For many people the highlight of the comics year in Scotland over the past three years has been the Highlands International Comics Expo, Hi-Ex, organised by Richmond Clements and Vicky Stonebridge and held in Inverness in the first few months of each year.
For the last two years downthetubes contributor Jeremy Briggs has provided the Hi-Ex convention brochure with a review of the previous year’s comics events in Scotland, with the Hi-Ex 2 brochure covering those events in 2008 and the Hi-Ex 3 brochure covering those events in 2009.
These articles came about after discussions at the first Hi-Ex showed that many people were unaware of the extent of comics events north of the border and that there was a general consensus amongst attendees that such events only happened in the Midlands and the south of England. The aim of these articles therefore was to document all comics related events in Scotland that were open to the general public, from talks to exhibitions, workshops to conventions.
Despite the decision to postpone Hi-Ex 4 from 2011 to 2012, Jeremy chose to continue with his annual Scottish review for 2010 and so, with the blessing of Rich and Vicky, downthetubes presents his 2010 review of comics events in Scotland on the downthetubes main site, as well as reprinting the 2008 and 2009 reviews from the Hi-Ex convention brochures.
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