Only Two Weeks To Go!

We’re on the home stretch. SCGC 2018 is just around the corner. Are you panicking yet? I’m not panicking! Stop panicking!

Let us recap all of the wonderful and interesting and wonderful things that’ll be on offer at this years show:

To kick things off, the evening before the event, we’ll be hosting a ‘Movie & Pizza Night’ at Cinema & Co. where you can hang out with us, eat pizza and watch The Transformers: The Movie (1986).

Then, on the day we will have 50+ guests, vendors and exhibitors; including big name artists, indie comic creators, illustrators, comics and collectibles vendors, cosplay guests, arts and crafts stalls, indie game creators, retro video game vendors and a selection of authors.

Waterstones will be making a welcome return!

Swansea’s own Gamers’ Emporium and Swansea Comics Collective will be there, rocking their stuff, too.

We also have a range of free activities for you;

We will be running two Cosplay Competitions. One being a craftsmanship competition where costumes will be marked by our team of judges Tasha from Sew Swansea, Iron Warrior Cosplays Dyfrig Griffiths, and Russell from Cosbont. There will also be our ever popular Cosplay Masqurade competition for those who just want to show off their costume and have a good time.

Various panels, covering a wide base of fandom, will be held throughout the day in our lovely new panel room. Come along, take a load off and listen in on the experts.

Various display teams will be on hand to show you the ropes when it comes to card, table-top and war gaming. One such display team will be Warlord Games which will be lead by none other than Andy Chambers! The learning will also come courtesy of Asmodee UK, Swansea University Role Play Society, and Swansea Wargames and Boardgames Club. Plus, a team of volunteers from Gamers’ Emporium will be running Magic: The Gathering demonstration games all day.

Tickets can be purchased from The Gamers’ Emporium, The Comix Shoppe, Or Cinema & Co. Swansea.

Exhibitor Spotlight: Doodlecurls & Betwixt

We caught up with Bryony and Beth a.k.a Doodleculrs and Betwixt to get a little more info about them both and what they will be bringing to SCGC2018, check out their blurb below:

Hi we are two animators and illustrators. Our table will have a wonderful variety, especially for the fantasy lovers. Will will also be taking commissions on the day.
There will be a nice and beautiful variety of comics/zines. Such as Swap, the genderswap zine on popular media. The Charity Doggo Zine, an illustration collection of dog art from 67 artists and all for charity. Our Story So Far, the journey of 3 animators getting into the animation industry. Lost Light, a beautiful comic that focuses on the effects of light pollution and our relationship with nature and night skies. There will also be an amazing variety of A4 posters and prints of original art and fan-art. Adorable witch-themed stickers and beautifully handcrafted wands and D&D themed magnets.

Exhibitor Spotlight: Trev Burgess

For today’s Exhibitor Spotlight we Spoke to Trev Burgess from Film 42 about their comic.

Myth of the K’inti is a new series of comic books describing a vast new realm of creation and alternate realities, which reawaken a group of youngsters’ imaginations. Check us out at https://www.film42.tv/ or find the books and posters at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/film42ComicShop

The comic has been a labour of love for myself, originally outlining the concept some 20 years ago.
Aimed at a younger audience (9+ to 99+), I hope to entertain an age group often left in the space between child and adult comics. In creating different realities, We have tried to create new visual styles with each new domain, the artwork evolving with each page turn.

Book one opens with a simple tale of a young group of friends meeting in their local café, overseen by Henry, the patriarchal owner. Part one introduces a strange young boy who fascinates and draws them in with tales of adventure and mystery. The newcomer creates an unsettling atmosphere with his stories and visions, highlighting the unease each teenager has with themselves, their friends and the adult world they have yet to acknowledge.

As part two quickly reveals, the protagonist, Timo, harbours ulterior motives. It is possible that the youngsters’ imaginations are being manipulated and used as a conduit for Timo, enabling him to reach alternate dimensions, through dream states created by his stories.

As we reach the climax of book one, new characters from other realities are revealed and relationships established. Timo leads the reader in another direction, pursuing his adversary and seeking answers. Throughout there are hints of a larger story arc, to be covered by five future books in the series.

