True Believers Comic Festival

UK and Irish Comic Conventions – Rolling List

Last Updated: 9th November 2018 – thank you to everyone who has supplied information so far

This “rolling list” of major British and Irish comic events is intended as a quick guide, complementing our more detailed events guide on downthetubes.

Please do also check out our Events News and Exhibition News news streams

As ever, information is welcome: if you don’t see your date added to this list, please re-send the information as it’s entirely possible, given the huge amount of email received, that we’ve missed it first time around – sorry!

Please do not assume we will see a convention announcement on Facebook, Twitter or other social media.

Where no date is listed, we have where possible based an event’s dates within the usual month they take place each year.

2018 EVENTS

NOVEMBER

Killie Comic Con 2018
11.00 Saturday 17th November 2018
The Grand Hall, 1 London Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 7AA

Greenock Comic Con 2018
Saturday 24th November 2018
Greenock Town Hall, Cathcart Square, Greenock PA15 1LS

MCM Birmingham
24th – 25th November 2018
NEC, Birmingham
Web: www.mcmcomiccon.com/birmingham

ECAF: Edinburgh Comic Art Festival 2018ECAF: Edinburgh Comic Art Festival 2018
Out of the Blue Drill Hall 6 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG
11.00am – 5,00pm – Sunday 25th November 2018
Part of Book Week Scotland
Web: http://www.comicartfestival.co.uk

DECEMBER 2018

Night at the Museum: Comics Scotland
7.00pm – 10.00pm, Saturday 1st December 2018
Hunterian Museum, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland G12 8QQ
Admission free – but booking required | Visit the website for full details

2019 EVENTS

FEBRUARY 2019

Rutherglen Comic Con
2nd February 2019
Rutherglen Town Hall
Web: https://www.facebook.com/RutherglenComicCon/

True Believers Comic FestivalTrue Believers Comic Festival
2nd February 2019
Jury’s Inn, Cheltenham

Tickets for True Believers 2019 are on sale now, price £6.50 each. Children aged 12 and under will get free entry to the event with a paying adult.

Head to www.oktruebelievers.com/tickets now to get yours!

Ellesmere Port Comic Con 2019
Saturday, 9th February 2019
Civic Hall Ellesmere Port
Web: facebook.com/events/237742263684096

GEEKMANIA South Lincs 2019
23rd February 2019
Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Camel Gate, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 6
Web: facebook.com/events/1927836107236267

Largs Comic Con
23rd February 2019
sportscotland National Centre Inverclyde, Burnside Road, Largs KA30 8RW
Web: facebook.com/events/440821979664356

MARCH 2019

Newport Comic & Gaming Con Part 1 2019
Saturday, 2nd March 2019
Newport Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales
Web: facebook.com/events/2003427679969751

Cardiff Film and Comic Con 2019
9th – 10th March 2019
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Web: www.filmandcomicconcardiff.com

Dublin Comic Con – Spring Edition
9th – 10th March 2019
Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1
Web: www.dublincomiccon.com

Liverpool Comic Con 2019
Friday 8th – 10th March 2019
Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool L3 4FP
Web: liverpoolcc.co.uk

ICE Brighton 2019
9th March 2019
Holiday Inn, King Street, Brighton
Web: https://brightoncomicexpo.wordpress.com

Keighley Comic Con 2019
Sunday 16th March 2019
Victoria Hall, Keighley
Web: www.savagebeastonline.co.uk/keighley | Facebook

Bournemouth Film and Comic Con 2019
16th – 17th March 2019
B.IC., Bournemouth
Web: http://showmastersevents.com/bournemouth

Bath Comic-Con 2019
Saturday 23rd March 2019
Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Somerset BA1 2QH
Web: https://helmtickets.com/events/1830/bath-comic-con-2019 | Facebook

Bath Comc-Con returns for its second year, offering a fresh new line-up of Guests from Film and TV, as well as a new set of artists in the Artists Alley from your favourite Comics. Other attractions & activities will include Memorabilia & Specialist Traders, a Gaming Zone, Movie Props/Vehicles and a Cosplay competition – and a few other surprises!

