Wythenshawe Comic Con launches in June

Lew Stringer
Lew Stringer

A new comic convention for South Manchester, Wythenshawe Comic Con will take place at Wythenshawe Forum on Saturday 9th June 2018.

The event is a joint venture between the Wow Comix comic shops and The Wythenshawe Forum, with support from Wythenshawe Library and various other local organisations. Its aim is to bring an exciting and entertaining Comic Convention to South Manchester, featuring guests from the comic industry and lots of traders selling comics and related items. There will be events to join in with on the day, cosplay and competitions for adults and children.

Confirmed guests so far for this one day event include Lew Stringer and the team from indie comic publishers Accent UK.

Lew has worked for all the major publishers. He inspired Alan Moore with his Brickman character, who encouraged him to pitch his work, successfully, to Marvel UK back in the 1980s, and since then has been a major contributor to Beano, The Dandy, VIZ, Sonic the Comic, Doctor Who Magazine and more.

Lew has been working as a freelance artist and writer in British humour comics since 1983, who regularly documents British comics old and new on his Blimey! blog. Along the way he’s created characters such as Combat Colin, Tom Thug, Pete and his Pimple, Robo-Capers, Derek the Troll, Brickman, The Suburban Satanists, The Dark Newt and more.

Colin Mathieson of Accent UK
Colin Mathieson of Accent UK

Founded in 2000, Accent UK is a privately owned comic publisher based in Manchester in the United Kingdom.

WesternNoir from Accent UK

Owners Colin Mathieson and Dave West collect the talents of the UK independent comic publishing community, along with guests from overseas, producing an annual themed anthology, as well as now releasing shorter books, one-shots and graphic novels.

Andy Bloor joined Accent UK in 2007 as art director overseeing all aspects of design and production for the books.

• Wythenshawe Comic Con 10.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 9th June 2018, Wythenshawe Forum

More details on the event’s Facebook page or from Wow Comix in Sale or Stockport. Tables for the are available at £40.00 each

Wythenshawe Comic Con 2018 Flyer 1

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as a freelance editor, as Creative Consultant on the new Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. 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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