Six guests to see at Glasgow Comic Con
Some must-see writers and artists at the annual comics convention
Glasgow Comic Con is renowned for curating an impressive lineup of creators, from comic heavyweights working for Marvel and DC Comics, to indie successes and a dedicated strand of break-out talent. The two-day Con is the bustling hub of the wider Glasgow Comic Festival, featuring superhero film screenings, Glasgow Zine Fest, comic launches, the SICBA awards and talks covering publishing, feminism in comics and the comic creation journey. Last year the festival drew a record audience of 10,000, and so for 2016, the Con has moved to the larger venue of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, allowing them to welcome more artists, writers and creators, and well as more fans of all things comic.
The Canadian comic writer and artist is the author of the Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat! series for Marvel Comics, as well as titles including Bravest Warriors and Edward Scissorhands. She has written three of the seven Adventure Time graphic novels and this year took over as the writer for cult horror comic Vampirella. Leth also runs the podcast LESS THAN LIVE with KATE OR DIE where she interviews fellow comic creators, and she'll be DJ'ing at the festival's summer party too.
A giant in the UK's comic scene, Gibbons is best known for his collaboration with Alan Moore on twelve-issue series Watchmen, one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time and adapted for the screen in 2009. An artist, writer and sometimes letterer, his impressive back catalogue includes work on 2000 AD, Green Lantern and Doctor Who comics. He is also an ambassador for the genre; in 2014 he was appointed the UK's first ever Comic Laureate.
An illustrator and comic artist from Glasgow, Neil Slorance is the co-creator and artist for all four issues of Dungeon Fun, an adventure comic about a young girl called Fun battling all sorts of mythical creatures, with plenty of hilarity along the way. He also created The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal and draws for the Doctor Who Twelfth Doctor comics. Slorance has a great talent for live drawing, covering major events from the Scottish elections to Eurovision.
Bennett writes for a multitude of comics, including female superhero series DC Comics: Bombshells, which features an epic cast of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batwoman, Stargirl, Aquawoman and more; DC’s Batgirl; Dynamite Entertainment's Red Sonja and Marvel's Angela: Queen of Hell. In 2015, she published her first ongoing creator-owned comic with artist Ariela Kristantina. InSeXts is an erotic horror story about a pair of female lovers from the Victorian era, who transform into insect-like monsters and go on a killing spree.
The Glasgow-based illustrator is the creator of The Mighty Women of Science, a beautifully illustrated alphabet book championing the women who have changed the face of science. Forrest hosted last year's Big Comic Draw and will be in residence again this year for the Big Science Comic Draw. She's also responsible for this year's eye-catching Glasgow Comic Festival poster, a Where's Wally?–style gathering of comic icons – is that a Storm Trooper in a Charlie Brown jumper?
The British cartoonist created and illustrated two of Viz's longest-running comic strips: The Critics, about a pair of elitist art critics who frequently mistake everyday objects for modern art, and The Modern Parents, a satirical look at a pair of middle-class parents and their quest for ethical living. He is also the writer and artist for several intricately-detailed children’s picture books, including The Day Louis Got Eaten and a series of adventure novels for young readers, set in a host of exotic locations.
Glasgow Comic Festival, various venues, Tue 28 Jun–Sun 3 Jul; Glasgow Comic Con, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sat 2 & Sun 3 Jul.