Focusing this year mostly on the Best of British Comics around, the Bristol International Comic Expo returns at the Ramada Plaza Hotel on 9th – 10th May 2009, with a special one day extra event on Saturday – the Small Press Expo 2009 at the nearby Mercure Holland House Hotel (full details of both locations at www.fantasyevents.org).
Pre-orders for tickets (which covers both events) are now available via the website, and organisers say these are running so high only limited tickets will be available on the Saturday at least, so booking is highly advised (this also reserves Expo Exclusives book).
Confirmed guests now include: Kevin O’Neil, Alan Davis, Dave Gibbons, Dave Gibbons, Mark Buckingham, John Charles, Mike Collins, Rob Williams, John Higgins, Gary Frank, Ian Gibson, David Hine, Lee Garbett, John M Burns, Lee Bradley, John Watson, Ian Culbard, Phil Winslade, Hunt Emerson, Gilbert Shelton, Simon Bisley, Mike Ploog, Charlie Adlard, Sean Phillips, James A. Hodgkins, Duncan Fegredo, Neil Edwards, Gary Spencer Millidge, Dylan Teague, Tim Pilcher, Joel Meadows, Shaky Kane, Boo Cook, Al Davison, Laurence Campbell, John McCrea, Dave Shelton, Martin Hayes, Jock, Asia Alfasi, Ian Sharman, Tony Lee, Ferg Handley, Peter Hogan, Steve Cook, Robert Deas, Kris Justice, Kat Nicholson, Liam Sharp, Dan Boultwood, Andie Tong, Emma Vieceli, Ian Edginton, Paul Grist, Graham Bleathman, Henry Flint, Lew Stringer, Lee Townsend, Andy Diggle, Siku, Roger Langridge, Jim Boswell, Gary Erskine, Bambos!, Jon Davis-Hunt, Cy Dethan, David Baillie, Kirsty Swan, Paul Gravett, Ilya, Stephen Baskerville, Jason Cardy, Emily Hare and Mike Carey.
SP Expo Comics Guests are Steve Tanner (Time Bomb), Howard Hardiman (Cute But Sad), David Goodman (Zip Gun), John Anderson (Soaring Penguin), Paul Rainey (There’s No Time Like The Present), Tom McNally (Semiotic Cohesion), Willie Lengers (Itch Publishing), Tom Meddings (Unedible), Will Morris-Julien (Butternut), Michael Burness (Unico Comics), Stephen Paul Coffey (Best of What’s Left), Luke Paton (The Adventures Of Kez And Luke), Andrew Cheverton (Angry Candy), Dan Barritt (Ragadabah), Nic Wilkinson (Insomnia Publications), Isaac E C Lenkiewicz (Duh Brain Comics), Amsel Von Speckelsen (Underfire Comics), Chris Denton (Massacre For Boys), Chin-Hsuen Lee (Tpcat Comic), Steve Tillotson (Banal Pig), Geoffrey Banyard (Fetishman), Richard Scott Butler (Cherubs Comics), Sally Jane Thompson (IndieManga), Mathew J Pallett (Stir Fried), Samantha Borras (Inspired) and Chris Lynch (Monkeys With Machineguns)
Panels will run throughout both days, with EXpo EXclusives available at various times (the signed ashcan of the new DC Vertigo comic from Mike Carey and Peter Gross available only at the Vertigo Panel, for example), and a host of signings, sketchings and comics to check out.
Web Link: www.fantasyevents.org