UK CON ROUNDUP: First wave of LICAF and Thought Bubble 2023 guests

UK CON ROUNDUP: First wave of LICAF and Thought Bubble 2023 guests

Highlights of British comics Worldwide Lakes Comics Pageant (LICAF) And thought bubble have introduced their first wave of friends for 2023 – together with additional perception into different UK cons and festivals happening within the coming months.

LICAF 2023 – The primary friends of David McKean, Nick Sulek (clumsy yeti), Lucie Lomova And Mohammad Salah, from Britain, the US, the Czech Republic and Egypt proceed the pageant’s pattern of emphasizing worldwide comics. The LICAF 2023 pageant poster was additionally designed by Mohamed Salah.

Mohamed Salah’s poster for LICAF 2023

LICAF mentioned:

“We’re delighted to disclose our first friends for our annual gathering this fall (Friday September 29 – Sunday October 1) – and the haunting artwork of this yr’s pageant by Egyptian comedian ebook creator, Mohamed Salah.”

LICAF pageant director Julie Tate mentioned:

“We’ve got a bunch of surprises in retailer for this yr’s Pageant. Not only a nice lineup of numerous, world-spanning comedian creators, however reveals, children’ stuff to spark the creativeness, and way more.

Talking in regards to the design of his LICAF 2023 poster, multimedia artist Mohamed Salah mentioned:

“I considered the Pageant poster as a celebration of tales. Tales, I consider, are the closest now we have to a collective reminiscence, a bridge connecting our previous and our future. I wished to seize the “sense of surprise” that makes them precisely that. »


“And to have a phenomenal lake, after all!”

LICAF 2023 will happen on a barely earlier date than in earlier years – shifting from a a lot later (and wetter) date in October to the weekend on the finish of September, as soon as once more in Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria.

In 2022 LICAF moved from Kendal to Bowness-on-Windermere for its tenth anniversary. With a brand new venue, there have been some start-up points which appear the pageant has taken to coronary heart and made some changes for 2023.

In line with LICAF pageant director Julie Tate:

“We’re focusing extra on fewer areas throughout town this yr…constructing on the expertise of final yr, our first yr in a brand new location.”

Over 90 creators and exhibitors have already been introduced for the pageant’s Comics Market which might be seen here.

THOUGHT BUBBLE 2023which takes place yearly in Harrogate, introduced its first wave of friends for the 2023 conference, scheduled for the weekend of November 11-12.

North American designers Jeff Lemire, ND Stevenson, Molly Knox Ostertag, And Natalie Andrewson will be a part of the British John Wagner, Dapo Adeola, Sonia Leong, Zoe Thorogood And Christian quarter.

Thought Bubble 2023 hasn’t introduced any exhibitors but, however it seems like this yr has seen its highest variety of apps – reportedly round 900.

In a social media post in February, Thought Bubble mentioned:

“Functions for the 2023 comedian ebook conference at the moment are closed! We’re completely blown away to say that now we have almost 900 (NINE! HUNDRED) purposes… which is far more than ever!!

“So thrilling to see so a lot of you superb creators, together with MANY new names.”

Whichever exhibitors make their strategy to the desk this weekend, it is certain to be one other vacation spot occasion.

Macclesfield’s MACC-POW! returns and introduced its full visitor checklist for the July 1-2 weekend.

Visitors embody Lew Stringer, Alson Sampson, David Leach, Nick Brokenshire, Tor Freeman, Mollie Ray, Sonia Leong, Kev Sutherland, Roger Langridge, Laura Howell, Sayra Begum, Nigel Parkinson and Nika, Sarah Grayley, Graphic Drugs, Jim Smith, Stanley Chow, And Anna Morozova.

In a Facebook post, Mac-Pow! mentioned:

“Throughout our pageant weekend (and actually just a few days earlier than) these superb creators from all over the world can be coming to Macclesfield in a wide range of methods. From promoting and signing their work to artwork reveals, in-store appearances, library and college excursions, and even a comic book ebook and occasional tour throughout city, the MACC -POW this yr! guarantees to be our greatest, and maybe most artistic and eclectic but!”

The pageant has taken place yearly since 2016 in Macclesfield, Cheshire (barring a pandemic-induced break).

Lawless Comic-Con descended as soon as extra on Bristol on 27 and 28 Could. It has fairly the vary of traditional British comedian ebook names. It is going to additionally function a pop-up exhibition of artwork by Steve Dillon, curated by the late artist’s household.

Dave Gibbons, Chris Weston, John Wagner, John Higgins, and extra. In the event you’re a fan of 2000 AD previous to current, that is absolutely one for the calendar.

A fan-run occasion, Lawless has been round since 2014 and continues to go from energy to energy.

MCM London Comic Con is not far off and he already has a bunch of comedian ebook friends already introduced.

Alan Davis, Gilbert Hernandez, Jock, John J. Pearson, Lee Garbett, Martin Simmonds, Meghan Fitzmartin, Mike Perkins, Ram V, Tula Lotay, And Zoe Thorogood are confirmed for the weekend of Could 26-28.

The Birmingham version of MCM continues to be TBD, however a minimum of the bi-annual London present continues.

June 3 and 4 mark the return of Portsmouth Comic-Con. The occasion has been round for just a few years now and is growing constructive phrase of mouth.

Comedian ebook friends embody: Esad Ribic, Dave McKean, Pepe Larraz, Anna Morozova, Gary Erskine, Alison Sampson, Laura Watton, Andy Fanton, Clark Bint, Marc Laming, And Worm…with extra to announce.

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