Dorset Comic Con And Gaming festival 2019
10.00am – 5.00pm Sunday 24th March 2019
Redlands Community Sports Hub
Web: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Facebook

Dunfermline Comic Con 2019

Dunfermline Comic Con 2019
10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 30th March 2019
8 Maygate, KY12 7NH Dunfermline, Fife
Web: facebook.com/events/189115758614739

Medway Comic and Screen Festival
Saturday 30th March
Medway Park
Web: www.zukesmedianetwork.co.uk

South Ribble Comic Con 2019

South Ribble Comic Con 2019
10.00 – 5.00pm Sunday 31st March 2019
South Ribble Tennis & Fitness Centre, Cuerden Way Bamber Bridge, PR5 6BJ
Web: facebook.com/events/254569628737814

APRIL 2019

Edinburgh Comic Con 2019
6 – 7th April 2019
Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

A weekend of madness from the world of film and TV, comic books, gaming, cosplay and much more. Tickets from www.heroconventions.com or Eventbrite

Swansea Comic and Gaming ConventionSwansea Comic and Gaming Convention
6th April 2019
The Guild Hall, Swansea

Tables are now on sale for SCGC2019 for vendors! Due to popular demand we will be expanding SCGC2019 to take over even more of the Guild Hall.

Web: http://scgc.org.uk

Somerset Comicon
Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Cheddon Road, Taunton, Somerset TA2 7QP
10.00am – 4.30pm Sunday 14th April 2019
Web: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Facebook

Manchester Comic Fest 2019Manchester Comic Fest 2019
27th April 2019
Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester M22 5RX
Web: www.facebook.com/manchestercomicfest

MAY 2019

East Kilbride Comic Con 2019
Sunday 4th May 2019
East Kilbride Library
G74 1PG East Kilbride

Web: https://glasgow.carpe-diem.events/calendar/7692688-east-kilbride-comic-con-2019-at-east-kilbride-library/

Portsmouth Comic Con 2019
4th – 5th May 2019
Portsmouth Guildhall

Tickets for Portsmouth Comic Con are on sale now with an Early, Early Bird rate available on all tickets purchased before the end of October 2018 at www.portsmouthcomiccon.com or 0844 847 2362 (calls cost 7p per minute + phone company access charge).

Enniskillen Comic Fest
10th – 11th May 2019
Facebook: https://facebook.com/EnniskillenComicFest/

Oldham Comic Con 3Oldham Comic Con 3
11th May 2019
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham
Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/325271371350982/?ti=ia

Bookbug Week
Various events across Scotland
13th – 19th May 2019

Bookbug Week 2019 is happening between 13-19 May and will celebrate ‘Bookbug’s Big Picnic’. Once again the Scottish Book Trust be celebrating Bookbug across Scotland and encouraging everyone to take part in singing, rhyming and sharing stories together over the whole week. They’ll be inviting all families to take part, whether at their local Bookbug Session or at home with friends or online! A whole host of fun story, song and rhyme activities for children will be taking place in local libraries and community venues with activities advertised on an events search on our website. More info here online

JUNE 2019

Comics Salopia
1st – 2nd June 2019
Mostly free entry

Events will take place in a number of venues including the Castle Grounds, The Museum & Art Gallery, The Dana Prison, The Town Square, Shrewsbury Library and the Guildhall University Building.

Organised by Shane Chebsey,  with support from the local council, businesses and Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, this Festival will raise funds for co-organiser and local councillor Jane Mackenzie’s new charity Share Shrewsbury, which helps people of all ages affected by addiction.

The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, Judge Dredd creator John Wagner and top Marvel Comics artist Christian Ward will all be part of the festival, along with Dan Berry and Lew Stringer. Overseas guests are expected to be announced in early November 2018.

Numerous shops all across town are getting involved, including Button & Bear Children’s Bookshop and magazine publisher Redan are running the event’s Kids Zone at the library.

