Glasgow Comic Con is back in 2017 and on the 1st of July will take place at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The event has previously been hosted at the CCA and the Mackintosh Church on Garscube Road, but this bigger and more central venue is a fitting location for the ever growing and popular event. The guest list this year covers a wide range of writers and artists and showcases how vast and far reaching the medium of comic books is. After 7 years it looks like July’s Comic Con may well be the biggest and most exciting yet.
The Wicked and The Divine and Phonogram creators Jamie McKelvie and Kieran Gillen will be present at and hopefully be discussing how music and popular culture influences their work. The pair have also worked on the Young Avengers and have a creative partnership that spans creator owned work and superhero adventure stories. In 2017 the weekly science fiction comic book 2000AD is celebrating its 40th year on the shelves of newsagents and comic book stores and is well represented at this years Comic Con, with Frazer Irving, Al Ewing and Tom Foster are all making an appearance. 2000AD features many classic characters including Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Rogue Trooper and continues to present subversive and engaging storytelling within its pages. Original Editor Pat Mills will be appearing at the event to present his latest prose novel Serial Killer and will no doubt talk at length about the lasting legacy of 2000AD and its place in British science fiction history.
Other guests at Glasgow Comic Con 2017 include Superman artist Frank Quietly (who has an excellent exhibition of his artwork on across the city at Kelvingrove Art Gallery), Batwoman artist Amy Reader and Metaphrog, who will be celebrating the release of their comic book adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.
The day before the festival kicks off the CCA is hosting a special conference called Nine Panels. Here a range of writers, artists, scholars and comic book enthusiasts are joining together to discuss the medium and the various ways in which a creator can break into the industry. This event is well worth attending if you are looking for an insight in creating, publishing and distributing comic books and graphic novels. Also at the CCA is an exhibition of artwork by artist and illustrator Neil Slorance. He has won several SICBA (Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance) Awards for his book Dungeon Fun and a chance to see his original artwork up close should not be missed. The CCA also has a separate exhibition in its main gallery space of comic strips and illustrations from Glasgow based artist Robert Churm, which is also worth checking out.
The Nine Panels Conference, the various comic book exhibitions in Glasgow at the moment, along with Glasgow Comic Con itself on 1 July underline the popularity of comics at the moment and highlights Scotland’s contribution to the art and industry. Tickets for Glasgow Comic Con are now on sale and advanced booking is advised.