UK and Irish Comic Conventions – Rolling List

Last Updated: Wednesday 28th April 2021

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.

COVID-19 impacted events in the UK, and internationally, throughout 2020 and continues to do so in 2021. Some postponed comic events have yet to announce new dates, simply because of continued uncertainty caused by the Pandemic, with the road map out of Lockdown still not definite despite the announcement of “key dates”.

Some organisers have not made a decision about their plans, even though any mass gatherings cannot happen in the UK until mid-June at the earliest. We have noted the ‘UNLIKELY” events in the absence of communication from event organisers or updates to their event pages..

Those organisations that have announced dates for late 2021 are emphasising they will proceed only subject to restrictions and will be enforcing any social distancing measures still in place. It is highly possible that mask wearing, for example, may still be requested.

Why are events still being cancelled?

Most major events plan ahead and commit to their dates, because of upfront organisational costs, as much as eight to six months in advance – for example, paying for international flights and making group accommodation bookings for planned guests.

Because of this, it’s very likely we will see the continued cancellation of events, so as we always do, please follow the links for the latest information about plans for your preferred events.

Organisers are responding to government guidance that sometimes is decided very late as far as any advance planning is concerned and, in turn, governments are responding to events as they happen, not in six months time.

Responsible event organisers are very conscious of fan concerns about safety and will endeavour to keep them informed.

I have retained listed BGCP events for now, but the site has not been updated for several months

The UK NHS has a page here with details of latest information on the coronavirus, COVID-19, and the UK government’s response to the emergency is here, with links to other information.

For worldwide information on COVID-19 check the World Health Organisation Page

Thank you to everyone who has supplied information and apologies if I haven’t added your event yet. Please do also check out our Events News and Exhibition News news streams

Information is very welcome!

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!

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Also, if you’re going to send events information, check the links in your mail actually work… I’ve had more than one organiser who’s sent me information with dead web links in the past.

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.

If you’re looking for hotel accommodation near your comics event, why not give Booking.com a try? (affiliate link)

2021

MAY 2021

VIRTUAL Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention 2021
1st May 2021
Web: http://scgc.org.uk

Independently run convention focusing on Comics and Gaming, seeking to promote local artists and vendors as well as those from further afield. Guests who attend come from the comic book, video game and tabletop gaming industries.

UNLIKELY East Kilbride Comic Con – BGCP Comic Con 2021
Sunday 1st May 2021
East Kilbride Library, 40 The Olympia Mall, G74 1PG
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com/product/east-kilbride-comic-con-bgcp-comic-con
BGCP events on Facebook – list

UNLIKELY Loch Lomond Spring Comic Con – BGCP Comic Con 2021
Saturday 8th May 2021
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

UNLIKELY Shawlands Spring Comic Con – BGCP Comic Con 2021
Saturday 8th May 2021
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

VIRTUAL Lawless: The Bunker – 2021
Saturday 15th May 2021
Web: lawlesscomiccon.co.uk | Facebook | YouTube

Lawless Comic Convention is a British based not for profit comic convention organised by fans and for fans. The event will be virtual in 2021

PROVISIONAL London Comic Mart
Sunday 23rd May 2021
11.00am – 4.00pm
The Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, London
Free Entry from 12 noon
Early Entry Price: £5 from 11 am – 12 noon
Web: http://londoncomicmart.co.uk

NB The organisers of the Mart state: “Monitoring the ongoing situation of the COVID-19 virus, that is rapidly moving day to day, we have decided to postpone the London Comic Mart/ London Pop Market that was due to take place on 7th February. At this moment in time we are working towards our next mart taking place on 23rd May 2021 pending developments in the coming weeks. Stay safe, and ensure you follow all recommended advice at this time.

