Su­per­heroes head to first-ever Comic Con

Go­ing to have a Mar­vel-lous time with leg­ends at event

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Bat­man, Iron Man and Spi­der-Man are all head­ing for Ruther­glen.

There might even be a few crazed su­pervil­lains on the streets too, as the Town Hall pre­pares to wel­come the South La­nark­shire Comic Con for the first time.

The event will take place on Fe­bru­ary 4, and will fea­ture a host of comic book deal­ers, guests, pan­els and work­shops.

Or­gan­iser Ian Bonar, who was born in Ruther­glen and grew up in Farme Cross and Fern­hill, is look­ing for­ward to the show.

He said: “New­com­ers can ex­pect a friendly at­mos­phere that isn’t overly crowded and be­wil­der­ing.

“Think of some­thing like this as a in­tro­duc­tion to Comic Con but with­out the over­crowd­ing and masses of hard­core fans.

“I was born and raised in Ruther­glen so I’ve been keen to bring this to the town for a while.”

Guests on the day will have a Ru­glo­nian flavour, with Fern­hill wrestler Jack Jester, Judge Dredd artist Gary Ersk­ine, who grew up in Ruther­glen and Burn­side comic writer John Lees.

They will be joined by a Scot­tish comic le­gend in the shape of artist Frank Quitely, who has worked on ti­tles like Bat­man and X-Men.

And there will be a fair few char­ac­ters from comics, film and anime around, as a cos­play con­test will take place in the af­ter­noon, where fans dress up as their favourites.

That can lead to some in­ter­est­ing sights, ac­cord­ing to Ian.

“Some of my favourites have been the Iron Man cos­play­ers be­cause any cos­player that at­tempts to build an ar­moured suit nor­mally tends to be very tal­ented and a sight to be­hold.

“I’m sure there will be a few looks when Iron Man walks through Ruther­glen Main Street on a Satur­day morn­ing!”

Scot­land’s own comics scene has flour­ished over the years, with many writ­ers and artists like Grant Mor­ri­son, Mark Mil­lar and Alan Grant pen­ning sto­ries for pub­lish­ers like Mar­vel and DC.

Ian be­lieves that the amount of con­ven­tions and events in Scot­land are now en­cour­ag­ing even more lo­cals to get in­volved.

He said: “I be­lieve with the sheer vol­ume of events tak­ing place now it’s en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to try more than ever.

“Scot­land has pro­duced some of the best writ­ers and artists in the world and it has al­ways had its own scene.

“But, in the last five to seven years, it has grown to a new level.”

The South La­nark­shire Comic Con will take place on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 4.

Doors open at 10am and en­try is £1.

Maid of hon­ours Pre­vi­ous events have been a huge suc­cess

Dress­ing up An ar­ray of colour­ful char­ac­ters will be on show

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