The Standard at Glasgow Comic Con
June 25, 2012
This weekend, on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July, Glasgow Comic Con 2012 will be taking place at the Mackintosh Church Arts & Heritage Centre, at Garscube Road, just off Maryhill Road. Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural event in the same venue, this year’s Glasgow Comic Con returns bigger and better, expanded to 2 days, spread out across multiple halls, and with more A-list guests including comics legends Grant Morrison and Jim Starlin. And in amidst the festivities, I’ll be bringing (2-time SICBA nominee!) The Standard along for the ride!
This feels like a major homecoming from me. At this time last year, I was just a bewildered fan with a comic I’d made, too new to the comics scene to know anybody or even have a table at the con to sell my wares. Having The Standard nominated at the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards last year was my first “professional” experience in the comics world, my first peek at the other side of the curtain as I got to attend the awards party with all these creators whose work I admired and respected. I felt a bit like a gatecrasher or a blag artist even being there! Now, one year later, I get to return to Glasgow Comic Con, this time with my own table, selling The Standard.
Not just selling The Standard, either. No, I’m selling the world-premiere graphic novel The Standard, Volume 1, which collects the first 3 issues of my 6-issue miniseries. Comic fans in Glasgow will be able to get this book before anyone else in the world, and in my opinion that’s the least I could do. The Glasgow comic community has been so great in its support of this book, after all. I have a table at the Queen’s Cross Hall, where you’ll also be able to buy copies of GLoW 1, the first anthology of the Glasgow League of Writers.
If that’s not reason enough to attend Glasgow Comic Con, consider this: this year, attending the con on Saturday is the only way to vote in the SICBAs. I would really love your support, guys, so please, come to Glasgow Comic Con, and cast your vote. I’m nominated for Best Writer, and The Standard is nominated for Best Comic, with The Standard #3 as the submitted issue. There are plenty of other worthy nominees, so it might turn out you want to vote for one of their wonderful books, but either way you should attend and cast a vote if you can!
Now, the big question: how do you get tickets for Glasgow Comic Con? There will be a limited number of tickets on sale at the door, depending on availability. But if you want to ensure your place at the con, tickets are now available from these four shops in Glasgow:
- Comics by Post
- City Centre Comics
- Plan B Books
- The Shop of Interest
Here’s all the ticket info:
For more info on Glasgow Comic Con, including a full guest list, a schedule of events for the day, and directions on how to get to the venue, visit the official site.
I’m really excited about this coming weekend. I’m sure it’s going to be absolutely great, and it would be even better if I could see some of you guys there. Come along, have a great geeky day out, pick up your world-exclusive copy of The Standard, Volume 1 and vote in the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards. Show your love for The Standard, and for Scottish comics!