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A LOOK AHEAD TO……NOTTINGHAM COMIC CON (4TH OCTOBER 2014) by G-Man

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As the interest in comic book movies, comic book TV shows and the wider comic book world in general continues to grow, I seem to be finding more and more Comic Con’s around that I can realistically get to without breaking into a bank for travel budget.

Admittedly I have the bonus that my sister now stays in the area (free lodgings-a-go-go) but the draw of the smaller Cons is the real grass-roots feel to the promotion of local shops and the small-press, indy creators from around the country.  True there are some familiar faces for me at most of this year’s Cons in the main but there’s also a chance to meet people I’ve mainly been in touch with via the Blog, emails or Facebook.  My hopes are high with this one too and here’s a bit more about what to expect:

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.
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!
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.
So with less than two weeks to go – you’ve got to check out those guests, check out the small-press guys and grab a ticket over at the website.
G-Man

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