Comics Salopia Festival icon, Charlie the ape, this illustration by Charlie Adlard and Dan Berry

UK and Irish Comic Conventions – Rolling List

This is the downthetubes  “rolling list” of major British and Irish comic events, intended as a quick guide to “What’s On”. Follow the links to event web sites for fuller details.

Last Updated: Saturday 20th May 2019. Thank you to everyone who has supplied information so far

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

As ever, information is welcome: here’s how to contact us. 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.

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2019 EVENTS

MAY 2019

Lawless 2019 BannerLawless 2019
Saturday 18th May
Doubletree by Hilton, Bristol
Web: lawlesscomiccon.co.uk

Lawless Comic Convention is a British based not for profit comic convention organised by fans and for fans. Following the sad passing of Carlos Ezquerra in September 2018, the Lawless team have been working closely with Dredd creator John Wagner to dedicate the  convention to the Spanish artist.

They’ll have interviews with fellow creators who worked with Carlos and a dedicated Exhibition showcasing his extensive career through the decades, with original rare art on display.

BGCP Loch Lomond
18th – 19th  May 2019
Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch, G83 8QL
Web: www.bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Buy Tickets

Yorkshire Cosplay Con 2019
Sheffield Arena
Web: www.yorkshirecosplayconvention.co.uk

MCM Comic Expo London
24th-25th May 2019
Excel Centre, London
Web: www.mcmcomiccon.com/london

BGCP Stirling
25th May 2019
Stirling County Rugby Football Club, Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Rd, Stirling FK9 5A
Web: www.bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Tickets

A Splendid Day Out - SteamageddonA Splendid Day Out – Steamageddon
31st May – 2nd June 2019
The Platform, Station Buildings, Marine Road Central, Morecambe LA4 4DB
Web and tickets: www.asplendiddayout.com | Facebook event page

Guests include international science fiction/ steampunk writer Joseph Remesar and author Rosie Garland.

Comic Book Superheroes
Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2019
Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Branton, Doncaster DN4 6TB
Email: info@yorkshirewildlifepark.com | Event Page | Booking Page | Web: www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com

JUNE 2019

Comics Salopia Festival icon, Charlie the ape, this illustration by Charlie Adlard and Dan Berry
Comics Salopia Festival icon, Charlie the ape, this illustration by Charlie Adlard and Dan Berry

Comics Salopia
1st – 2nd June 2019
Mostly free entry
Web: comicssalopia.com | Facebook

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

Comic Con Manchester
1st – 2nd June 2019
Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Road, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1SN
Web: www.comicconventionmanchester.co.uk

Leeds Unleashed
2nd June 2019
Leeds Marriott Hotel
Facebook

ELCAF 2019ELCAF 2019
7th – 9th June 2019
Round Chapel, 1d Glenarm Road, London, E5 0LY and School Rooms, 2 Powerscroft Rd, E5 0PU
Web: http://elcaf.co.uk

BGCP Rothes Comic Con
8th June 2019
Michael Woods Sports & Leisure Centre, Viewfield Road, Glenrothes, KY6 2RD
Web: www.bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Buy Tickets | Facebook

Milton Keynes Film and Comic Con
Sunday 9th June 2019 – 11am – 4pm
Milton Keynes Theatre, MK9 3NZ
Web: www.centralexhibitions.co.uk/mk-film-and-comic-con/mk-film-and-comic-con/

CANCELLED Scunthorpe Comic Con 2019 –  16th June
Macc Pow 2019

Macc Pow 2019
Saturday 22nd June 2019
Web: http://www.maccpow.co.uk

Glasgow Comic Con 2019
Saturday 29th June, 2019 | 10.00am – 6.00pm
Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY
Website: www.glasgowcomiccon.com | Buy Tickets
Twitter: @glasgowcomiccon | Facebook: glasgowcomiccon

Firmly focused on comics, Glasgow Comic Con returns for its ninth year. Meet your favourite creators, browse more than 150 exhibitors and enjoy a packed programme of panels, hosted by top comic critics and podcasters.

For families, the interactive Kids Zone returns. Youngsters can learn how to draw their favourite characters and even make their own superhero outfits. Cosplay is welcome – and encouraged – as the day rounds off with a child-friendly masquerade.

Special guests for this year include Chip Zdarsky and Frank Quitely.

Comic Con World – Blackpool
29th – 30th June 2019, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Web: www.comicconworld.co.uk | Facebook

Announced comics guests: Beano artist Nigel Parkinson

CANCELLED: Lancaster Comics Day
After discussion with the Friends of Lancaster Library, owing to funding challenges Lancaster Comics Day will not take place in June 2019. Discussions are taking place for a different form of the event.
Web: www.lancastercomicsday.uk

CANCELLED Moniaive Comic Festival
Moniave, Scotland

We’ve been informed by co-organiser Sue Grant that there won’t be a Moniaive comic Festival in June.