JUNE 2021

Ayr Comic Con – BGCP Comic Con 2021
Saturday 5th June 2021
Ayr Citadel Leisure Centre, South Harbour St, KA7 1JB
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

Collectormania Milton Keynes 2021
Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th June 2021
Planet Ice Milton Keynes
Organised by Showmasters | Showmasters events on EventBrite
Book tickets here

South West Comic Con and Gaming Festival 2021
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
10.00am – 4.30pm Sunday 13th June 2021
Royal Bath & West Showgrounds, The Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 4
Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

South West Comic Con And Gaming Festival 2021
Sunday 13th June 2021
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Moose Events on Facebook – List

VIRTUAL Glasgow Comic Con 2021
Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th June 2021
Website: www.glasgowcomiccon.com
Twitter: @glasgowcomiccon | Facebook: glasgowcomiccon

Bathgate Comic Con – BGCP Comic Con 2021
Saturday 26th June 2021 – Reconnect Regal Theatre
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

Leeds Unleashed Comic-Con 2021
Sunday 27th June 2021
Queen’s Park Sports Centre
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk | Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

VIRTUAL London Book Fair 2021
29th June – 1st July 2021
Olympia, London
Web: www.londonbookfair.co.uk

Yes – we know this isn’t, technically, a comic convention – but many publishers will be at this event. This event was sadly cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak

JULY 2021

Brighton Comic Con and Gaming Festival 2021
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
10.00am – 4.30pm, 3rd July 2021
Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road
Facebook Event Page | Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com

Comic Con World Blackpool 2021
3rd – 4th July 2021
Web: www.comicconworld.co.uk | Facebook

Durham Comic-Con 2021
Sunday 4th July 2021
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Sunderland Comic-Con 2021
Sunday 4th July 2021
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

BGCP Stirling 2021
10.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 17th July 2021
Web: www.bigglasgowcomicpage.com
BGCP events on Facebook – list

Newscastle Unleashed Comic-Con 2021
Sunday 18th July 2021
Newcastle United Stadium
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

St Albans Comic-Con 2021
10.00 – 4.30pm Sunday 18th July
Westminster Lodge Centre, St. Albans
Web: www.creedconventions.com/st-albans-comic-con

St Albans Comic-Con 2021
Sunday 18th July 2021
Web: www.creedconventions.com/st-albans-comic-con

Doncaster Unleashed Comic-Con 2021
Sunday 25th July 2021
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk | Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

London Film and Comic Con 2021
23rd – 25th July 201
London Olympia
Web: www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com | Book Tickets

BGCP Dunoon 2021
Saturday 31st July 2021
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

EVENTS AWAITING DATES – USUALLY JULY

ELCAF 2021 – Tenth Anniversary
Usually early July
East London
Web: http://elcaf.co.uk
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ELCAF showcases the very best in contemporary comics and sequential illustration, and its exhibitor selection is based on artists and publishers creating high quality works within these fields.

ELCAF has been running virtual events throughout the Pandemic and is engaged in numerous other comic-related activities through the year

Preston Comic Con 2021
Usually early July
Web: www.wonkyrocketevents.co.uk | Facebook: Prestoncomiccon

Small Press Day 2021
Usually mid July
Web: smallpressday.co.uk | 2019 Events Listing (2020 was online only)

Events around the UK in local comic shops and other venues, promoting independent comic press and micro publishers.

In 2016 an idea born on Twitter led to a series of nationwide events in a matter of weeks. The inaugural Small Press Day – a celebratory event designed to spotlight the possibilities of small press publishing and to introduce its practitioners to the far wider audience they deserve – proved to be a phenomenal success. No less than 25 events championing the small press were held across the UK and Ireland on the same day in July – including shop signings, fairs, panels and workshops – resulting in #SmallPressDay to trend throughout.

Building on this trend, hundreds and hundreds joined in for Small Press Day 2017 and Small Press Day 2018 and met with the next generation of superstar comic creators, zine makers, and DIY micro publishers.

