For us folk in the South West of England, Porstmouth Comic Con is a huge deal. It's set to be the largest event of its kind in the South, and they've just announced that it'll be even bigger with the addition of a new International guest and a range of entertainment zones.
The latest addition to the lineup is Declan Shalvey, a distinctive Irish artist and writer who has worked with Marvel and DC, who is replacing Tess Fowler and Geof Darrow who sadly have had to pull out of the event this year.
Shalvey first made his name on UK indie comic, Hero Killers, Declan soon moved on to work for Classical Comics before being noticed by Marvel and DC, working on All-Star Batman, Thunderbolts, Moon Knight, Deadpool and Civil War: Choosing sides. He has had his work published extensively and featured in the graphic novel, Savage Town, which he wrote for artist Phillip Barrett.
In a Virtual Reality Zone hosted by The University of Portsmouth visitors will discover virtual reality, motion capture, screenings, game demonstrations, robots and more in a showcase of state of the art technology and emerging student talent.
A Wonder Zone will include British FX artist, Gary Pollard, who has worked on Harry Potter, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Doctor Who and Red Dwarf, demonstrating his amazing talent and skill in prosthetic make up. There will also be a character illustration workshop, an Ewok exhibition and Steampunk and costume displays.
An Interactive Zone where you can get hands-on with video and gaming, featuring a figure making workshop with War Games and creative craft for kids.
With even more set to be announced over the coming months, if you are serious about comics, love Marvel films or cult series like Dr Who or are simply looking for a fun family day out this is the event for you!
About Portsmouth Comic Con
Portsmouth Comic Con, International Festival of Comics will celebrate the art of comics and illustration plus the worlds of TV and Film, providing fun for aficionados, lifelong fans and families alike. Glimpse behind the camera of Doctor Who, with one of its leading prosthetic makeup artists, Gary Pollard, and cosplay will be strongly encouraged with prizes awarded for the best costumes on the day.
The event is the brainchild of Portsmouth Guildhall and Tripwire Magazine. Tripwire has been, for over 25 years, the pre-eminent comic and genre publication read by some of the biggest names in the film, TV and comic industry.
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