The first Sunderland Comic Con, the North East Comic Book Festival will take place on 9th – 10th August 2014. This new event, taking place at Sunderland Software Centre, will see comic book writers, artists and creators attend from all over Britain, making the North East the focus for comic books, whilst it is expected that many fans will attend from across the region and beyond.
The event is being produced in partnership between Sunderland Live and Black Hearted Press, who already produce the popular Glasgow Comic Con which sees over 2000 visitors attend.
“It’s incredible for us to be having an event like this in my back yard,” enthused award-winning graphic novel creator and one of the event patrons Bryan Talbot at the launch event, “not only bringing internationally famous comic writers and artists to Sunderland but also shining a light on the many new talented creators in the area.”
Jessica Regnart, Creative Development Manager at Sunderland Live added: “It’s fantastic to have such a creative and unique event come to Sunderland”
“We’re delighted to be working with Black Hearted Press to bring this event to the region for the first time and we are expecting it to be really popular.”
Black Hearted Press have already made waves in Scotland by producing Glasgow’s Comic Con, Scotland’s number one comic book festival.
“We have established Glasgow Comic Con as the top comic book event in Scotland and one of the top five in the UK,” said a spokesperson for the company, “focussing on the creators of comic books and the art and literature they create.
“Our ethos is simple – to develop and enhance readers’ experience with the event and we hope to bring colour, fun and a new date in the diary for Sunderland’s cultural ambassadors”.
Further to the many talks, panels, signings and sketches that will take place, some of the UK’s leading independent comic book publishers will be on hand, including a host of small press exhibitors, comic book shops, toy shops and many more exhibitors, as well as the always popular COSPLAY competitions and photo opportunities.
• For more information visit www.SunderlandComicCon.com
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/sunderlandcomiccon
• Black Hearted Comics: www.BHPcomics.com
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.