Game Mania returns to Blackpool in May (with some added comics goodness)

Game Mania 2017

This year’s Game Mania takes place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on 6th and 7th May 2017.

A Gaming Event full of Retro Games, Virtual Reality, Kids Zone, Pinball, Arcades, Developers. Tournaments and Challenges – with prizes to be won, including five prizes from Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, including signed prints from artists on Hellboy, The Walking Dead and more!

The LICAF team will be at the event to promote this year’s Festival.

Game Mania will be offering things for all ages, from back in the day Classic Arcades and Pinball to modern day gaming and also technology. Things such as Minecraft will be one of the many areas of the event, which will enable many crafters to come along and let their imaginary run wild. There’s also a timed competition for Minecrafters including prizes.

GAME will be attending with their awesome Virtual Reality Mega zone – don’t play the game, be in the game, experience the thrill and the rush of games such as resident evil kitchen (age restrictions), shark encounter, Star Wars and more.

Esdevium Games will also be on hand with the hottest board games, fresh out of the box, can you beat your friends and family!

There will also be the chance to play Hyper Sentinel, the Kickstarter-funded, retro-on-steroids arcade shoot ’em up, and chat with the developers.

Do you remember the sweet sound of the Sega Mega Drive turning on or the sweet feeling when you beat someone at Street Fighter 2? Well, now you can relive those amazing childhood memories for a gorgeous price for either one day or a full weekend.

The price of the tickets range start from £9.95, Student £11.95 and this will allow you to have full access to everything that is going on in this event – everything is free!

Game Mania will be open from 10.00am online and store bought tickets, to 6.00pm, 11.00am cash on door tickets, so a day full weekend of fun awaits!

• For more info or to purchase tickets for this event go to www.game-mania.co.uk

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, 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 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. 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.

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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