I am the author of the series, as well as a Cinematographer & Director, with 35 years’ experience in TV and Dom Tsoi is the illustrator. Dom recently graduated from university, beginning a career as a hugely talented artist. We are both based in South Wales, UK. He can be found at https://www.domtsoi.com. Checkout his exhibition in March-April in Cardiff at http://www.thesho.co.uk/

We have grown as a creative partnership over the course of two comics and have begun to expand the characters and their world. We are both passionate about the style and quality of Timo, I believe we have created some great imagery and enough intrigue to encourage the reader to follow us in the series.
Funded totally by myself, I hope to promote the complete Book One (Parts 1 & 2) and gain a following to fund the other stories.

My intention has always just been to share my vision of a fascinating new world. It is my hope that it appeals to anyone, young and old, who loves to dream and who also never intends to grow up.

Our stand features Part one and two of the comic, but we also bring a selection of posters based on the book, limited edition T-shirts by the lovely lads at https://www.sickts.co.uk/ and if all goes well, some special jewellery from the series.

Swing by and say hi to me & Dom when you visit!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Peter James Maggs

Peter James Maggs is an all ages cartoonist. He is the creator of ‘The Many Strange Cases of Ghost Jones’, a supernatural detective comic about the weird crimes that happen in the small town of Gloomshire. He has also created a variety of other mini comics and zines about all manner of supernatural creatures, from the everyday lives of werewolves to the adventures of a peculiar forest creature.

Exhibitor Spotlight: Andy Wright/Real Tidy Design

 

Andy has over twenty years experience in the game industry working for companies such as Codemasters, Acclaim and Deadline Games.
Andy now works as a freelance illustrator for companies such as Posthuman Studios as well as taking bespoke personal commissions.

Last year Andy took the leap into comics with a his Steampunk themed ‘The Zodiac Set & The Wondrous Exhibition’, which incorporates
game elements for the reader to discover hidden lines of text.

Excerpt from the comic…

Marred by the loss of Sir Tarquin Ramsbottom III, feared dead in his fateful expedition to Mars; this was, never the less, the most amazing event
ever to be held in the Queen’s Capital.

Gentle Adventures, ladies and men alike will share their stories over cucumber sandwiches and magic lantern slides Lord D. Montague will present his misadventures
in Egypt, while Miss Thomasina Kettle will try and explain the intricacies of time travel- through the use of her invention the Temporal Experimental Adjustable Brew Augmentation Gizmo.

This, the journal of young Lady Green, now fellow member of the Zodiac Set, chronicles the Exhibition, and the trouble she had with what she saw.
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It is hard to believe it was 3, short years, later that the world was mired in The Steam Wars, fought with horrific boiler engines. However
dear reader read closer, and buried in the text are messages, hidden from the average reader: cyphers and clues to the origins of the Steam
Wars, and an event so terrible that an entire reality was threatened.

Andy can be found on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/RealTidyDesign/

Guest Spotlight: Jenika Ioffreda

As we get closer to SCGC2018 we thought we’d give you a taste of some of the things to expect on the the day, by shining a spotlight on the exhibitors you’ll be able to see at the Convention. First up we have the amazingly talented Jenika Ioffreda!

Jenika ioffreda is the creator of “Vampire Free Style”, award nominated and self-published comic book series about a black cat in a world of vampires, magic and witches.
The series has sold over 5,000 copies in comic conventions over Europe, has been praised by reviewers, has a loyal following and has been requested as a set dressing for “This Must Be The Place” movie.

Pages and illustrations from the series have been displayed at Brent Museum in London.
Jenika took part to different comic book projects, including the “Kapow! Guinness World Record Special” – a project by Marvel which broke two Guinness World Record as the fastest comic book ever produced and the biggest number of creators working on a single comic – and “City Stories”, an international comic project conducted by Lodz Cultural Centre and the British Council.

Her works have been also used for merchandising, cd covers and musical theatre.
Jenika is an extremely active presence in the European comic conventions circuit with more than 180 convention attendances over the years.
She is currently self-publishing a new comic book series “Midnight Tea”: the adventures of a 19th century girl who can see ghosts.

During SCGC 2018 she will be selling her comics and merchandising, also she will be taking commissions and draw portraits of people in comic book style.

Her official website is http://www.neptunefactory.com
http://www.facebook.com/vampirefreestyle
http://www.facebook.com/midnightteaseries