(illustration by Cuttlefish)
The second Canny Comic Con happens on December 8th (10am-5pm) at Newcastle City Library. It describes itself sweetly as “a little festival of comics and sequential art, held in Newcastle” and by all reports had a great first event last year.
Last year they had a small but impressive guest list including Bryan Talbot, Nigel Auchterlounie, Gary Erskine, Al Ewing, Doug Braithwaite, and many more. This year they’re announcing guests soon along with a small events list. And entry is completely free
Meanwhile, 100 miles south, the 5th Leeds Alternative Comics Fair is taking place…
8th December, 12 to 5pm, A Nation Of Shopkeepers, Leeds. Again, completely free entry, lots of specially invited artists (both veterans and newcomers to LCAF).
“The Leeds Alternative Comics Fair returns for its 5th outing on Saturday 8th December, and this time it’s got a distinctly seasonal theme. We’re encouraging everyone to ditch the Christmas shopping and discover a haven of creativity and inspiration from some of the finest artists in the North (and beyond), and there will be plenty of unique and unusual comics, art and crafts that will make great gifts. Once again, it’ll take place at A Nation of Shopkeepers, a spacious bar that has proved to be the ideal venue with its great atmosphere, interesting food menu and well-stocked bar, and as usual we’ll be keeping it intimate in scale so that attendees can have a good look at everything on offer, and get to chat with the creators about their wares.
Exhibitors this time include ‘friends of LACF’ Gareth Brookes, James ‘Couk’ Downing, Kristyna Baczynski, Adam Cadwell, Andy ‘Hexjibber’ Sykes, plus organisers Steve Tillotson and Hugh Raine, and Sean Azzopardi will be exhibiting for the first time, along with more new faces to be announced soon.
It’s on from 12 noon until 5pm and as usual the event is completely free to enter, so come along, have a browse, a chat, a drink and a fish finger sarnie, and pick up some unique presents for your friends and family (and don’t forget to treat yourself of course!).”
As is usual with LACF, they have a couple of great posters…. Steve Tillotson (fighting Snowmen), Hugh Raine (presents and toddler)