NICE­con 2014 Big name guests, small scale con. Steven El­lis re­ports.

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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

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