Comic Con Manchester 2021
July or August 2021
BEC Arena, Manchester
Web: www.comicconventionmanchester.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

The team had everything in place for Comic Con Manchester to take place in July or August 2020, and a huge world exclusive headline guest. They decided to completely postpone Comic Con Manchester to 2021, not wanting to saturate their own market and having three conventions of their own in Manchester in the same venue within two months of each other. The headline guest they have for this event is also more comfortable to appear in 2021 so stay tuned.

AUGUST 2021

Cornwall Comic Con and Gaming Festival Summer 2021
Sunday 1st August 2021
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Facebook Events Page for UK Comiccon and Gaming Festivals

Wigan Comic Con 2021 (NWCC Events)
Saturday 7th August 2021
Robin Park Leisure Centre
Details on Facebook
Organised by NWCC Events

Inverurie Comic Con 2021
Saturday 7th August 2021
Inverurie Town Hall
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

York Unleashed 2021
Sunday 8th August
York Races, Racecourse Road, York YO23 1EX
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Free Comic Book Day 2021

Free Comic Book Day 2021
Saturday 14th August 2021
Alway first day in May – unless derailed by Pandemics
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

With Free Comic Book Day postponed, comic creators Neo Edmund and Russell Nohelty hosted an alt free comic day over 1st and 2nd May 2020, filled with free digital books, tons of awesome panels, and great creators. Offering 14 hours of live streaming you can sign up to hear about the next event and watch a replay here.

The main stage panels were live streamed to Russell’s web site, along with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Twitch. Attendees could interact with the panels of guests through the live video stream and comment feed. They asked hundreds of questions that were answered live on the air.

Dublin Comic Con – Summer Edition 2021
14th – 15th August 2021
Liberty Hall, Dublin
Web: www.dublincomiccon.com | Twitter | Facebook

Glasgow Film and Comic Con 2021
14th – 15th August 2021
Braehead Arena, Glasgow
Web: www.filmandcomicconglasgow.com

Perth Comic Con 2021 – BGCP Event
Saturday 28th August 2021
Dewars Centre
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

SEPTEMBER 2021

Collectormania 27: Film & Comic Con Birmingham
Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th September 2021
National Exhibition Centre (NEC) – Birmingham
Organised by Showmasters | Showmasters events on EventBrite
Book tickets here

Bristol Comic Con and Gaming Festival 2021
Sunday 5th September 2021
Ashton Gate Stadium
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Facebook Events Page for UK Comiccon and Gaming Festivals

ICE: International Comic Expo Birmingham 2021
Saturday 11th September 2021
Edgbaston Stadium
Web: https://internationlcomicexpo.wordpress.com | For the latest news visit Facebook or follow ICE on Twitter

London Brick Festival 2
Sunday 12th September 2021
Royal National Hotel, 38-51 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0DG
Book tickets here

NOR-CON 2021
Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th September 2021
Norfolk Showground Indoor Arena, Norwich NR5 0TT
Web: www.nor-con.co.uk

NOR-CON has previously attracted up to 8,000 visitors. NOR-CON was voted one of the top 10 Comic Cons in the UK by The List, the guide to arts and entertainment in the UK.

Bath Comic-Con 2021
26th September 2021
Bath Assembly Rooms, Bath, Somerset BA1 2QH
Facebook | Tickets

Sheffield Comic-Con 2021
Sunday 26th September 2021
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk
Hosted by Unleashed Events

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED – USUALLY SEPTEMBER

NICE 2021
Usually September
Web: https://nicecon.co.uk | Facebook: https://facebook.com/niceconvention

Organiser Jeff Chal announced in January 2021 that plans were being drafted for this to go ahead, date not revealed.

OCTOBER 2021

Devon Comic Con and Gaming Festival 2021
Sunday 2nd October 2021
Exeter Westpoint
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Facebook Events Page for UK Comiccon and Gaming Festivals

Galashiels Comic Con – BGCP Comic Con 2021
Saturday 2nd October 2021
Volunteer Hall
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

Northwich Comic Con 2021
11.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 2nd October 2021
Moemorial Court, Northwich
Facebook

Teeside Unleashed Comic-Con 2021
Sunday 3rd October 2021
The Hub – Teeside University
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Comic Con Scotland 2021
9th – 10th October 2021
Web: www.comicconventionscotland.co.uk

Comic Con Scotland heads to the Royal Highland Centre in October – brought to you by the Monopoly Events team.

