Official Press Release
A colourful new festival is about to hit the UK events calendar –experience the world of comics and graphic novels with Comic Expo,November 19 to 20, 2005.
On a scale never before seen in the UK, Comic Expo opens a unique gatewayinto the worlds of Spider-Man, V for Vendetta, Dragonball Z, Sin City,Batman, and even The Beano!
Held in the impressive Hilton Metropole hotel, Comic Expo offerseverything from slice-of-life to manga titles and spandex to humourcomics, guaranteeing an absorbing weekend for keen fans and curious publicalike. Top international writers, artists and publishers will be offeringcomics workshops, art displays, signings, portfolio reviews for potentialcomics creators, and launching their new titles – both in print and onscreen. Plus: live bands, interactive computer games, exclusive toys andmovie previews.
The event has attracted over 100 high-profile guests, including MarkMillar – voted one of the world's top three comics writers, Watchmenartist Dave Gibbons and Texas-born Gilbert Shelton, writer/artist of TheFabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Over 150 exhibitors range from leading bookpublishers to comics companies and animators to digital game developers.
With a festival atmosphere, Comic Expo will have artists sketching,publishers giving away promotional comics, plus film and game previews,and workshops for all ages, all as part of its celebration of a vibrantand inspirational medium.
The event organiser is Dez Skinn, publisher of the industry's monthlytrade magazine Comics International www.qual-com.co.uk. Winner of over 20Eagle Awards, he has been active in comics since the '70s, editing titlesfrom MAD to Spider-Man. "In Europe comics are an important entertainmentmedium. This is proven in their popularity, with France's Angouleme eventalone attracting 300,000 people. With the ability of comics to enhanceliteracy as well as entertain and educate, Expo will be a celebration ofcomics as a legitimate art form and major inspiration for TV and movies."