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COMIC EXPO 2006

Saturday May 13th - Sunday May 14th, 2006.
Empire & Commonwealth Museum Exhibition Hall and
the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Bristol.

May 2006 saw another successful weekend for the annual Bristol International Comic Expo with at least 2000 attendees (final figure to be confirmed). Congratulations and appreciation to event organiser Mike Allwood and his team for putting on the Expo which, as ever, had an upbeat friendly atmosphere throughout.

As always, it was a pleasure to be a guest and meet up with readers and friends old and new.

Next year's Bristol event is already booked for the weekend of May 12th-14th 2007 at the same venues.

Click here to visit the official Comic Expo website!

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Above:

LUTHER AWKRIGHT creator Bryan Talbot (centre, standing behind table), V FOR VENDETTA artist David Lloyd (white shirt, at right of picture), and other comic creators,readers and exhibitors mingle in the informal atmosphere of the huge Empire & Commonwealth Exhibition Hall.

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Above:

1: A busy crowd check out the exhibitor's tables on the Saturday afternoon.

2: Mike Collins, comic strip artist for DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE sketching for the fans.

3: Leah Moore and John Reppion, writers of ALBION and WILD GIRL.

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Above:

1: Rod Barzilay, publisher of SPACESHIP AWAY, the current home for brand new Dan Dare stories!

2: Geoff Senior, Simon Furman, and Andrew Wildman on the TRANSFORMERS panel.

3: The irrepressible Kev F Sutherland "out of The BEANO".

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Above:

1: Frode, Johnny, and Kristina, organizers of the Norwegian RAPTUS comics festival.

2: Long established comics artist John M Burns (The Seekers, Modesty Blaise, Nikolai Dante etc).

3: Combat Colin fan Graham Pearce selling his small press comic SGT. MIKE BATTLE.

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Above:

1: Signing and sketching duties for me and Doug Braithwaite, artist on DC Comics' JUSTICE.
(Photo David Hine).

2: Designer/artist Rian Hughes and STAR TREK MAGAZINE editor John Freeman.

3: Small press publisher Sean Azzopardi and the creator of Derek the Sheep (BEANO) Gary Northfield.

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Above:

1: New HELLBOY artist Duncan Fegredo chats with Charlie Adlard, artist of THE WALKING DEAD in the hotel bar.

2: JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE artist Colin MacNeil shows off his work.

3: DANDY artist Dave Windett roams the exhibition hall.

For details of the 2007 event visit www.comicexpo.net

COMICS COME TO BRIGHTON

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Had a great time at the BRIGHTON COMIC EXPO (November 19th - 20th 2005, Seafront Hilton, Brighton). The UK's largest comic convention, it was an enjoyable weekend of high spirits, catching up with old friends, and meeting the readers, - including a Dalek who admitted to being a fan of "Pete and His Pimple" and asked me to put him in "Robo Capers"! Endorsed by a Dalek, - it doesn't get any better than that!

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