Arts Centre ComicCon, new Scottish comic event, announced for March

The team behind the ComicScene magazine and web site have just announced a new Scottish comic event, Arts Centre ComicCon (Scotland), which will take place this March at the Howden Park Centre in Livingston.

“Lots of things will happen on the day but to start with there is a comics exhibition, it will be a comic party and a bar,” ComicScene publisher Tony Foster tells us.

Operated by the charity West Lothian Leisure, Howden Park Centre – a major art, culture, theatre, wedding, conference, meeting and party venue in West Lothian – is easy travelling distance from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Falkirk.

The venue offers a continuous programme of professional and amateur live performances in the theatre, including live music, pantomime, comedy, musicals, dance and much more. It’s also base for the staff and members of Firefly Arts, who provide youth theatre and associated services for children and young people aged five to 25.

Keep an eye on the ComicScene web site and social media for event updates and guest announcements. The event takes place on the same weekend as

• Arts Centre ComicCon (Scotland), in association with ComicScene 2023 Saturday 11th March 2023, Howden Park Centre in Livingston EH54 6AE | Venue online at

25 exhibitor tables are up for grabs and they will be free to comic focussed stall holders, publishers, writers and artists – email your interest in a table by end of January to Tony Foster via (replace AT with @)

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• For more information on what is available at Howden Park Centre, check out their Facebook page

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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