JULY 2019

Salisbury Geekmania
Saturday 6th July 2019
City Hall, Salisbury
Details on Facebook

Yor-Kon 2019 York Comic Con Toy and Collector Festival
Saturday 6th July
York City Centre – Parliament Street
Details here on Facebook

Hamilton Comic Con 2019BGCP Hamilton Comic Con
6th July 2019
10.00am – 4.00pm Hamilton Town Hall, 1 Lower Auchingramont Rd, ML3 6HH Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
Web: www.bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Buy Tickets

Humber Unleashed 8
Sunday 7th July 2019
Best Western Willerby Manor Hotel, Well Lane, Willerby, Kingston upon Hull HU10 6ER
Details here on Facebook

BGCP Dunoon
13th July 2019
11.00am – 5.00pm Queens Hall, Dunoon, PA23 7HH
Web: www.bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Buy Tickets

St Albans Comic-Con 2019
10.00 – 4.30pm 14th July 2019
The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, AL1 3LD
Web: www.creedconventions.com/st-albans-comic-con | Book Tickets

BGCP Glasgow
20th July 2019
11.00am – 5.00pm The Forge Shopping Centre, 1221 Gallowgate, G31 4EB
Web: www.bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Admission Free – Details Here

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

BGCP Stirling
27th July 2019
Stirling County Rugby Football Club, Bridgehaugh Park, Causewayhead Rd, Stirling FK9 5A
Web: www.bigglasgowcomicpage.com

AUGUST 2019

Cornwall Comic Con and Gaming Festival
10.00am – 4.30pm Sunday 4th August 2019
Lynher Building and Fal building Truro College
Facebook Event Page | Book Tickets

The Cornwall Comic and Gaming Festival is a family friendly event with traders, props, guest signers, film cars and bikes, gaming from table top to retro consoles to try, cosplayers and professional costumers groups, cosplay competition (UKCGF championships run all year at events they organise with a final). Something for all ages – follow the Facebook event page for updates.

Tickets are only available on the day if capacity allows and are then £9 age 14 and over, 6-13 years £5 and under 6s go free. Advance tickets advised to ensure no disappointment

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 | Twitter | Facebook

Meet a host of Comic creators, international cosplayers, SFX Industry pros, artists, fans and professionals all coming together for a weekend of talks, workshops, demos, interactive activities and all around great family fun with some amazing guests, panels, cosplay and more.

Worcester Comics Festival 2019Worcester Comics Festival 2019
Saturday 17th August
Web: www.worcesterartsworkshop.org.ukMore details on Facebook

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

Preston Comic Con 2019Preston Comic Con 2019
Saturday 31st August 2019
The Guild Hall, Preston
Facebook: Prestoncomiccon😐 Facebook Event Page | Buy Tickets

Returning to Preston Guild Hall, once again the team will be bringing actors from TV and Film, Props, Artists and much much more.

Warped Con 2019Warped Con 2019
31st August – 1st September
Doncaster Race Course
Web: warpedcon.com

Comics guests have yet to be announced by media guest include Star Trek‘s Tim Russ and Doctor Who‘s Sophie Aldred and Sylvester McCoy

ICE: International Comic Expo Birmingham 2019ICE: International Comic Expo Birmingham 2019
31st August 2019
Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham
Web: https://internationlcomicexpo.wordpress.com/

SEPTEMBER 2019

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

Aylesbury Geeky-Con XL
Saturday, 21st September 2019
Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP21 9PP
More info on Facebook

Aylesbury Geeky-Con XL is back for its third year, with a host of new guests with displays of film and tv, props, merchandise, gaming, cosplay, comic artists, and much much more – with a few surprises along the way.

Coastal Comic Con, Bournemouth 2019
Saturday, 28 September 2019
The Royal Bath Hotel, Bath Road, Bournemouth BH1 2EW
More information on Facebook

Coastal Comic Con is a community driven celebration of pop culture, coming to Bournemouth in 2019. From comics to cosplay, gaming, film and television, there’s something for everyone – a fantastic, fun-filled day that the whole family can enjoy.

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

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

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

Wyntercon VI
Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th September 2019
Eastbourne Sports Park
Web: www.wyntercon.org

Wyntercon is a not-for-profit CIO – a charitable incorporated organisation. They support and encourage those from underprivileged backgrounds to thrive within the creative sector and be part of their local community. The team are passionate about providing a platform for people to discover their skills and passions by giving them the confidence through the worlds of sci-fi & fantasy.

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

Thought Bubble 2019 - Banner SNIPThought Bubble Festival 2019
Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate
9th-10th November 2019
Web: www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

Thought Bubble has announced major changes for its Festival later this year, moving the event from Leeds to Harrogate – a Yorkshire spa town famous for Betty’s Tea Rooms and RHS Harlow Carr Gardens.

