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.

• For more information visit www.SunderlandComicCon.com

• Facebook: www.facebook.com/sunderlandcomiccon

• Or www.SunderlandLive.co.uk

• Black Hearted Comics: www.BHPcomics.com

About John Freeman

Editor, writer, curmudgeon and founder of downthetubes, John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting at Marvel UK as the designer, then editor of Doctor Who Magazine. He worked on the Marvel's "Genesis 1992" books with Paul Neary, which included Death's Head II and Warheads; has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; has run the Lancaster Literature Festival; created a virtual 3D chat world for VZones; been Managing Editor at Titan Magazines, editing titles such as Star Trek Magazine, Star Wars Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine; edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War; currently works for audio comics publisher ROK Comics as an editor and writer; and is also writing "Crucible" as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and "Death Duty" with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.