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 gateway
into 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 offers
everything from slice-of-life to manga titles and spandex to humour
comics, guaranteeing an absorbing weekend for keen fans and curious public
alike. Top international writers, artists and publishers will be offering
comics workshops, art displays, signings, portfolio reviews for potential
comics creators, and launching their new titles – both in print and on
screen. Plus: live bands, interactive computer games, exclusive toys and
The event has attracted over 100 high-profile guests, including Mark
Millar – voted one of the world’s top three comics writers, Watchmen
artist Dave Gibbons and Texas-born Gilbert Shelton, writer/artist of The
Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Over 150 exhibitors range from leading book
publishers 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 vibrant
and inspirational medium.
The event organiser is Dez Skinn, publisher of the industry’s monthly
trade magazine Comics International www.qual-com.co.uk. Winner of over 20
Eagle Awards, he has been active in comics since the ’70s, editing titles
from MAD to Spider-Man. “In Europe comics are an important entertainment
medium. This is proven in their popularity, with France’s Angouleme event
alone attracting 300,000 people. With the ability of comics to enhance
literacy as well as entertain and educate, Expo will be a celebration of
comics as a legitimate art form and major inspiration for TV and movies.”
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