First Ever ComicCity Festival heads to Derry next weekend

ComicCity Festival 2015 Flyer

Some of the UK and Ireland’s leading comic artists and writers – including PJ Holden, John McCrea and Declan Shalvey – will touch down in Derry next weekend for the first ever ComicCity Festival.

The two-day festival, which is being run in partnership with CultureTech, the Millennium Forum and the Nerve Centre, will celebrate comics, illustration and the creative arts.

The festival is free to enter and will be held in the Millennium Forum venue in Derry on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September, and will showcase some of the world’s best creative talent, including some of the comic industry’s top writers and artists.

These special guests, exhibitors and dealers will be in attendance throughout the weekend and there will also be a full programme of talks, workshops and activities.

In addition, comic fans will also have the opportunity to attend Invasion Derry, which will be running alongside ComicCity (but do note there is a cover charge for the Invasion Derry event).

This event is being hosted by The Emerald Garrison, Ireland’s premier costuming club, who will be bringing their hugely popular Star Wars show to the city for the first time, featuring interactive sets, props, replicas and over 40 costumed characters.

• For more information visit www.comiccityfestival.com | Find ComicCity on  Facebook | Follow the ComicCity festival on Twitter @comiccityfest | Or email: info@comiccityfestival.com 

•  Check out the ComicCity podcast on Twitter  @Comiccitycast

ComicCity Festival Flyer by Sarah Bowie

ComicCity Festival Flyer by Sarah Bowie

ComicCity Guests

Confirmed so far are

JORDIE BELLAIRE
Eisner Award winning Colourist/Artist: Injection, Moon Knight, Magneto, Hawkeye

DECLAN SHALVEY
Artist: Injection, Moon Knight, Deadpool, Groot, Thunderbolts

MARC LAMING
Artist: Planet Hulk, Fantastic Four, All New Invaders, Kings Watch

JOHN McCREA
Artist: Deadpool, Batman, Judge Dredd, Mythic, Section Eight

DAVE HENDRICK
Writer/Journalist: Granuaile, Queen Of Storms, The Symptoms

JOHN ALLISON
Artist/Writer: Bad Machinery, Giant Days, Scary Go Round

PJ HOLDEN
Artist: Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Robocop/Terminator, Numbercruncher, Gunsuits

MAURA McHUGH
Writer: Witchfinder: Mysteries of Unland, Róisín Dubh, Jennifer Wilde

STEPHEN MOONEY
Artist/Writer: Grayson, Half Past Danger, CSI, Angel, A-Team

MICHAEL CARROLL
Writer: Judge Dredd, Jennifer Blood, New Heroes/Quantum Prophecy, Double-Crossing,

RUTH REDMOND
Colourist/Artist: Storm, Uncanny X-Men, Deadpool, New Warriors

RYAN BROWN
Artist/Digital Painter: Judge Dredd, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, V Wars

STEPHEN DOWNEY
Artist: Torchwood, Turok, How to Train your Dragon, Flash Gordon, The Phantom, Jennifer Blood, Noe

PAUL BOLGER
Artist/Writer/Animator/Director:
Hound, The Pirates!, Arthur Christmas, Land Before Time, All Dogs Go To Heaven

PHILIP BARRETT
Artist/Writer/Designer/Educator: Blackshapes, Matter, Where’s Larry, Stray Lines, RTE, Irish Times

SARAH BOWIE
Artist/Writer:The Comics Lab, Mall Life, A Clock or a Crown, O’Brien Press

DEBBIE JENKINSON
Artist/Writer/Designer:The Comics Lab, Remorse, Stray Lines

LIGHTNING STRIKE
One of Ireland’s leading independent publishers

NATHAN STOCKMAN
Artist: Reyn, I Love Trouble, Anti-Hero

MARTIN HAYES
Writer: Abominable Glory, Project Luna: 1947, Aleister Crowley: Wandering the Waste

JOE CAMPBELL
Artist/Writer: Invisible Man, Amelia Earhart, Columba’s Cross

DAVY FRANCIS
Artist/Writer: Oink, Spare Rib, paradox Press, Fantagraphics Books, Red Dwarf Smegazine, Brain Damage, Ut, Gas, Electric Soup, Hoof Hearted.

THE PUBCAST
Award Winning Irish Geek Podcast

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “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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