After a long year and a half of searching for the right venue and the right dates, BHP Events – part of comics publisher BHP Comics – has finally been able to secure all the elements they want to produce their first event in Edinburgh. Like the phenomenally successful Glasgow Comic Con, Capital Comic Con, The Edinburgh Comic Art Festival, running 10th – 11th October 2015, will celebrate comic books and culture, with international guests and local creators on hand with a special emphasis on comic art.
Not to be confused with the annual US Capital City Comic Con in Austin, Texas, BHP says a top line up of artists, writers, letterers, colourists, editors, designers, publishers, distributors is being lined up, so it’s now looking like comic fans will face some hard choices of which event to support with the third Lakes International Comic Art Festival already announced for the following week – 16th – 18th October.
Capital Comic Con will be hosted at Summerhall, the old “vet school” which is now one of Edinburgh’s leading cultural centres. There will be panels, signings, stalls, cosplay events and much much more.
“The Capital Comic Con joins a stellar line-up we’ve got planned for 2015,” said a BHP spokesperson, “as Black Hearted Press celebrates its fifth birthday with over fourteen new comic releases, seven events and four graphic novels including Rom of the Reds by comic legends John Wagner & Alan Grant.”
The full BHP event line up for 2015 is as follows:
21st – 22nd February 2015: Sunderland Comic Con, The North East Comic Book Festival
Re-scehduled from August this year, confirmed guest so far include Hannah Berry, Rufus Dayglo, Dr Mel Gibson, Colin MacNeil, Nigel Parkinson, Tanya Roberts, Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot
14th March 2015: Glasgow Comic & Toy Fair
2nd May 2015: Glasgow Comic & Toy Fair – Star Wars Special
4th – 5th July 2015: Glasgow Comic Con, Scotland’s Comic Book Festival
10th – 11th October 2015: Capital Comic Con, The Edinburgh Comic Art Festival
5th December 2015: Glasgow Comic & Toy Fair – Christmas Special
• For more information visit the Capital Comic Con official event website: www.capitalcomiccon.com or find the official event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/capitalcomiccon or follow the event on Twitter @EdinburghComic
• For more about BHP Comics visit: www.BHPcomics.com
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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.