, Alan Henderson, creator of webcomic Penned Guin shared these 9 essential convention tips over at the Awesome Comics Talk Facebook Group and he kindly agreed to let us share them with you here too. He told us he has learnt each of these from being on both sides of the con table for the last 18 years and they hopefully give some insights into how to run a successful small press table at a Con.

With the arrival of February, begins the comic convention season of 2017. Once again, starting us off is Stuart Mulrain and his team’s True Believers Comic Festival (TBCF), back for it’s third year. Can this event build on the fantastic success of its first two outings or is this the year the bubble bursts? Our intrepid reporter James Blundell heads to Cheltenham to find out!

MCC2016 logoCelebrating it’s fifth anniversary this summer, is Melksham Comic Con, one of the crown jewels in the UK indie comics scene and the ultimate fun packed comic day out (that actually places the emphasis on comics!). To celebrate this momentous anniversary they are back, bigger and better than ever on August 27th and 28th, across two days and three venues in the sleepy Wiltshire market town. To find out more about this years event we catch up with organiser Hayley Spencer.

Shrewsbury Comic FestivalFor many music goers the re-scheduling of the Shrewsbury Fields Forever weekender was a huge disappointment, but the Shrewsbury International Comic Festival did its best to sustain a certain sense of the festivities. Sitting alongside the tranquil River Severn in Quarry Park, and surrounded by the medieval beauty of Shrewsbury, this was a fun and fresh take on the traditional comic convention, that succeeded despite the odds –  our intrepid reporter Olly MacNamee gives us the lowdown.

Shrewsbury Comic FestivalWe’re in the middle of convention series and one of the most interesting sounding (and potentially under-rated) events on the calendar is this weekend’s Shrewsbury International Comic Festival. Very much a ‘festival’ of comics in the vein of the Lakes or Thought Bubble, rather than another ‘Con’ it has a line up of international and UK guests and an approach of celebrating comics that may make it one of the best events of the year. Olly MacNamee takes a look at what’s going on.

birmingham-comics-festivalWhat a month we had celebrating all things comics and comic book related over April at the Birmingham Comics Festival 2016. Building on last year’s freshman offerings, this sophomore showing was braver and bolder, with a good mix of events both entertaining and informative, and all inclusive in one way or another. A festival for the people, if you will. Our roving reporter Olly MacNamee gives us his guide to the month’s activities.

The Birmingham Comics’ Festival: The full scheduleThe full list of all the Birmingham Comics Festival’s events running across April have now all been confirmed and set in stone, from a Mike Carey signing, to a very special one-off exclusive screening of Future Shock! The 2000AD Story at the Mac, Birmingham with guest speakers Ian Edginton, Jimmy Broxton, Ian Richardson and Phil Winslade, the list has grown and expanded to encourage all ages, all interested parties, to get involved. As you can see for yourselves, below:

True Believers 2016With 2016 now in full swing, the time has come for convention season to get underway and first out of the gate is the trip down to Cheltenham Racecourse as neither the heavy winds or torrential rain seemed enough to dampen the spirits of the fans, creators or agents alike making their pilgrimage to the new con on the block, True Believers Comic Festival 2016.