Due to the global Coronavirus Pandemic, Portsmouth Guildhall has taken the decision to move this year’s Portsmouth Comic Con event to the new dates of Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August 2020.
The Festival has been widely promoted across the South Coast for several months and had quickly established itself as a popular annual event.
“We have been monitoring the rapidly changing situation carefully and feel this is the right decision to ensure the welfare of our guests, exhibitors, staff, volunteers, sponsors and suppliers,” a statement reads. “It also ensures that we will be able to produce the event to the high standard you have come to expect and enjoy.
“Portsmouth Comic Con – International Festival of Comics is presented by the charitable Guildhall Trust with our partners Tripwire Magazine and GoGeek Events CIC. While this postponement will have a financial and logistical impact, we are determined that the event should go ahead in August and give us all something to look forward to beyond this uncertain time.
“In these difficult times, we ask that all of our fantastic comic, film, TV, cosplay, pop culture and geek fans and communities come together to spread the word and help make the new dates an even bigger success.”
Existing tickets are automatically transferred to the new dates and ticket holders do not need to do anything further. If you are not able to attend the new date, please contact your point of purchase by 17th April 2020.
“Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you to Portsmouth in August.”
• Keep an eye the website www.portsmouthcomiccon.com and social channels for further event updates and for lots of comic-related articles and activities to keep you entertained if you are self-isolating
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.