Game makers in the North of England are trying to drum up interest in a new gaming festival in Rossendale, offering an event that will feature appearances by artists and writers alongside animators, developers, games companies and others
It’s hoped the Halo Festival of Games and Animation will not only provide a platform for game makers in the UK but will also help give the local towns of Haslingden and Rawtenstall in Rossendale a revenue-boosting jolt in the arm when the crowds turn up for the event.
A recent feature added to the area is Halo: a panopticon sculpture that sits on a hill and can be seen from miles around. It’s meant to be a symbol of regeneration for the area but has proven to be more of a whipping boy for disaffected residents who resent all the money spent on it… no matter where the money came from.
So, what would happen at the Festival?
- Local and international games companies will introduce their latest releases.
- Game designers will host workshops and discussion groups.
- Video Games Voice actors will showcase their craft.
- Illustrators and Animators will demonstrate drawing techniques.
- Writers will give storyline/scripting lessons.
- Business savvy Games companies will tell you how to raise funds and gain grants.
- And Marketing people will show you how to sell them.
- Cosplay Live Action Role players will perform beneath The Halo.
- Games buy and swap market.
There are people in place for every aspect of what’s described above, including a writer who has worked for DC and Marvel Comics, a cartoonist from Warner Bros who has worked on Daffy Duck, a voice Actor from Dragon Age, support from www.gamevoices.co.uk and www.worldgamingexecutives.com and managers from a number of the world’s leading developers and publishers and much much more.
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.
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