Glasgow Comic Festival 2016 programme announced
- Henry Northmore
- 11 May 2016
Guests include Kate Leth (Adventure Time), Marguerite Bennett (X-Men), Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) and Frank Quitely (Superman)
Glasgow Comic Festival and Comic Con is expanding for its sixth year, taking over the CCA and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall from Tue 28 June to Sun 3 July. Special guests for 2016 include top female writers Kate Leth (Adventure Time, Vampirella) and Marguerite Bennett (A-Force, X-Men) alongside David Aja (Hawkeye, Star Wars), Goran Parlov (Punisher, Y: The Last Man, Black Widow), Nigel Parkinson (The Beano), Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman, New X-Men, Jupiter's Legacy) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Martha Washington, Kingsman).
The CCA will still be the festival hub with workshops, talks, videogames, zines and film screenings (including Batman & Robin, Swamp Thing and the 1990 adaptation of Captain America). Other highlights include Frank Quitely in conversion with David Aja (Fri 1 Jul); The Big Science Comic Draw (Tue 28 Jun–Sun 3 Jul), a collaboration with illustrator Clare Forrest and Glasgow Science Festival to create the world's biggest science comic book; and 9 Panels (Fri 1 Jul), a one-day conference (limited to 120 places) aimed at anyone who wants to break into the industry, featuring talks and workshops from the likes of Leth, Bennett and Rachael Stott (Doctor Who, Star Trek) and the chance to pitch to The Beano and BHP Comics.
The main con takes place over the weekend (2 & 3 Jul) at the Royal Concert Hall with two days of panels, signings, exhibitors, cosplay and a line up of international guests all under one roof, covering everything from up coming indie talent to comic's royalty.
Sha Nazir, festival director, said: 'It's great to see the event flourish from our humble beginnings of a one-day event with 500 attendees to a six-day festival with over 10,000 participants across the city. Last year we brought an economic impact of over £1.2 million to the city. Glasgow is the home city of comics and graphic novels, and the festival is a fantastic platform for the 150 plus creators who will visit our city and opens its pages to the world. We hope the city gets behind the event again in 2016.'
Glasgow Comic Festival, CCA and Royal Concert Hall, Tue 28 Jun–Sun 3 Jul