Wow Comix are teaming up with Stretford Mall to bring the town’s first FREE ENTRY comic event on Saturday the 9th of October!
Fans of comic book pop culture will find lots of stalls showcasing comic book products and memorabilia, and there’ll be plenty of special guests appearing giving attendees the chance to hang out with some Sci-Fi stars for autograph sessions and pics.
Attendees will also be invited to get in on the ‘cosplay’ act via a competition for the best-dressed character. Families and fans are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite comic book character, superhero/villain or any pop culture icon and a cosplay winner will be judged on the day taking home the Best Dressed Comic Fest Crown and some fantastic prizes!
Here is a quick look at some of our special guests…
We are very pleased to announce a late addition to Stretford Comic Fest. Our good friend Marc Jackson will be joining us this Saturday.
Marc is a cartoonist from Macclesfield in Cheshire. He has created comics and characters for the BEANO, Aces Weekly, Comicscene and various other publications. His work will shortly be seen in the Phoenix.
Marc has created a comic in partnership with Able Child Africa, seeking to help disadvantaged children in Rwanda navigate basic hygiene issues and the Corona Virus.
Marc runs cartoon art workshops in Schools, Libraries and at different festivals. He is the man behind the very popular MACC-POW! comic art festival in his home town of Macclesfield and this year opened ROOM FOR COMICS, a creative space dedicated to the teaching and love of comic art.
Rachael Smith’s debut graphic novel House Party came out in 2014 with Great Beast Comics to critical acclaim. The Rabbit, released by Avery Hill Publishing in 2015, is her second graphic novel and was nominated for Best Book in the British Comic Awards 2014/15. Rachael is also the creator of Flimsy the Kitten and One Good Thing. She currently works with Titan Comics on her monthly strip for the Doctor Who comic series, and is working on her new webcomic, Bess, which launched November 2015. She lives in Hebden Bridge, in Yorkshire, in the UK.
John Jackson & Brian M Clarke
Brian M Clarke (Crikey!, Mancunian ); John Jackson (Albert the Mouse, Cyborg Gerbils, Count Duckula, Mancunian) are the creative force behind Wallop! Comics, which started after two self-published two issues of the new British superhero comic Mancunian.
They have also just released the fantasic Wallop! Annual, a 64 page book that is packed full of great entertainment for kids and ‘big kids’ alike, with features from Keith Robson (The Dandy, Starblazer, for IPC on Jinty and Buster); Alessandro Giampaeletti; Kev F Sutherland (Oink!. Beano, Viz, 2000AD, Star Trek, Doctor Who Adventures); Dave Windett (The Dandy, Spookytown, Inspector Gadget, Tiny Toons); Joe Matthews (The Beano, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry Comic, Bob The Builder); Chris Matthews; Mike Collins (Marvel Comics, DC Comics, 2000AD, Doctor Who); and Marc Jackson (Beano, Aces Weekly, Comic Heroes magazine, Comic Scene).
Neil ‘Bhuna’ Roch
Comic book artist and creator on a number of projects, most recently for Killing Moon Rises 1 – A 32 page full colour Sword & Sorcery comic from the team that brought you the award nominated Killing Moon.
For fans of fantasy fiction, up and coming young author Victoria Bates will be attending Stretford Comic Fest to sign copies of the first two instalments of her fantasy series “Regal”.
The Man behind cult favourite Psycho Gran will be joining the guests at both Bury and Stretford Comic Fests. David is one of our most experienced comic professionals having worked for both Marvel UK and US as well as many of the major UK publishing houses over the last 30 years.His work has appeared in publications as diverse as Toxic and The Sunday Times. He has written for Spiderman, Ren & Stimpy and numerous other strips. He is currently Senior Creative Editor at Titan Comics and is editor of the popular Blade Runner series. He has been the winner of “Come Dine With Me” on TV and recently designed an advertisement for Wow Comix featuring Psycho Gran.
Announced as appearing at both Bury Comic Fest and Stretford Comic Fest is actor Nathan Head. He is best known for his star roles in films Theatre of Fear and Exorcist Chronicals.The Manchester trained actor enjoyed success in the theater before being spotted and signed to the cast of thriller Archangel Murders. He has since enjoyed a successful career in film often involving the use of horror prosthetics, creature make up and special effects costumes.
Latest guest announced for Stretford Comic Fest is Colin Mathieson. Colin is best know for his Moments of Adventure series and his work with Accent UK comics.
You can even find some of his work down in the National Army Museum in London.
One for the Star Wars fans out there. Bury Comic Fest and Stretford Comic Fest have just added actor Willie Coppen to their guest lists.Willie is best known for Star Wars Episode V1: Return of the Jedi as well as various films and TV shows. He recently played the title character in the movie Perran which is currently in post production.
And the guests just keep coming. Actor Liam Mulvey will be attending both Bury and Stretford Comic Fests as a guest. Liam is best known for playing Libertus Ostium in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy Xv Comrades.He will be available for photos and autographs on the day.
Latest announcement from Stretford Comic Fest and Bury Comic Fest is that writer Dan Whitehead is joining the guest list for both events.Dan is a prolific writer whose work spans comics, games and television. He is the author of graphic novels Ella Upgraded, Frankenstein Texas and the upcoming Hex Loader. As well as developing his own projects he has also written for Star Wars, Minecraft and Looney Tunes.
If our Bury event last week was anything to go by then this should be a cracker too! We hope to see you there on Saturday! For more information or any questions please feel free to email us – firstname.lastname@example.org