Bradford Literature Festival includes “BLF Comic Con” in events programme

Bradford Literature Festival Comic Con

This year’s Bradford Literature Festival includes the launch of a dedicated comics and manga weekend at the University of Bradford over the weekend of 1st – 2nd July.

BLF Comic Con will combine the customary convention set up with unique and specially curated events, to create a comics extravaganza, exploring traditions from around the world as well as manga, graphic novels, science fiction and gaming.

An ‘Artists Alley’, where visitors will have a chance to meet the authors, artists and comic creators behind some of the most innovative and exciting comics around is also planned, from the well known and best loved, to the up-and-coming.

The event will also play host to a spectacular market place, where fans can browse the latest merchandise and must-have collectables.

Bradford Literature Festival  - Wonder Heroes

The Literature Festival itself includes events such as a performance of Wonder Heroes in Bradford’s City Park (several performances), while at The Force is With Us and JAKe, illustrator extraordinaire and the artist behind How to Speak Droid with R2-D2, and Tom Huddleston, author of Star Wars fiction including the Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space series, we will explore the galaxy, from Coruscant to Tatooine. On Sunday, lecturers and Wonder Woman experts Joan Ormrod and Michael Goodrum host Wonder Woman: From Amazon Warrior to UN Ambassadordiscussing Wonder Woman’s origins and  cultural significance from past to present; and and Hannah Berry and Tom Huddleston will present Post-Truth Satire in Comics & Graphic Novels, explaining why comics and graphic novels might be among the most effective platforms for satire, and examine the central role they can play in negotiating our post-truth world.

• Bradford Literature Festival Comic Con 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd July 2017, University of Bradford. Bradford Literature Festival runs from 30th June – 9th July. For more about the Bradford Literature Festival visit

• If you are interested in being a stall holder at Bradford Literature Festival Comic Con, we would love to hear from you! Please click here for more information.

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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