This week I’ve been looking into which games and comics conventions are scheduled to take place in the UK this year. I’m a big fan of these conventions, having been to a few over the years. It’s fun to meet comic writers and artists, and get them to sign their work for you, as most of the time they sign for free. The bigger name guests charge for autographs, and while I wasn’t able to get Stan Lee’s last year, I did come away with George A. Romero’s, which was a pretty big deal for me. Having John Wagner sign my Judge Dredd bead portrait was pretty amazing too!
So I’ve been scouring the Internets for info of upcoming conventions, and have come up with the following list.
March: MCM Comic Con - Birmingham Mar 21-22
April: Insomina Gaming Festival - Coventry Apr 3-6
The Comic Festival - Birmingham Apr 18
May: Play Blackpool - Blackpool May 2-4
MCM Comic Con - London May 22-24
June: Collectormania - Milton Keynes, Jun 13-14
North East Retro Gaming (NERG) - Gateshead Jun 20-21
July: London Film & Comic Con - London Jul 17-19
MCM Comic Con - Manchester Jul 25-26
September: International Comics Expo - Birmingham Sep 5
EGX - Birmingham Sep 24-27
October: MCM Comic Con - London Oct 23-25
November: MCM Comic Con - Birmingham Nov 21-22
There are conventions in Scotland and Ireland, but I’ve been selfish and only researched the ones I’m likely to be able to attend, as a resident of the South of England! Unfortunately for me, most of the cons seem to be in the Midlands, or further North. The London conventions tend to be much bigger, and as a result the cost of a stall there is very high. I would have to sell a lot to make it worthwhile, and I don’t think I’m at that level yet. Especially as I need to build up my stock again after the Leeds Game Market!
My name is Iain and my addiction is making pixel bead art. My main inspirations are comics, video games and movies.