Bristol Comic Expo tickets on sale now

Tickets for the Bristol International Comic Expo in May are now on sale – and in a special IN FIRST offer, if you buy now, before 30th January, you pay only the 2010 admission price.

“As you recall, we sold out last year,” says organiser Mike Allwood, “and while we have expanded the event capacity, demand will once again be high, so pre-booking and a special low entry deal guarantees you can’t miss out on the UK’s Premier Comic Event.”

The Bristol International Comic Expo runs from 14-15th May 2011, with the convention being held at the Ramada City Inn & the Mercure Holland House Hotels.

Plans are underway to bring the usual high octane mix of international guests, interactive panels, European Showcase, Big on Small Press, New Title launches and those ever collectable EXpo EXclusives.

The international guest list already includes Rick Veitch and Ron Marz, who will be helping celebrate the 40th anniversary of Swamp Thing and previewing the Green Lantern movie.

Also look out for a very special EXpo EXclusive as the Expo wishes the Watchmen a happy 25th birthday with Dave Gibbons and John Higgins, who are together again for the first time on something just a bit special as the event supports its regular charity.

Rogue Trooper – the world’s greatest Genetic Infantryman – also celebrates his 30th birthday at Expo thanks to John McCrea, who is producing a Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Print which will also feature another legend from 2000AD.

“You will not want to miss this one,” hints Mike. “it’s the law!”

EXpo EXclusives launches from publishers Self Made Hero as they debut their take on HP Lovecraft plus Dalen Books Druids Volume 2.

Top creator guests are confirmed so far are Alan Davis, Mark Buckingham, Charles Adlard, Lee Garbett, Ian Churchill, Gary Erskine, Ian Edgington, David Hine, Shaky Kane, Mike Ploog, Dylan Teague, Al Davison, Mike Collins and John Watson, with many more to be confirmed.

EXpo EXhibitors include ComX, Ace Comics, Forbidden Planet London, Incognito Comics, Panini, Reed Comics, Markosia, Self Made Hero, PsiCollectables, The Comic Man, Astral Gypsy and Tripwire. Also in the New EXpanded EXpo European Showcase are Cinebook plus Dalen Books.

• The Expo’s IN FIRST offer is NOW open until the 30th January 2011. Order your tickets from www.fantasyevents.org/bristolcomicexpo/tickets.html

• For further details email comicexpo@hotmail.co.uk

• Full details will be on www.fantasyevents.org and www.spexpo.co.uk

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John Freeman

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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