Edinburgh hasn't had much joy in the way of comic conventions over the last few decades, losing out to the hustle and bustle of neighbouringish Glasgow.
But one fellow is giving it a go come April. A Toy & Comic Mart, starting small and building up. And starting in April, free with local small press and dealers. It's a start.
I've started to be told about names being lined up for October's Lakes Comics Art Festival, an attempt to start to build a very British Angouleme.
Patrons Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Sean Phillips of course, but I'm also being told about comics journalist Joe Sacco, author Kurt Busiek, cartoonist Posy Simmonds (who I basically grew up with), Jose Munoz and Charlie Adlard attending.
Which isn't a bad start.
You can hear Bryan talking about the show at length in the podcast below:
In other British convention news, George Perez is returning to London for the London Super Comic Con.
But on the same week, Bryan and Mary Talbot will also be attending Animex in Teeside, UK, starting its own little comics section. To which Marv Wolfman will be attending.
Do we have our own little mini-Crisis? Two familar joint creators in the same country in the same week, yet so far apart… if they touch will the universe explode?
Maybe the organisers of either event should get on the phone to the other and see if they can work something out!
And as Con Wars break out I'm starting to hear about a new Wizard World show, potentially shceduling rather close in time and proximity to the Motor City Comic Con. More when… well, when I hear more.
By the way, even with my many legs and eyes, I can't go to every convention and see and hear everything I want to. If you'd like to attend any show, near or far on behalf of Bleeding Cool, get in touch and we'll see what we can work out…