Comic conventions! I can't get enough of 'em. Like minds coming together to display their art and talk comics. Therefore, although I wasn't a guest at the MCM Comic Con in Birmingham today I thought I'd drop in for a browse as it wasn't far for me to travel.
|Very busy day with attendees of all ages.|
I knew a few of my friends in the comics industry would be there so it'd be a good opportunity to catch up with them. Admittedly, the MCM Comic Con doesn't devote a lot of floor space to actual comics. Most of the tables in the vast hall at the NEC are taken up with dealers selling merchandise related to comics, film, and tv. There's an area called 'Comic Village' where you'll find people who create comics, covering the small press, independents, and full time professionals.
|One of the few stands selling U.S. comics.|
The MCM events also give priority to guests from film and television, where today you'd see people from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Red Dwarf and more. And a couple of wrestlers too, which seem to go down well with some attendees.
|I've no idea why a wrestler was dressed as the Scarlet Witch.|
I know that events such as MCM have been criticised by some for not being "true" comic cons because of their emphasis on actors. Personally, I think there's room for events like this and the smaller, comics-only shows. Talking to friends today echoed that view, and we agreed that these multi-media shows bring in people who wouldn't normally attend a comics-only event and some of them are happy to discover or rediscover comics. (I found this to be very true at ones I was at last year.) Hopefully some of those fans will then check out more events, including the shows dedicated to comics.
Here's a few of the comics creators who were there today...
Steve Tanner, whose Time Bomb Comics company has now been running for ten years.
Rachael Smith, creator of wonderful books that deserve a place on your bookshelf.
Laura Howell, fellow Beano artist and self-publisher.
It was also great to see Jessica Martin, who as a comic creator and actor was at home in both sides of the hall (http://www.artymisspublishing.com), Stuart Gould, who does a fine job printing my comics and those of others (http://www.ukcomicscreative.co.uk), Adam Cadwell, who produces some amazing comics (http://www.adamcadwell.com) and several other pals from the comics world.
MCM Comic Con is on all over the weekend, so there's still time to visit on Sunday 19th March if you're in the area.
Next Saturday, 25th March, I'll be a guest at Robot: Illustration and Creative Arts Convention in Sheffield. See you there!