Monday, March 12, 2018

John Wagner & Al Ewing Make An Appearance At This Year's Leam Comic Con

My local comic con, the award winning Leamington Comic Con, returns on Saturday April 14 at the All Saint’s Parish Church, bringing comic-book royalty to the Town.

Each year the independently-run convention has upped its game and delivered a unique and fun-filled day for comic-book fans and families. This year, the convention has secured two huge names from the comic-book industry to attend - John Wagner an American-born, British comics writer best known for co-creating the iconic 2000AD character, Judge Dredd and Al Ewing, writer for Marvel Comics.

John Wagner has specially chosen to launch his latest book, 'Rok of The Reds' at the show, giving Leam Comic Con 2018 attendees the chance to purchase copies (while stocks last) before it officially hits the shelves on Monday April 16, published by BHP Comics!

'Rok of The Reds' is a story about football - the beautiful game - and aliens. Aliens? Yes! It's about the meeting of mighty extra-terrestrial Rok of Arkady and bad boy footballer Kyle Dixon. When these two come together, it all kicks off - with explosive consequences.

Check out a quick interview with John here.

Al Ewing began his career writing stories in the five-page Future Shocks format for 2000AD and eventually moved on to regular stints on 'Judge Dredd'. He wrote the 'Mighty Avengers' and 'Loki: Agent of Asgard', and has more recently written 'New Avengers', 'US Avengers', 'The Ultimates' and 'Rocket' and 'Royals' for Marvel Comics.

Check out a quick interview with Al here.

Dan Mallier, event organiser, said: "We’re beyond excited about returning to the Town and very proud of our 2018 line-up. Leam Comic Con is about keeping comic conventions about comics and this year we have everything from comic-book royalty to an unbelievably talented array of small press creators showcasing their work."

The event will once again 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. Children under 13 are still free to attend with a paying adult and can take advantage of free colouring-in stations and workshops with comic-book artists.

Doors open at 10am for advance ticket holders and the general-public can pay on the door from 11am. Last admission is 4pm with the doors closing at 5pm.

Entry costs £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and are free for children under 13.

For more information and tickets visit: www.spatowncomics.co.uk/leam-comic- con

COMIC GUESTS
John Wagner (2000AD, Judge Dredd, A History Of Violence)
Al Ewing (Judge Dredd, Loki: Agent Of Asgard)
John Davis-Hunt (Clean Room, The Wild Storm)
Jay Gunn (Surface Tension)
Sarah Grayley (Kim Reaper, Rick And Morty)
The Etherington Brothers (The Phoenix)
Susie Gander (Perrywinkle)
David Leach
The Awesome Comics Podcast

SMALL PRESS COMIC CREATORS
Jon Laight
Chris Imber Reckless Hero
Chris Jenkins Reckless Hero
Hell Bound Media
Lyndon White
Good Comics
Cog Life Comics
Jay Martin
Jimmy Furlong
JP Kamath London Horror Comic
Jason Cobley
T Pub
Richard Carrington
Nick Prolix
Tony Cooper
Paul Rainey
Darrell Thorpe
Rachael Smith
Mark Penman
James Lawrence
Soaring Penguin Press
Attic Studios
Beyond The Bunker
Freaktown Comics

ARTISTS
Okse
Tori Oliveri
Nick Gribbon

TRADERS
Comic Connections
Paper Thin Comics
Saaiko
RMarvel Comics
Bakeology
Looking Glass Designs

ITINERARY
10.00am : Doors open (Advance ticket holders only)
10.00am : Cosplay competition registration open
11.00am : Doors open to general public (pay on the door)
11.00am - 11.45am : 'I Am The Law' Q&A with 'Judge Dredd' co-creator John Wagner (Chapel Room)
11.00am - 12.00am : Kids Creative Workshop with Darrell Thorpe (Cafe)
12.45pm - 1.30pm : The Awesome Comics Podcast Live (Chapel Room)
2.00pm - 2.45pm : A Place To Hang Your Capes Podcast Live (Chapel Room)
3.00pm - 3.45pm : Crowdfunding Your Comic Panel (Chapel Room)
4.00pm - 4.45pm : Cosplay competition winners announced (Chapel Room)
5.00pm : Doors close