Guests include:  Charlie AdlardChooDongLee GarbettKieron GillenJockMildred Louis, Mick McMahon, Jamie Mckelvie, Megan Nicole, Rosemary Valero-O’ConnellPernille ØrumJillian TamakiSpike Trotman, John Wagner, Kyle T. Webster and Matt Wilson

BGCP Kilmarnock
16th November 2019
10.00 – 5.00pm The Grand Hall, 1 London Road, Kilmarnock, KA3 7AA
Web: www.bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Tickets

ECAF: Edinburgh Comic Art Festival 2019
Edinburgh
Date TBC (November) – Part of Book Week Scotland
Web: http://www.comicartfestival.co.uk

2020 EVENTS

True Believers Comic Festival 2020
Saturday 1st February 2020
Jury’s Inn, Cheltenham

Head to www.oktruebelievers.com for the latest news

MARCH 2020

Cardiff Film and Comic Con 2020
Usually March
Web: www.filmandcomicconcardiff.com

Dublin Comic Con – Spring Edition
Usually March
Web: www.dublincomiccon.com | Twitter | Facebook

Meet a host of Comic creators, international cosplayers, SFX Industry pros, artists, fans and professionals all coming together for a weekend of talks, workshops, demos, interactive activities and all around great family fun with some amazing guests, panels, cosplay and more.

Liverpool Comic Con 2019
Usually March
Web: liverpoolcc.co.uk

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

ICE Brighton 2020
Usually March
Web: https://brightoncomicexpo.wordpress.com

London Book Fair 2020
Usually March
Web: www.londonbookfair.co.uk

Yes – we know this isn’t, technically, a comic convention – but many publishers will be at this event.

Carlisle Comic Con 2020
Usually March
More details here on Facebook

Bath Comic-Con 2020
Usually March – Facebook

Dunfermline Comic Con 2020
Usually Late March
Web: facebook.com/events/189115758614739

Medway Comic and Screen Festival 2020
Usually late March
Medway Park
Web: www.zukesmedianetwork.co.uk

South Ribble Comic Con 2020
Usually Late March
Web: facebook.com/events/254569628737814

APRIL 2020

Edinburgh Comic Con 2020
Usually early April

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

Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention 2020
Usually early April
Web: http://scgc.org.uk

Somerset Comicon 2020
Usually mid April
Web: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Facebook

Stoke Con Trent 2020
Usually mid April

Dee-Con 2020
Usually mid April
DeeCon is Dundee’s biggest event covering anime, comics, gaming, and cosplay.

Morecambe Comic Con 2020
Usually late April
The Platform, Station Buildings, Marine Road Central, Morecambe LA4 4DB
Facebook: morecambecomiccon

Manchester Comic Fest 2020
Usually late April

MAY 2020

Free Comic Book Day – 2nd May 2020
For details of events in your local comic shop visit www.freecomicbookday.com
Search for participating stores outside the United States at www.freecomicbookday.com/StoreLocator?StartIntl

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event founded on the belief that for every person out there, there’s a comic book they’ll love. Every year, on the first Saturday in May, the industry comes together to give away free comics and encourage fans, both old and new, to flock to the best place in the comic book community: local comic shops. These are the hubs of our community, where fans can come together and discover new comics, make lifelong friends, and find a sense of commonality.

Major US publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, and Image Comics – and the UK’s 2000AD and Titan Comics, too – put out free comics for fans to enjoy at the more than 2,300 local comic shops that participate in Free Comic Book Day.

The diverse range of titles available each year proves that there’s truly a book for everyone: from superheroes, to popular film and television shows, to beloved video games, and all-ages tales. Popular series available in the past include Pokemon, Doctor Who, SpongeBob, Riverdale, Overwatch and Star Wars 

Graphic Brighton Symposium
Usually May
University of Brighton City Campus, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY
Web: graphicbrighton.wordpress.com

There will be an eventbrite sign up for workshops closer to the date, once the schedule for the two days is finalised

BGCP East Kilbride Comic Con 2019
Usually May
Web: www.bigglasgowcomicpage.com

Portsmouth Comic Con 2019
2nd – 3rd May 2020
Portsmouth Guildhall
Web: www.portsmouthcomiccon.com

Enniskillen Comic Fest 2020
Usually May
Facebook: https://facebook.com/EnniskillenComicFest

Oldham Comic Con 4
Usually May

Bookbug Week
Various events across Scotland – Usually May – More info here online

BGCP Comic Con: Ayr
Usually May
Citadel, Ayr
Web: www.bigglasgowcomicpage.com

june 2020

Moniaive Comic Festival
Usually June – note the 2019 event was cancelled
Moniave, Scotland

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

NWCC Events Group on Facebook – North West-based comics events

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