Leeds Unleashed 2021
Sunday 10th October 2021
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Stoke CON Trent 2021
Sunday 10th October 2021
Web: stokecontrent.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter

Stoke CON Trent is Staffordshire’s Biggest TV, Film, Comic and Memorabilia Convention.

Oban Comic Con – BGCP Comic Con 2021
Saturday 16th October 2021
The Corran Halls
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

Chesterfield Unleashed Comic-Con 2021
Sunday 17th October 2021
Queen’s Park Sports Centre
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk | Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 2021

Lakes International Comics Art Festival 2021
15th – 17th October 2021
Kendal
Confirmation this event in a physical form will go ahead will be made in May 2021

Announced guests for October 2021 in Kendal so far, in alphabetical order, are Yomi Ayeni, Sayra Begum, Chris Condon, Hugleikur Dagsson, Nicola Jennings, Michael Lark, Jeff Lemire (now making a virtual appearance due to COVID-shifted work schedules), Lou McKeever (aka BlueLou), Albert Luba Ntolila, Sean Phillips, Martin Rowson, Rachael Smith, Jack Teagle, Clarice Tudor, and Steve Yeowell

If you are looking for accommodation over the weekend, then here are some starting points: the “Explore South Lakeland” web site | AirBnB (8th – 12th October 2020 Search Results) |It’s also worth looking further afield and, perhaps coming into town by public transport or car. Here’s some information via TripAdvisor

Want to receive news about the Lakes International Comic Art Festival? Then sign up for the newsletter now | More about the Festival at www.comicartfestival.com

MCM Comic Expo London 2021
22nd – 24th October 2021
ExCel, London
Web: www.mcmcomiccon.com/london

Gateshead Unleashed Comic-Con 2021
Sunday 31st October 2021
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk | Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Wyntercon 2021
30th – 31st October 2021
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

DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED – USUALLY OCTOBER

Leamington Comic Con 2021
Usually early October

If you’re passionate about comics, creativity and community, support this independently run convention!

NOVEMBER 2021

Plymouth Comic Con and Gaming Festival 2021
Sunday 7th November 2021
Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Facebook Events Page for UK Comiccon and Gaming Festivals

Aberdeen Comic Con – BGCP Comic Con 2021
Saturday 13th November
Aberdeen
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

Cornwall Comic Con and Gaming Festival 2021
Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th November 2021
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Facebook Events Page for UK Comiccon and Gaming Festivals

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!

Liverpool Comic Con 2021
13th – 14th November 2021
Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Web: www.comicconventionliverpool.co.uk

MCM Comic Expo Birmingham 2021
13th – 14th November 2021

Thought Bubble Festival 2021

Thought Bubble Festival 2021
13th – 14th November 2021 | Web www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

Whitby Unleashed Comic-Con 2021
Sunday 21st November 2021
Whitby Pavillion
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Reading Comic Con 2021
27th – 28th November 2021
Rivermead Leisure Centre Complex, Reading
Tickets | Facebook | Twitter

DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED – USUALLY NOVEMBER

Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate
Usually mid-November
Web: www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

DECEMBER 2021

Catford Comic and Zine Fair 2021
Usually early December
Web: millertown.co.uk | Twitter

Dublin Christmas Market 2021
Usually mid December
Web: www.dublincomicarts.ie | Twitter

The Dublin Comic Arts Festival is an ongoing series of quarterly small press comic book events in Dublin. The event features a massive line up of small press creators and publishers, plus artists