Web: https://comicssalopia.com

Lancaster Comics Day
2nd June 2019 – To Be Confirmed
Lancaster Library – Venue Dependent
Web: www.lancastercomicsday.uk

Glasgow Comic Con
29th June 2019

Moniaive Comic Festival
June – TBC

Web: http://www.moniaivefestivalvillage.org.uk/events-calendar.html

Glenrothes Comic Con
June – TBC
Web: https://facebook.com/glenrothescomiccon/

Macc Pow 2019
June – TBC
Web: http://www.maccpow.co.uk

ELCAF
Date TBC (Usually June)
Web: http://elcaf.co.uk

JULY 2019

Hamilton Comic Con 2019Hamilton Comic Con
6th July 2019
Hamilton Town Hall, 1 Lower Auchingramont Rd, ML3 6HH Hamilton, South Lanarkshire

Melton Mowbray Comic Con 2019
Saturday 20th July 2019
Pera Business Park, Melton Mowbray
Web: www.savagebeastonline.co.uk/melton

Offering a variety of geeky attractions for a day of family fun and festivities.

London Film and Comic Con 2019
26th – 28th July 2019
London Olympia
Web: www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com

AUGUST 2019

Bournemouth Film and Comic Con 2019
10th – 11th August 2019
Flydsa Arena, Sheffield
Web: http://filmandcomicconsheffield.com

Dublin Comic Con – Summer Edition
9th – 10th August 2019
Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, Dublin 1
Web: www.dublincomiccon.com

Glasgow Film and Comic Con 2019
17th – 18th August 2019
Braehead Arena, Glasgow
Web: www.filmandcomicconglasgow.com

SEPTEMBER 2019

NICE
7th – 8th September 2019
Web: https://nicecon.co.uk | Facebook: https://facebook.com/niceconvention

Omagh Comic Fest 2019
Date TBC
Web: https://facebook.com/OmaghComicFest/

ICE: International Comic Expo
Date TBC
Birmingham
Web: https://internationlcomicexpo.wordpress.com/

Exeter Film and Comic Con 2019
14th – 15th September 2019
Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Web: https://showmastersevents.com/exeter

Thought Bubble Festival
Date TBC (Usually September)
Leeds
Web: https://www.thoughtbubblefestival.com/

NOR-CON 9
Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th September 2019
Norwich Showground Indoor Arena, Norwich NR5 0TT
Web: www.nor-con.co.uk

OCTOBER 2019

Bristol Comics and Zine Fair
Date TBC (Usually early October)
Web: https://bczf.co.uk/

Leamington Comic Con 2019Leamington Comic Con 2019
5th October 2019

Leamington Comic Con returns in 2019. The team have moved back to their old October spot on Saturday 5th October 2019 and we promise to give you more comics and creativity than ever before!

They team have been busy behind the scenes and confirmed a number of awesome mainstream comics guests already, which they’ll be announcing over the coming weeks and months.

Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/271848377002793/?ti=icl

Lakes International Comics Art Festival 2019Lakes International Comics Art Festival 2019
11th – 13th October 2018
Kendal

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• More about the Festival at www.comicartfestival.com
Web: www.comicartfestival.com

Nottingham Comic Convention
Date TBC (Usually October)
Web: www.nottinghamcomiccon.co.uk

NOVEMBER 2019

ECAF: Edinburgh Comic Art Festival 2018
Edinburgh
Date TBC (November) – Part of Book Week Scotland
Web: http://www.comicartfestival.co.uk

2020 EVENTS

Cardiff Independent Comic Expo
Date TBC
Cardiff
Web: https://ciceevents.wordpress.com

True Believers Comic Festival: Summer Variant Edition
Date TBC

Comics Events on the Web – Sources

downthetubes Event Guide | Events News | Exhibition News

• The Convention Collective: http://theconventioncollective.com

• Comic Conventions UK – www.comicconventions.co.uk

Facebook – Real Comic Conventions We Love

Comic and Film Fairs hosted by Golden Orbit – Facebook Listing

MSE Comic Conventions Listing on Facebook

Comics and other events hosted by Savage Beast – Facebook Listing

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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