Matt C: Somehow we appear to be almost in March already, and with two months down in 2014 it’s time to take an advance look at the first comic convention the PCG are due to make an appearance at: the London Super Comic Convention.
For its third year the LSCC has shifted from late February to mid-March which will probably please those who experienced the bristling cold in 2013! I believe it’s the largest con purely devoted to comics in the country (feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) and that kind of makes attendance a must due to the number of guests and exhibitors set to appear. It may not be the hippest con (Thought Bubble wins that prize, by a landslide it seems) but based on the last two years, even though its size can make it seem a little impersonal at times, it does offer more than enough to occupy both discerning comic book fan and the curious newbie. In other words, if you’re thinking of going too, make sure you’ve saved up a few quid, because there will be a multitude of different things available that will cause you to part with just about every penny you have!
The guests are the main draw for many, and this year sees the likes of Arthur Adams, Max Brooks, Jonathan Ross, Dave Gibbons, Kieron Gillen, Howard Chaykin, Alan Davis and Ethan Van Sciver passing through, to name some of the more recognisable attendees. Dan Slott makes a return appearance, and as he was easily the most popular guest last year, with queues snaking round the venue to get his signature all weekend, it’s a safe bet that’ll be the case again this year. Peter David makes a welcome appearance after being forced to cancel a visit last time due to illness, and there may be some of us who’ve been reading comics for a good number of years who’d like to shake the man’s hand!
Then there are the exhibitors: from major names in the comics business right down to the self-publishers, there are a wealth of opportunities to pick up all manner of comics-related wares. Local retailers like Forbidden Planet and Gosh! along visitors from the States like Mile High Comics and High Grade Comics means they’ll be plenty of back issues available to plug the gaps in collections, while publishers like Avatar, Boom! and IDW also make the journey across the pond. We’re still waiting for Marvel and DC to join them, and since Kapow ended its brief run I don’t think they’ve really been out in force at any of the UK conventions. Perhaps 2015??
Last, but by no means least, there are the cosplayers. Oh yes, the cosplayers! An integral part of the joy of LSCC is the parade of guys and girls dressed up as the favourite comic book character, from the tiny minority who put barely any effort into it (a Punisher t-shirt and dark trousers just isn’t trying!) to the majority who go all out to stun the attendees with some wonderfully creative (and surely incredible uncomfortable in some cases!) costume designs! 2014 sees the inaugural London Super Costume Championship being rolled out which makes me wonder if us plain clothes types will be few and far between!
I’ll leave you with the video our man Dan H put together following last year’s event (the one which has kept the PCG logo on the front page of the LSCC website for a good long while too!) as a reminder that, while it may be the relatively new kid on the block, the London Super Comic Con has already made a significant impact on the UK fanboy community…