2022

FEBRUARY 2022

True Believers Comic Festival 2022
Saturday 5th February 2022
Jurys Inn, Cheltenham
Head to www.oktruebelievers.com for the latest news | Sign up for the Troobs Newsletter |
Haunted Nerds Podcast | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Rutherglen Comic Con – BGCP Comic Con 2022
Saturday 5th February 2022
Rutherglen
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

York Winter Comic-Con 2022
Sunday 13th February 2022
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Cumbernauld Comic Con – BGCP Comic Con 2022
Saturday 26th February 2022
Cumbernauld
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED

Somerset Comic Con and Gaming Festival 2022
Usually early February
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
Facebook Event Page | Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com

A UK based, 100% independently run comic convention event, that puts its focus squarely on comic books, their creators, fans and the community that surrounds them.

Teesside Comic-Con 2022
Usually early February
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Bolton Comic Con 2022
Usually late February
Organised by NWCC Events

A fun family themed comic con offering a mix of SciFi and comics guests, Retro Gaming, TV and film related displays / photo ops and a cosplay competition run by The Heroic Alliance

MARCH 2022

Largs Comic Con – BGCP Comic Con 2022
Saturday 12th March 2022
Web: bigglasgowcomicpage.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

Dublin Comic Con – Spring Edition 2022
Usually mid-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

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED

Cardiff Comics Carnival 2022
Usually in March
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Email: cardiffcomicscarnival@gmail.com

London Comic Con Spring 2022
Early March
Olympia London
Web: www.londoncomicconspring.com

Bringing you the Stars of Film and TV for you to meet, get their autographs and have your photo taken with them.

Bradford Unleashed Comic-Con 2022
Usually early March
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk | Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

The Big GLASGOW Comic Mart 2022 – BGCP
Usually early March
Trades Hall, Glasgow
BGCP events on Facebook – list

Dorset Comic Con and Gaming Festival 2022
Usually mid-March
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com

Sheffield Comic-Con 2022
Usually mid March
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Leeds Unleashed 2022
Usually late March
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

York Spring Comic-Con 2022
Usually late March
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Durham Comic-Con 2022
Usually March
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

APRIL 2022

Edinburgh Comic Con 2022

Edinburgh Comic Con 2022
16th – 17th April 2022
EICC

A weekend of madness from the world of film and TV, comic books, gaming, cosplay and much more. Valid tickets for a planned September 2020 event have been transferred by default, but refunds are available. Patrons are asked to request refunds by 31st July 2020. Tickets from www.heroconventions.com

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED

Gateshead Unleashed Comic-Con 2022
Usually early April
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk | Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Morecambe Comic Con 2022
Usually Early April
The Platform, Station Buildings, Marine Road Central, Morecambe LA4 4DB
Facebook: morecambecomiccon

Stoke CON Trent 2022
Usually early April
Web: stokecontrent.co.uk | Facebook | Twitter

Stoke CON Trent is Staffordshire’s Biggest TV, Film, Comic and Memorabilia Convention.

Cornwall Comic Con and Gaming Festival / Enchanted World 2022
Usually mid April
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com

Dee-Con 2022
Usually mid April
DeeCon is Dundee’s biggest event covering anime, comics, gaming, and cosplay.
Facebook

POSTPONED Doncaster Unleashed Comic-Con 2022
Usually mid April
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk | Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Yorkshire Cosplay Con 2022
Usually late April
Web: www.yorkshirecosplayconvention.co.uk

MAY 2022

Free Comic Book Day 2021
Alway first day in May – unless derailed by Pandemics
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

With Free Comic Book Day postponed, comic creators Neo Edmund and Russell Nohelty hosted an alt free comic day over 1st and 2nd May 2020, filled with free digital books, tons of awesome panels, and great creators. Offering 14 hours of live streaming you can sign up to hear about the next event and watch a replay here.

The main stage panels were live streamed to Russell’s web site, along with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Twitch. Attendees could interact with the panels of guests through the live video stream and comment feed. They asked hundreds of questions that were answered live on the air.

