GCC is Scotland’s number one comic book festival, bringing in people from across the UK to celebrate the art or creating comic books.
The organisers tells the event has grown from a love for the medium and hole in the market place – and no doubt helped by Glasgow’s position as a major centre of comic book creators.
A recently announced addition to an already impressive roster is Eagle and Eisner Award winner Simon Bisley, an artist best known for his work on 2000AD’s ABC Warriors and Sláine, along with Judge Dredd/Batman and DC Comics Lobo. His work has inspired various forms in media, including the Beast in the 2006 Doctor Who episode “The Satan Pit” and Simon Pegg’s character Tim Bisley on Channel 4[s sitcom Spaced.
Other artists, writers and comic creators confirmed for the event are; Alan Davis (Captain
Britain, Miracleman, D.R & Quinch, Wolverine), Carlos Ezqurra (Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, ABC Warriors), Alan Grant (Batman, Lobo, 2000AD), John Higgins (Watchmen, The Killing Joke, Judge Dredd), Cam Kennedy (2000AD, Star Wars: Dark Empire, Commando), Barry Kitson (Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Spider-Man), Mike Ploog (Ghost Rider), John Wagner (Judge Dredd, A History of Violence), Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl) plus Hannah Berry, Peter Doherty, Gary Erskine, Ferg Handley, Yishan Li, George Low, Colin MacNeil, Lorna Miller, Robbie Morrison, Monty Nero,
Tanya Roberts and more to be announced.
Further to the many talks, panels, signings and sketches taking place, some of the UK’s leading independent comic book publishers will be on hand, including Scotland’s Black Hearted Press and publishers Com X, Jonathan Cape, Orang Utan Comics, Rough Cut Comics and a host of small press exhibitors, comic book shops, toy shops and many more exhibitors.
The event will also host the awards ceremony for the Scottish Indie Comic Book Alliance Awards, dedicated to the promotion of local comic books, graphic novels and sequential art in its many forms and comic creators; artists, writers, colourists, letterers, designers or editors. Winners from the 2012 SICBA awards include writer John Lees and artist James Devlin, as well as an Outstanding Contribution to comics award to David Alexander.
• Nominations for the 2013 SICBA awards are now open at www.sicba.org.uk
• Glasgow Comic Con 2013: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2013, Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD. More information from Sha Nazir and John Farman, Event Producers Glasgow Comic Con, c/o Black Hearted Press, 15 Hope Street, Flr 3, Glasgow, G2 6AB. Web: www.glasgowcomiccon.com Twitter: #glasgowcomiccon Facebook: facebook.com/glasgowcomiccon
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.