Home Con News LSCC 2015: London Super Comic Convention adds second wave of Special Guests...
London Super Comic Convention, taking place at the ExCel in London next March, already has some impressive attractions to bring fans to the Capital next year. However, over the Halloween weekend, organisers updated their Special Guest list, adding some stellar names from the world of comics and cosplay, including the likes of Neal Adams, Mark Brooks, Stephanie Hans and David Gibbons.
Adams will be joining fellow U.S. industry legend John Romita, Jr, who is already confirmed as a headline Featured Guest for this event, and will be racking up the airmiles alongside acclaimed Marvel cover artist Mark Brooks, legendary Iron Man writer Bob Layton and esteemed horror artist/storyboarder Mike Ploog.
Dave Gibbons, fresh off his recent appointment as the UK’s first Comics Laureate, will feature alongside fellow Alan Moore collaborator David Lloyd over the course of the weekend, with Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, award-winning artist Gary Frank and Elephantman/Revenge artist Ian Churchill also representing the home-grown talent, thankfully avoiding all that unholy flying nonsense.
London Super Comic Convention is billed as ‘the UK’s biggest and most exciting comic convention’ and one of the few events taking place in the UK comic con calendar that does actually still focus primarily on comics, with over 20,000 rabid fans making the journey to that there London and featuring exhibitors travelling from across the globe to fill the 100,000 square foot ExCel venue. Tickets are currently available for this event – best get hold of yours, sooner rather than later, as demand is usually very high.
The second wave of LSCC Special Guests, as unveiled on the events Facebook page, are, in alphabetical order:
NEAL ADAMS is a multiple award winner which has helped define some of the biggest names in the industry. Most known for his influential work on Batman, Superman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and the X-Men, Adams has amassed a tremendous amount of material in the span of his fifty-year career. During this time he has served as a writer, editor, and publisher as well as an illustrator. Adams is an inductee into both the Will Eisner and Jack Kirby Halls of Fame, and is a long-time advocate for creators rights. Other works include Brave and the Bold, Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, Strange Adventures, and Detective Comics.
MARK BROOKS is a Marvel-exclusive artist known most recently for his cover art on a variety of titles such as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man, New Avengers, Secret Avengers, and A+X.
He is currently the monthly cover artist for Deadpool having recently completed an acclaimed run as cover artist for the Marvel Now series, Fearless Defenders. Before this, he completed a successful arc as the cover artist for the popular series X-Men Legacy as well as illustrating an issue of AvX: Consequences and Young Avengers with Paul Cornell. Other recent interior work includes Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega miniseries, the critically acclaimed Uncanny X-Force with Rick Remender, and Thor 620.1.
Marvel’s new Ant Man series in the New Year will feature covers by Brooks. Then in April he will be providing the covers for Marvel’s new Star Wars: Kanan series.
GARY ERSKINE is a comic book artist living in Glasgow, who has been illustrating comic books for over twenty years. He has contributed character designs and storyboards for television, commercials and games development as well teaching creative workshops for schools and libraries. Erskine has drawn 2000AD’s Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, The Authority, The Filth, and Dan Dare. More recently he has been concentrating on his own creator-owned series titled Roller Grrrls.
GARY FRANK began working for Marvel UK in the 1990s on Motormouth and Killpower. From there he moved to The Incredible Hulk for Marvel. Then came Supergirl for DC and Gen13 for Wildstorm, before trying his hand at creator-owned work withKin for Top Cow, where he also worked onMidnight Nation with J. Michael Straczynski. Returning to Marvel with J. Michael Staczynski, they worked together on Supreme Power and Squadron Supreme, and then Hulk and a couple of issues of Avengers with Geoff Johns. Gary then followed Geoff to DC, where they worked together on Action Comics, Superman: Secret Origin, Batman Earth One, and Shazam!. He is currently working as a cover artist for both DC and Marvel, his most recent work being Action Comics, Hulk, and Earth 2.
