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Sunderland Comic Con launches in August

Sha Nazir of Black Hearted Press, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot, Dr. Mel Gibson and Jessica Regnart of Sunderland Live at the launch event for Sunderland Comic Con earlier today. Photo: Sunderland Comic Con.

Sha Nazir of Black Hearted Press, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot, Dr. Mel Gibson and Jessica Regnart of Sunderland Live at the launch event for Sunderland Comic Con earlier today. Photo: Sunderland Comic Con.

The first Sunderland Comic Con, the North East Comic Book Festival will take place on 9th – 10th August 2014. This new event, taking place at Sunderland Software Centre, will see comic book writers, artists and creators attend from all over Britain, making the North East the focus for comic books, whilst it is expected that many fans will attend from across the region and beyond.

The event is being produced in partnership between Sunderland Live and Black Hearted Press, who already produce the popular Glasgow Comic Con which sees over 2000 visitors attend.

“It’s incredible for us to be having an event like this in my back yard,” enthused award-winning graphic novel creator and one of the event patrons Bryan Talbot at the launch event, “not only bringing internationally famous comic writers and artists to Sunderland but also shining a light on the many new talented creators in the area.”

Jessica Regnart, Creative Development Manager at Sunderland Live added: “It’s fantastic to have such a creative and unique event come to Sunderland”

“We’re delighted to be working with Black Hearted Press to bring this event to the region for the first time and we are expecting it to be really popular.”

Black Hearted Press have already made waves in Scotland by producing Glasgow’s Comic Con, Scotland’s number one comic book festival.

“We have established Glasgow Comic Con as the top comic book event in Scotland and one of the top five in the UK,” said a spokesperson for the company, “focussing on the creators of comic books and the art and literature they create.

“Our ethos is simple – to develop and enhance readers’ experience with the event and we hope to bring colour, fun and a new date in the diary for Sunderland’s cultural ambassadors”.

sunderland-comic-con-2014Further to the many talks, panels, signings and sketches that will take place, some of the UK’s leading independent comic book publishers will be on hand, including a host of small press exhibitors, comic book shops, toy shops and many more exhibitors, as well as the always popular COSPLAY competitions and photo opportunities.

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About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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