It’s a little known fact, but outside of New York and London, Glasgow has the third biggest community of comic book professionals. At least, that’s what the organisers of Glasgow Comic Con are telling me and when they’ve gone to the effort of putting on the first event of its kind in the city for fifteen years, who are we to argue?
It’s not just any ordinary con either – running from Monday June 13th through to the Comic Con itself on Saturday 18th, the event has expanded to become a week-long festival. There’s a host of excellent – and free – events to be checking out at the city’s Mackintosh Church, where the majority of the happenings will be over the week. Here’s the lowdown on Comic Booked’s favourite reasons to be attending.
Team Girl Comic’s DIY Workshop
Local to Glasgow but available in selected stores across the UK, Team Girl Comic has been making waves in the small press scene over the last year or so, and now editor Gillian Hatcher and the team behind it are bringing their secrets to share on Tuesday June 14th. Fresh from holding a similar event at London’s Orbital Comics a couple of weeks back, through open discussion the workshop will discuss how more girls can be encouraged to read comics and how their needs can be better met by small press creators. Some of the comics that will be discussed will be The Bunty, The Dandy, MINX graphic novels as well as some of the female small press creators in the UK today, and if it’s anything like their presentation at the Glasgow Film Festival earlier this year, it’s sure to be an informative and entertaining afternoon.
Making A Killing With Burke and Hare
Following Team Girl Comic on the evening of June 14th, Burke and Hare writer Martin Conaghan and artist Will Pickering explain the process of creating their acclaimed graphic novel about the titular serial killers, including the background of their story, printing, self-publishing, promoting and selling the book – a must-see for any aspiring creators basically.
Scottish Film Previews
June 16th sees an evening of up-and-coming movies, with screenings of BAFTA nominated horror short Contorted Hazel, and previews of two full-length Scottish movies on the horizon that draw inspiration from comic books.
The creators of Electric Man will be on hand to discuss their BAFTA nominated superhero comedy. Rather than explain the full plot to you, why not watch this handily-thorough video that sums it up quite nicely?
Also getting a look-in is Fraser Coull‘s Night Is Day, the big-screen continuation of his superhero web-series of the same name. The ambitious project is currently raising funds to take the movie stateside, and you can help by visiting their website here after you’ve watched this trailer:
Q & A For Vendetta
First, let’s just take a moment to appreciate that subheading.
The only event to be held outside of the Mackintosh Church, on June 17th the Glasgow Film Theatre plays host to a screening of comic book adaptation V For Vendetta. While most self-respecting fans will have seen the film, what’s new is the chance to hear co-creator of the comic David Lloyd answer questions on the adaptation and more in a Q & A session afterwards! This is the only event outside of the Con that tickets need to be paid for, but we imagine demand might be high for this one!
Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards
Celebrating and supporting the best of independent Scottish comics in the first event of its kind in Scotland, the SICBA voting opens on June 13th. All of the nominees will be available to peruse and read at the Mackintosh Church, where voters can also cast their votes, with the results announced at the awards party after the Con on June 18th. While there’s a few awards up for grabs, the most hotly contested one has to be Best Comic or Graphic Novel, the nominees for which are:
- Burke and Hare
- Dougie’s War
- Ganjaman Presents
- Go Wildlife!
- King Evil
- The Standard
- Team Girl Comic
Glasgow Comic Con
And as if all that’s not enough to hold your interest, there’s also the Glasgow Comic Con itself on June 18th, with exhibitors selling there wares and a veritable host of UK comics talent attending, including, but not limited to:
- David Lloyd (V For Vendetta, Hellblazer)
- Mark Millar (Kick Ass, Superior)
- Frank Quitely (We 3, All Star Superman)
- Alan Grant (2000AD, but also one of the two greatest comics where Batman visits Scotland – “The Scottish Connection”).
- Gary Erskine (Army@Love, Dan Dare, Jack Cross)
- Jamie Grant (All Star Superman, Superboy, We 3)
- Colin MacNeil (classic 2000AD stories “America” and “Chopper: Song of the Surfer”)
- Dan McDaid (Jersey Gods, Doctor Who Magazine and a forthcoming IDW Doctor Who adventure, which gives an excuse to use the following picture, which rumor has it Dan will be selling a few prints of at the event)
More details on the Con and the Festival can be found here at the website, but we’d have to say the event is shaping up nicely! See you there!