NICEcon 2014 Big name guests, small scale con. Steven Ellis reports.
NICEcon 2014 was a great convention and the entire weekend really felt like a comic lover’s playground. The whole event had a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, and considering this event is only in its third year the organisers certainly have a talent for drawing a good range of guests.
An impressive crowd of comic creators were on hand, from The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard and Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra through to writer Garth Ennis and cover artist extraordinaire Adi Granov. As well as these big names there was a good mix of smaller and independent creators, making for an excellent selection of talent and it really felt like there was something for everyone.
All the artists and writers attending were happy to chat as well as give autographs and sketches; many were also selling original art and taking paid commissions. The con schedule featured panels throughout both days which included discussions and interviews with various guests about their work.
Here’s hoping that NICE goes from strength to strength and continues to grow – although we hope it doesn’t grow too much, because right now the organisers have a great balance of big names with a small intimate aesthetic and that really does makes for a satisfying convention experience. http:// www. nicecon. co. uk