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Wow Comix Presents – British Comic Fest 2022! – Stockport Merseyway Shopping Centre – Saturday, August 20th

That’s right folks, if you didn’t know already, we here at Wow Comix LOVE British Comics! And we know we are far from alone, as so many of you have previously attended our Beano days at one of our stores before, it was always a no-brainer to do something like it again! So here it is, Saturday, 20th of August! Mark it down!

British Comic Fest is a free-to-the-public Comic Convention presented by Wow Comix Event in association with the Merseyway Shopping Centre. There will be free activities, trader stalls, and a chance to meet artists and writers from the nation’s favorite comics!

To keep up with the goings-on in the lead-up to the event, make sure you are following our socials! In particular, our events page for the British Comic Fan Fest, Which you can find here!, our Wow Comix Stockport Facebook page! and you can get further updates from Wow Comix World on Facebook and Twitter!

Let’s take a look at who we have announced so far!


Nigel Parkinson

Well, we could not have a British Comics Fan event without Nigel Parkinson could we?!

Nigel is of course the very popular artist of Dennis The Menace and we are delighted to announce he will be attending Beano Fan Fest in August.

If you are looking for a unique gift how about some original artwork from a British comics legend!


Lew Stringer

Come along and meet Lew Stringer. Lew is one of the legends of the British comic industry, having produced hundreds of fantastic cartoon strips in a career spanning four decades. His work has regularly appeared in Beano and Dandy. Lew is also the creator of such fondly remembered characters as Combat Colin (for Marvel UK) and Brickman.


Laura Howell

We are pleased to announce that appearing at British Fan Fest is Laura Howell.

In 2006 Laura became the first woman to draw for the Beano and is currently the artist in charge of everyone’s favorite pigtailed powerhouse, Minnie the Minx. She has also drawn and written for many publications including Viz, The Dandy and comic adaptations of Angry Birds.


Steve Yeowell

We are absolutely delighted to announce that British Comics legend Steve Yeowell will be joining us for British Comic Fest on Saturday 20 August.

Steve’s first professional work was with Grant Morrison on licensed toy series “Zoids” in the pages of Marvel UK weekly Spiderman and Zoids before moving on to 2000AD where he drew the superhero series Zenith. He has also worked on Judge Dredd, Sinister Dexter and many other strips for 2000AD.

His American work includes Batman, Legends of the Dark Knight for DC Comics, where he has also drawn among others The Atom and The Invisibles. For Marvel he drew Skrull Kill Krew.


Nika Nartova

We are very pleased to say that artist Nika Nartova will be joining British comic Fan Fest. Nika regularly works as the colourist on Dennis The Menace as well as Beano covers and various other strips in the comic.

Nika is based in Liverpool and has worked as colourist for Nigel Parkinson for over 15 years. Come along and see her super fast colouring style at work.


Marc Jackson

Joining Beano Fan Fest is the creator of Beano character Lenny The Lettuce, our good friend Mr Marc Jackson.

Marc is well known to many within the comic industry and fandom for his many quirky characters, his work on Beano, and as an undiscovered rap star!!

Marc is also the creative mind behind Macc-Pow comic arts festival which will be happening soon. Check the Macc-Pow pages for full details of guests and events and start times.


Brian M. Clark and John JJ Jackson

Come and meet the wonderful Brian m. Clark and John Jackson, who are the guys behind The Mancunian, Manchester’s very own superhero! They will be launching the latest issue and have done a wonderful surprise comic strip just for us. See below!


We have more announcements on the way so keep one eye open! We also have some trader tables available! If you would like to book one, please email info@wowcomix.com!

Hopefully we will see you there!


Stretford Comic Fest – Saturday 9th October 2021


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…


Marc Jackson

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

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.

http://www.rachaelsmith.org/


John Jackson & Brian M Clarke


 Brian M Clarke (Crikey!Mancunian ); John Jackson (Albert the Mouse, Cyborg GerbilsCount DuckulaMancunian) 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 DandyStarblazer, for IPC on Jinty and Buster); Alessandro GiampaelettiKev F Sutherland (Oink!BeanoViz2000ADStar TrekDoctor Who Adventures); Dave Windett (The DandySpookytownInspector Gadget, Tiny Toons); Joe Matthews (The BeanoLooney TunesTom & Jerry ComicBob The Builder); Chris MatthewsMike Collins (Marvel Comics, DC Comics, 2000ADDoctor Who); and Marc Jackson (BeanoAces WeeklyComic Heroes magazineComic 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.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bhuna/killing-moon-fantasy-graphic-novel


Victoria Bates

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”.

https://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Bates/e/B079MFGVRH%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share


David Leach

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.

https://twitter.com/davidleach2000?lang=en


Nathan Head

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.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2368987/



Colin Mathieson

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.

He is currently hard at work on his Zulu Wars graphic novel about which you can find out more at https://momentsof adventure.blogspot.co.uk.


Willie Coppen

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.


Liam Mulvey

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.


Dan Whitehead

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.
https://twitter.com/DanWritehead?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor


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 – info@wowcomix.com