Official Press Release
Bolstering the trade appeal, DC Comics' Bob Wayne (VP Sales) and Stephanie Fierman (Senior VP Sales &Marketing) will be attending the Diamond UK Retailer Day being held at the Comic Expo venue on FridayNovember 18, leading into the inaugural weekend festival.
The trade-only conference begins with a buffet lunch at the Brighton UK seafront Metropole Hilton 12:00 - 1:00 and will end with Diamond account retailers being given a complimentary copy of the All Star Batman & Robin pencil cover variant, currently only available through auction sites for over $200.
Tokyopop and City of Heroes producer NCSoft will be among other suppliers also providing free promotional items.
The Comic Expo features Jim Steranko as keynote speaker, making his first UK appearance in over 25 years, and also headlines Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, Gilbert Shelton -- along with the Bolex Brothers produced Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers animated movie, Simon Bisley (producing ten-foot tall two hour oil paintings, live), Mike Ploog, and a host more top name comics creators.
Over 40 publishers have signed to exhibit at the event including Eaglemoss, Chrysalis, Tokyopop, Gollancz Manga and Panini plus live bands will be performing jazz and R&B across the weekend in the bar area.
NCSoft will be launching their new City of Villains online superhero roleplaying game with a special tournament on the Saturday night and a preview screening of the new Heavy Metal vs Dominator movie isalso scheduled.
Modelled after the European comics festivals more than the smaller and value-driven US conventions, Comic Expo, with its slogan 'Promoting Literacy and the Visual Arts' is mounting a mammoth outreachadvertising and publicity programme to attract the general public to the show conveniently situated 20minutes from London Gatwick International Airport.
Various all-age art workshops and publisher portfolio review sessions are being staged for an event expected to be the largest of its kind in UK history.
"For me, organising this event is about putting something back in. It's easy to just take all thetime, but I feel there's a responsibility that people who have done well out of comics have to promote our industry to a wider market. To put something back in, irrespective of financial gain," Dez Skinn, the Comic Expo Chairman and CEO, commented.
About the organisers:Comic Expo (Brighton) is a major new development of Quality Communications Ltd
The key UK comics publishing house, Quality has won over 25 awards. Founded in 1981 by ex-Marvel UK editorial director Dez Skinn, whose early concepts included Doctor Who Weekly, House of Hammer, Starburst and Hulk Weekly, Quality was also responsible for the launch of Warrior which introduced such breakthrough properties as V for Vendetta and Marvelman/Miracleman.
Through his various projects, Skinn has given the big break to many leading creators including Steve Dillon, Scott Dunbier, John Bolton, Garry Leach, David Lloyd, Grant Morrison, Brian Bolland, Steve Parkhouse, Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore.
For the last 15 years, Quality has been publisher of Europe's leading trade paper, Comics International.