Mark Millar launches Kapow Comic Con in London

Pledging to bring "San Diego Comic-Con to these shores," Mark Millar this morning announced he'll launch Kapow Comic Con on April 9-10 in London.

"The idea behind Kapow! is to bring the San Diego experience to Central London," Millar tells Empire. "All the studios have a massive presence here in the UK, dozens of the world's biggest comic creators are here and most of the comic-book movie adaptations are being filmed just up the road."

Held at the London Business Design Centre, the premiere event will feature such creators as Brian Bolland, Olivier Coipel, Paul Cornell, Andy Diggle, Steve Dillon, Dave Gibbons, Bryan Hitch, Jock, Brendan McCarthy, John McCrea, Kevin O'Neill, Frank Quitely, John Romita Jr. and Leinil Francis Yu. The schedule is expected to be announced in February.

The convention also will feature the debut of the Stan Lee Awards, honoring "the cream of comic book talent for all their creativity and imagination." Categories include best writer, best artist, best publisher, best TV show, best game or toy, and man or woman of the year.

Tickets can be purchased now through the convention website. You can watch the trailer, featuring Millar, Gibbons, Quitely and Yu, after the break.

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