Morecambe, Lanacashire will play host to a Comic Con this Easter, although at present the announced guest list – which includes Sixth Doctor Who Colin Baker, who has written a comic strip – leans more toward TV and film guests than comics.
Other announced guests are Paul Blake, who played Greedo in Star Wars and James Mackenzie, who presents children’s game show Raven.
The event is being organised by the Gary Jones and Mark Longman as part of Geek Comic Cons.
Cosplay will be a major part of this event and there will be plenty of stalls and more.
“It’s a fun-filled family day out,” Gary told local paper The Visitor, “bringing together TV and films stars with prop displays, a Cosplay (dress-up) competition, stalls, and question and answer sessions.”
Nearby Lancaster has its own comic event, Lancaster Comics Day, on Sunday 11th June, with a full comic creator focus that includes a very rare appearance by Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque, who has drawn the locally-published graphic novel, Preston North End: The Rise of the Invincibles, and legendary comics editor Barrie Tomlinson, who helped shape the Roy of the Rovers legend over decades, even at one point roping in Morecambe and Wise to support his efforts!
• Morecambe Comic-Con 2017 takes place at the Platform on 17th April 2017, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Admission £5, 12 and under £3 and five and under go free
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.