By Olly MacNamee
As well as celebrating the promotion of Leicester City football club into the Premier League, this lovely little city can also celebrate its very first comic convention too. Leicester Comic Convention will be taking place this month in the very beautiful and unique setting of the Silver Arcade in heart of the city on June 21st.
Recently having benefited from a £3 million re-furb, this four storey Victorian arcade is a mix of offices and boutique shops that will act as a very alternative venue for a comic convention, but one I welcome as an innovative model for small-scale cons such as this. Sitting in the centre of Leicester one would hope that this will be a comic-con which could encourage the less comic centric fan to take a look inside too.
For such a bespoke comic con it certainly has an impressive line-up. As well as indie publishers such as Time Bomb Comics, Borderline Press and many others, guest speakers on the day will be writers Ian Edginton (Judge Dredd, Wolverine, Star Wars) and Dan Abnett (The Guardians of The Galaxy, The Legion of Super-Heroes, 2000AD). Guest artists include D'Israeli (2000AD, Kingdom of The Wicked) and Kat Nicholson (Thunder Cats, Moshi Monsters, Transformers) and the launch of Leicester's own Illustrators' Group exhibition too. With an after show party at local eatery/bar, The Cookie and this looks like a full on day. Having covered a number of the larger conventions in the Midlands this year for Bleeding Cool, I look forward to covering the more independent conventions too. So, with pen and camera in hand, I hope to see many of you who hail from the Midlands there, supporting this great, local comic book event.
Olly MacNamee teaches English and Media, for his sins, in a school somewhere in Birmingham. Some days, even he doesn't know where it is. Follow him on twitter @ollymacnamee or read about his exploits at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or don't.