Anyone who knows me, or has followed my work knows that I’m a huge comic book and sci-fi geek. I’ve worked in and around comics for most of my career and have been fortunate enough to work on some really fun projects, for comic book companies in the UK and much further afield. Over the years I’ve been able to visit more than a few book and comic book conventions or shows too, as a fan, as an artist and as a writer. That’s why the prospect of Hull’s own Comic Con next week instantly turns me into a simpering fan-boy. I can’t wait.
The comic book community has always been a passionate and dedicated one, with many fans finding solace in the pages of their favourite titles from a young age. Whether it’s the writing, or in my case the artwork that initially draws you in, comics have and always will be a valid and valuable art-form. The recent proliferation of comic book films and the accompanying press, merchandise and general hysteria have served to bring comics very much into the mainstream.
As a child I spent most of my life with my face buried in the pages of a comic book. I was bitten by the collecting bug at about 7 years of age, and it’s never left me. Comics are where I learnt my craft as an illustrator so to say they have been a big influence on me is an understatement.
Having our own Comic Con in Hull is a wonderful thing, and offers a chance for both children and adults to share in the enjoyment an event like this can bring. An eclectic mix of guests including the 6th Doctor Who, Colin baker and the original Holly from Red Dwarf, Normal Lovett will be there alongside comic book artists, memorabilia, talks and countless photo opportunities.
Like all Comic Cons there will be a strong Cosplay element, with visitors invited to don the costumes of their favourite characters (this is optional of course) and the whole event will wrap up with an evening bar complete with DJ and live band.
Tickets are still available for the event which takes place next Saturday 27th June at Asylum on Cottingham Road, so make sure to get yours in plenty of time. I will personally be there to take in the sights and pick up a few pieces of art. I will of course be in full comic book geek mode, although I will likely leave the Cosplay side of things to the experts.