This year Nottingham sees the second outing of 'Nottingham Comic Con' (formerly known as Nerd Fest). Kev Brett is the idea man behind the Convention and after searching for a local comic con and finding nothing in the local area, he thought about putting one on. Kev had wanted to see an event that celebrates local artists, shows the world comic goodness and generally something for people to enjoy. He matched this with a desire to support charities close to home and the event was born.
In 2013 Kev and his team were overwhelmed by the success of Nerd Fest and so decided to do it again with a new venue and new brand. The idea behind the day is to provide a fun day out for families interested in comics, art and superheroes and raise some money for charity.
This year Nottingham Comic Con will be bigger and better than last year’s event with double the exhibitor tables and twice as many guests.
Amongst them there are four returning guest artists; Marc Laming, John McCrea, Steve Beckett and Gary Erskine and eleven 'first time' NCC guests including Dan McDaid, Marc Ellerby and Paul Grist, all showing there amazing talents, selling their art and waiting to chat to visitors.
Some of my favourite artists are going to be attending. Chatting, sketching and selling some great art.
Marc 'Fantastic Four, All New Invaders, Kings Watch, Splinter Cell' Laming will be there. (He's not this angry!)
John 'Hitman, Preacher, Dredd, Dicks, Mars Attacks' McCrea will be there (this is not his brain!)
Christian 'Porcelain, Briar, True Grit, In The Dark' Wildgoose will be there (His hips don't lie!)
Gary 'Roller Girls, Star Wars, Pendragon, Warheads, Dan Dare' Erskine will be there (on roller skates?)
Dan 'Jersey Gods, Vandroid, Doctor Who, Catalyst Comics' McDaid will be there. (Don't say 'Woo' for fear of getting a pinch!)
Paul 'Kane, St Swithin's Day, Jack Staff, Mud Man' Grist will be the (flying a flag).
The convention is a family event with attractions for all ages; returning for a second year we have the 501st UK Garrison (one of the main Star Wars Costuming groups in the world) and face painting for the children (THE busiest attraction last year!!).
During the day there will be a number of guest Q&A panels as well as live music from bands who are based within the East Midlands. There will be demos from local table top game companies such as Mantic Games and photo opportunities for all!
I shall be the representing NIA and beardrock.com and running a panel with a few of these names. If you want a question asked just pop along and put your hand up.
For 2014 Nottingham Comic Con is supporting three charities; Nottingham Based 'The Ear Foundation', The Marfan Trust and MacMillan Cancer Support. £1 from every standard ticket sold and 100% of money raised through the charity raffle will be donated.
We really hope that comic fans and their families enjoy the event and help us to support the charities and their much needed work.
Visit the website: www.nottinghamcomiccon.co.uk and get your tickets booked!!