London Super Comic Con this March 15-16th has announced its third wave of special guests, and it's fairly mega, though there are more announcements to come. Max Brooks, Arthur Adams and Frank Cho are headlining.
Also announced in the third wave of guests are Jacen Burrows, Neil Edwards, Lee Garbett, Andy Lanning, Yanick Paquette, Jamie Tyndall, John Watson, JK Woodward and Chrissie Zullo. Previously confirmed are Charlie Adlard, Howard Chaykin, Alan Davis, Tom Palmer, Dan Slott and Brian Wood.
That's a pretty healthy contingent of creators on an international scale, and confirms that cons are growing worldwide right now. LSCC seems set to pursue the "big con" model we see at NYCC and C2E2 while still pursuing a big focus on comics in the vein of Baltimore Comic Con. To do that, they feel that a "diverse mix of exhibitors and creators" are the best bet to increase momentum.
But the Con is also focusing heavily on the Cosplay community, and energy is building for the inaugural London Super Cosplay Championship. The Championship's grand prize will include a trip for 2 to Dragon Con in Atlanta this year and special cosplay guests appearing will be Yaya Han and Riki LeCotey a.k.a Riddle.
The Con is drawing directly on fan and participant demand after huge interest in cosplay last year. According to LSCC:
Cosplay at L.S.C.C .2013 was fantastic and added a real carnival atmosphere to the event. We have spent a lot of time speaking to cosplayers, these past few months, and we believe we have listened to what they want and have come up with a package that not only the cosplay community deserve, and will ultimately enjoy, but what the whole comic book community in the UK will.
Testament to the growth of LSCC and fan demand in the UK is an 80% sell-out of VIP tickets already, and an impressive sales rate on tickets that's much faster than in previous years. It could be a con to keep an eye on for brisk growth.
And last year, this happened (Yes, that's George Perez), so it looks like an intense convention to say the least:
So if you're in London, there'll be plenty of top talent and also plenty of cosplay. And if you do attend, make sure to send us your photos and thoughts at Bleeding Cool.