DAVE GIBBONS established himself in underground comics and fanzines in Britain before becoming a frequent contributor to the seminal 2000AD, illustrating Harlem Heroes, Dan Dare and co-creating Rogue Trooper. Since then, he has drawn and written for most comics publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has encompassed Dr Who, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Captain America, Dr Strange, Hulk, Predator and Aliens. With writer Frank Miller he co-created Give Me Liberty and Martha Washington Goes To War.Watchmen, his collaboration with writer Alan Moore, is the best-selling graphic novel ever published and became a major motion picture. His autobiographical graphic novel The Originals won an Eisner Award. His recent work has involved consultancy on motion books for the MADEFIRE app and other ground-breaking storytelling technologies.
STEPHANIE HANS is a French freelance illustrator who learnt her craft at the world famous Ecole des Arts Decoratifs de Strasbourg. Her first published work was for the graphic novel Galathea (2004). Hans then went on to illustrate numerous covers for most of the mainstream French young adult publishers including Hachette. More recently she has been working as a cover artist for a number of US Comic Book publishers, most notably Marvel but also for Boom, Dynamite Entertainment, Dark Horse and IDW. Her work as a cover artist has included titles such as Journey into Mystery, Suicide Risk, Tomb Raider, New Mutants, The Amazing Spider-Man, Original Sin, Thor and most recently Death of Wolverine, Guardians of the Galaxy and Storm.
BOB LAYTON is a visionary creator, writer, artist and entrepreneur. His critically acclaimed run on Marvel’s Iron Man saved the title and heavily influenced the popular films. Layton also launched the first mini-series in comics’ history, and revived the original X-Men characters with his X-Factor series. Elements of the successful video game Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (Acclaim) were developed by Layton at Valiant Comics, and he later formed Future Comics. Recently, Layton turned his attention to film and television with screenplays like The Helix and Mettle for Edward James Olmos Productions and scripting for Nickelodeon’s Iron Man Armored Adventures. Upcoming releases include the Odyssey Pictures film Shambler and graphic novel Colony (IDW).
DAVID LLOYD is the well-known illustrator and co-creator of the globally successful, V For Vendetta. He’s also worked on theHellblazer series, Aliens, Global Frequency, War Stories, and many other projects. His acclaimed crime graphic novel, Kickback, is now available as an app from Panel Nine with all kinds of extras including a commentary.
Currently he edits and publishes an exclusively digital comic art magazine, Aces Weekly – www.acesweekly.co.uk – which features top talent from around the world. He also helps manage the educational website, Cartoon Classroom –www.cartoonclassroom.co.uk – which aims to centralise all information available on the study of cartooning and sequential art in Britain and Ireland.
CLAY MANN is currently working as a cover artist for Marvel and DC Comics. His recent work includes such titles as Batgirl and Batman Eternal for DC along with the newAxis event for Marvel. Clay also provides the monthly interiors to Valiant Comics re-launch of Ninjak. His past works and highlights include: Gambit (2012), X-Necrosha (2010), Magneto: Not A Hero #1-#4, X-Men Legacy: Emplate, X-Men Legacy: Collision, X-Men: Age of X, X-Men: Prelude to Schism, Dark Reign: Elektra, Thor: Ages of Thunder, Thor: Man of War andHeroes For Hire: Ahead of the Curve.
SVETLANA QUINDT aka KAMUI COSPLAY is an acclaimed costume and prop designer, author, panelist and commissioner from Germany. With over 12 years of experience and a never ending passion for elaborate armour designs she has already created many award winning costumes and has been invited to countless big events all over America, Europe and Asia where she judges, hosts panels or teaches her craft in one of her amazing workshops. Svetlana Quindt is well known for her detailed armour costumes from World of Warcraft, Diablo, and League of Legends as well as for introducing the material Worbla to the world, which has since taken the international cosplay community by storm. She finds the greatest pleasure in passing on her own techniques through countless tutorials, workshops and lately became the author and publisher for her own series of how-to-make Cosplay tutorial books.
TAKI SOMA is a writer and artist, based in Portland, who frequently collaborates with her husband Michael Oeming. She has produced web comics and co-writtenRapture from Dark Horse Comics, pencilled Mice Templar and featured as a character herself in the Michael Bendis all-ages graphic novel, Takio. She and Oeming have co-created new title Sinergy coming out in November 2014 from Image and she is the colourist on Michael Bendis’s crime title, Murder Inc.