Glasgow Comic Con is an annual event which focuses on showcasing sequential art, hosting a wide range of established and up and coming creators from across the globe.
Now in its seventh year, the next show will take place at the Royal Concert Hall on July 1st, 2017.
Glasgow Comic Con began back in 2011 at The Mackintosh Church. The first comic book convention in Scotland for 15 years – or so the founders say, anyway – more than 600 fans turned up and the event sold out months in advance. It also launched the now annual Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards, often shortened to the decidedly catchier SICBA.
The convention first hosted local comic book heroes like Mark Millar, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely – the 2012 convention saw its first international guest in the form of American writer and artist Jim Starlin! – soon to be followed by a host of well-loved 2000AD creators including John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.
Glasgow Comic Con upgraded to the CCA in 2013, where it quickly spread, expanding into nearby venues, and paving the way for international comic book creators like Gail Simone to visit Scotland for the first time. It expanded into a festival of sorts, hosting workshops and film screenings in the week leading up to the convention.
Last year Glasgow Comic Con moved again – this time to the Royal Concert Hall – where it hopes to be able to cater to fans for years to come. Guests in 2016 included Marguerite Bennett, Kate Leth, David Aja, Dave Gibbons and Rachael Stott.
Meet the team
Nicola’s first experience working at comic book conventions was at Glasgow Comic Con in 2012 when she was asked to sell books during a Grant Morrison signing. She was so excited she introduced herself to him twice in the face of five minutes. Despite this, she went on to chair panels and round up comic creators for several more years before taking over running of the convention in 2016. If you receive an email beginning with “Sorry for the late reply”, it probably came from her.
Chris Bennett (@Chris_BCP)
Front of house coordinator
Chris is the friendly face at our box office and the guy who looks at you funny when you dump a suitcase full of books in front of a creator when there are 50 people behind you in the signing queue. Co-founder of the Big Comic Page, he is usually found reading comics and brewing coffee.
Sha founded Glasgow Comic Con in 2011, when there were just a handful of conventions in the city. (It’s safe to say that’s not the case anymore.) He is also the founding chair of the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance. Sha is the art director at BHP Comics – a publisher whose roster includes industry legends like John Wagner and Alan Grant – and a comic creator himself.