Hulkbuster

So after a 2 month (almost 3 month) hiatus while I rushed to create my Hulkbuster for London Film and Comic Con (LFCC) I'm back! So what better to start back with than a post about LFCC and how I got on with my grand ambition of creating a Hulkbuster. Making the Hulkbuster Originally I planned to start making the Hulkbuster from January until July which would give me just enough time to make it perfect. That did not happen... I started in May and just about finished to a standard that I was happy to take out into the world. Made primarily from cardboard and foam matts the finished cosplay was a massive 8 feet tall. As I'm not some sort of giant this means I was on stilts for this cosplay. Knowing from the start that I wanted ...

Unfortunately comic artists aren't all lucky enough to make it big just by putting pencil to paper even if they have the talent or drive to succeed. Becoming household names for many is destined to be a hard fought journey and for some it might be just out of reach. My hope is that for the guys I'm about to write about their dreams become a reality. The Swansea Comics Collective The origin story of The Swansea Comics Collective is as follows: They were formed in September 2008 by two blokes in a comic shop. Fed up with talking about creating comics but not putting pencil to paper often enough, Pete & Mark decided to start a group where local artists and writers could meet to collectively pursue this goal. They meet regularly and during their meetings a character or ...

MCM Birmingham

Over the summer as you probably know if you've been reading my blog, I took the opportunity to go to LFCC and it was epic. So when I saw that MCM Birmingham Comic Con was happening in November I thought I would try and apply for a press pass so I could afford it as I was already running a little low on funds post LFCC. As luck would have it I was awarded with one which I can probably thank being dedicated to posting this past year. So over this week I'll be doing 2-3 blog posts on MCM Birmingham and what I saw while I was there this Saturday starting with this one where I will be comparing it to LFCC from this summer. What is MCM Birmingham Comic Con? MCM Birmingham Comic Con is one of a ...

After many distractions it's finally time for the final LFCC post and what great timing for it with the release for next summer's tickets just around the corner! This will be a short post about the benefits that come with pre booking tickets to the event. By tickets I mean both the tickets to the actual event as those for photo shoots or signatures. These events are getting bigger every year so pre booking is becoming a necessity as bigger attractions (actors, directors, writers, sports stars etc.) come. This means that newbs (like I was this year) come when they haven't in the past. Stress This is not from prior experience but more common sense and what I saw this year from people who had made the mistake of not pre-booking entry tickets or tickets to the shoots/autographs they ...

LFCC 2014

Most people who go to conventions such as London Film and Comic Con go for the guests or the cosplay and some even go just to meet people who are just like them. Everyone can agree though that they all like to go to see what merchandise they can get from the convention that they can't find anywhere else. There were some amazing stalls there from big retailers like Forbidden Planet to small independents. However what I loved to see were the artists who were mixed in with the dealers and the comic book artists who were all in EC1. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk to a few of them and even get the contact details of a few of them. One massive surprise was meeting the artist of a piece of artwork that I ...

Stan Lee

As you've probably realised from my previous post or the title of this one, LFCC was a very special convention indeed. With the cultural phenomenon that is Stan Lee not only being the main attraction for it this year, but with it also being his last ever European convention appearance! Who is Stan Lee For those who somehow have lived in a box avoiding any sort of pop culture Stan Lee is one of the fewnay, none of his peers have been able to do in escaping the comic community to become a world wide pop culture icon! More recognisable than the artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko; with whom he co-created Marvel icons such as Spider-Man, The X-Men, Iron Man and Thor. Stan has been able to transcend from being just their writer to being the celebrity and cherished ...