10 Days to Mancster Con 2015, celebrating indie sequential art in the North West

Mancstercon 2015

 

There are just ten days to go to MancsterCon 2015 on 29th August 2015, which will be held at the University of Salford Media City campus. Featured guests include Adam Cadwell, creator of Blood Blokes and Lydia Wysocki, creator of the Newcastle Science Comic, among others.

MancsterCon is a Manchester based weekend bonanza of sequential art where writers, artists, animators, otaku, cosplayers and any other creative/geek subculture we aren’t cool enough to quite remember can come along, sell and swap their wares, hear some talks on all things comics related and generally have a good time.

The event has been going since 2013; as well as conventions, we organised Cosplay events, animation festivals and other sequential art related goodness.

The event boast an impressive range of  exhibitors including comics writer James Cavanagh, the writer of Native Lands, a science fiction series set in the distant future; comic illustrator and animation graduate Lisa Cummins, who’s currently working on a webcomic, Madam Butterscotch;  zine maker and illustrator student Saffa KhanAndrew Tunney, creator of GIRL&BOY;  Tom Ward, creator of Merrick: The Elephant Man; and many, many more.

Table of Events (with more to come!)

11:00 

Adam Cadwell, creator of Blood Blokes and founder of the British Comics Awards, speaks about his work and experience in the world of comics.

11:30

So you want to get into Comics? – A panel led by some of the best new talents in the UK comics scene on how to succeed as an independent comics creator.

12:30

Applied Comics and Beyond – Lydia Wysocki, creator of the Newcastle Science Comic, discusses her work in leading cross-collaborative and intersectional projects

13:00

Dr David Huxley from the Manchester School of Art will be giving a talk on the impact of fan culture on the evolution of the British Comics Scene.

13:30

Irony in Fantasy – panel featuring independent fantasy writers on how they use the subversion of tropes within their genre.

14:00

Cosplay Armour workshop led by the fabulous Pipa Wolf, award winning costume designer and Cosplay Model par excellence.

16:30

Last of the events is the Cosplay Catwalk, this year sponsored by SuperByte Festival – enter under any category or none and show off your outfits. Prizes to be won.

Throughout the day there will also be holding Lightning talks and Cosplay Sketch-offs – so keep your ears peeled for shout outs and announcements.

• Web: https://mancstercon.wordpress.com |  Follow the vent on Twitter @MancsterCon

• Tickets for MancsterCon 2015 are available to buy here and will get you a goodie bag and access to the after party

• If you’d like to join the collective or find out more, get in touch by email to mancstercon@gmail.com

 

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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