Lon­don Su­per Comic Con

14- 15 March 2015, ExCeL An ExCeL- ent week­end at a busy Lon­don Su­per Comic Con

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Most con­ven­tions evolve over time, the bet­ter ones change for the bet­ter. Lon­don Su­per Comic Con seems to have learnt well from pre­vi­ous shows – this year’s was by far the busiest and also the most en­joy­able since it be­gan four years ago.

In the past the show has strug­gled to fill the echo­ing hall at the ExCeL in Lon­don’s Dock­lands, but the new lay­out – along with a mas­sively ex­panded Artists’ Al­ley – made things feel al­most cosy in such a large venue.

LSCC has suc­ceeded in fos­ter­ing the com­mu­nity side of comics – the mix of the main­stream and the small press, all min­gled to­gether with­out be­ing shoved to one side, means a much broader ap­peal. Pre­vi­ous is­sues have been ironed out and – although the panel venues still need work – the staff were friendly, the queues were or­derly, and the at­mos­phere felt warmly pos­i­tive all week­end.

Make no bones about it – LSCC is not a comics gi­ant killer about to slay the cross- me­dia show be­he­moths, but it cer­tainly can lay claim to be­ing the big­gest con­ven­tion just for comics and the depth of the guest list shows that it is ma­tur­ing well; it used to have to pin its for­tunes on one or two big names, but that’s no longer the case. Join­ing Dave Gib­bons, John McCrea, David Mack, Art Adams, Garth En­nis and Neal Adams were the leg­endary Bill Sienkiewicz and Brian Bol­land, and de­spite Satur­day be­ing con­sis­tently jam- packed, queues never be­came tor­tur­ous.

Over four years LSCC has grad­u­ally found its feet and now that it has struck the right bal­ance it’s be­gin­ning to feel a lot like the UKCAC shows of the ’ 80s and ’ 90s. The main con­ven­tion sea­son is off to a brisk start and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see where LSCC goes from here. www. lon­don­super­comic­conven­tion.com

The se­cu­rity guards were kinda bru­tal…

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