Portsmouth Comic Con 2021 – Moved to “Summer”
Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th May 2022
Portsmouth Guildhall
Web: www.portsmouthcomiccon.com

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED

Enniskillen Comic Fest 2022
Usually early May
Facebook: https://facebook.com/EnniskillenComicFe

Oldham Comic Con 2022
Usually May
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham
Find Oldham Comic Con on Facebook

Shields Comic-Con 2022
Usually early May
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk | Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Lawless 2022
Usually Mid May
Web: lawlesscomiccon.co.uk | Facebook | YouTube

Lawless Comic Convention is a British based not for profit comic convention organised by fans and for fans. The event was virtual in 2021

Swansea Comic and Gaming Convention 2022
Usually late April or early May
Web: http://scgc.org.uk

Independently run convention focusing on Comics and Gaming, seeking to promote local artists and vendors as well as those from further afield. Guests who attend come from the comic book, video game and tabletop gaming industries.

Humber Unleashed Comic-Con 2022
Usually mid-May
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk | Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Wirral Comic Con 2022
Usually late May – no web site at present

JUNE 2022

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED

Chesterfield Unleashed Comic-Con 2022
Usually early June
Tickets: www.unleashedtickets.co.uk | Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Carlisle Comic Con 2022
Usually early June
Web: www.wonkyrocketevents.co.uk
Find Carlisle Comic Con on Facebook

South West Comic Con and Gaming Festival 2022
Usually mid-June
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Facebook
BGCP events on Facebook – list

South West Comic Con And Gaming Festival 2022
Usually mid June
Hosted by UK Comicon and Gaming Festivals
Tickets: www.mooseeventsuk.com | Moose Events on Facebook – List

Macc-Pow 2022
Usually late June
Web: http://www.maccpow.co.uk | Facebook

JULY 2022

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED

Comic Con World Blackpool 2022
Usually early July
Web: www.comicconworld.co.uk | Facebook

POSTPONED Sunderland Comic-Con 2022
Usually early July
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Glasgow Comic Con 2022
Usually early July
Website: www.glasgowcomiccon.com
Twitter: @glasgowcomiccon | Facebook: glasgowcomiccon

Newscastle Unleashed Comic-Con 2022
Usually mid-July
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

AUGUST 2022

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED

Wigan Comic Con 2022 (NWCC Events)
Took place in August in 2021
Organised by NWCC Events

SEPTEMBER 2022

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED

Omagh ComicFest 2022
Usually September – no event in 2020 or 2021
Follow the event on Facebook

OCTOBER 2022

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED

Teeside Unleashed Comic-Con 2022
Usually early October
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

Lakes International Comics Art Festival 2022
Usually mid-October
Kendal

If you are looking for accommodation over the weekend, then here are some starting points: the “Explore South Lakeland” web site | AirBnB (8th – 12th October 2020 Search Results) |It’s also worth looking further afield and, perhaps coming into town by public transport or car. Here’s some information via TripAdvisor

Want to receive news about the Lakes International Comic Art Festival? Then sign up for the newsletter now | More about the Festival at www.comicartfestival.com

NOVEMBER 2022

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED

Thought Bubble Festival 2022
Usually mid November
Web www.thoughtbubblefestival.com

Whitby Unleashed Comic-Con 2022
Usually mid-November
Whitby Pavillion
Web and Tickets: unleashedtickets.co.uk |  Events Updates on Facebook
Hosted by Unleashed Events

DECEMBER 2022

DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED

2023

JUNE 2023

PROVISIONAL Comics Salopia 2023
Early June
Shrewsbury
Mostly free entry
Web: comicssalopia.com | Facebook

Events for the second bi-annual Comics Salopia event 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.

2024

APRIL 2024

Keighley Comic Con 2024
Saturday 27th April 2024
Victoria Hall Keighley
Hosted by Savage Beast Events | Facebook Event Page

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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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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