Macc-Pow postponed as COVID restrictions continue to impact comic event plans, other organisers ready to adapt as restrictions continue

Macc-Pow graphic by Marc Jackson

The organisers of Macclesfield-based comics event Macc-Pow – due to taken place have reluctantly announced in June – has again been postponed, until 2022.

“We had hoped to not make this decision twice, but it’s been decided that MACC-POW! will be postponed until June 2022,” says organiser and comic creator Marc Jackson.

“It wasn’t an easy one to make, but there was no way to plan and organise the event we wanted during these crazy times.”

The MACC-POW team aren’t the only event organisers who are still adapting their plans to the ongoing Pandemic, of course.

Our list of upcoming comic events across the UK and Ireland has just been updated and it is very clear that while organisations like ELCAF, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Thought Bubble are planning physical events later this year, for example, all are conscious that COVID-19 restrictions may continue through the year and are planning accordingly, with virtual events always a fall back after their success last year for some.

In place of a physical event, MACC-POW! At Home will return in June, with a series of live online interviews with cartoonists and creators from around the world.

Then, in September – COVID pandemic easing permitting, of course – MACC-POW! MINI will host a number of free public, real world events (yes, not online) comics and cartoon art workshops in Macclesfield.

“So, all is not lost!” Marc says. “This is our way of keeping the event alive and safely navigating the rest of the year, to then go full-steam ahead to deliver the best MACC-POW! so far next year. Stay tuned for more info soon!”

You can follow Macc-Pow and find out about this year’s MAXCC-POW At Home and MACC-POW Mini here on Facebook

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

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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