| Mike Collins has been creating comics for over 25 years, starting on Spider-Man and Transformers for Marvel UK, he has worked for Marvel, DC, 2000AD and a whole host of other publishers. In that time he’s written or drawn pretty much all the major characters for each company- Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Flash, Teen Titans, X-Men (where he introduced Gambit to the Marvel Universe), Captain Britain, Judge Dredd, Slaine, Rogue Trooper, Darkstars, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt and more. He currently draws a series of noir crime fiction graphic novels –Varg Veum- in Norse. He is World Famous in Norway.
In recent years, Mike is perhaps best known for his work with the characters from BBC’s Doctor Who since the TV show’s triumphant return. He has the longest uninterrupted run as artist on the strip in Panini’s Doctor Who Magazine, and pencilled the debut stories of the first three new Doctors. He illustrated two successful BBC original Doctor Who graphic novels, and has drawn for the US IDW Doctor Who comic book series. Mike has also worked as a storyboard artist on the show since 2013 working closely with the directors. Mike has also illustrated a volume of Doctor Who merchandise – some of which has been featured in the Big Bang Theory!
To commemorate 50 years since the moon landing, Mike collaborated with Matt Fitch and Chris Baker to produce a full length graphic novel titled “Apollo” published by Self Made Hero, which has proved so popular it has already gone to a second print!
As well as Doctor Who, Mike has also storyboarded for Sherlock, , Class, Knightfall, Discovery of Witches, Warhammer 40K, Igam Ogam, Claude, Hana’s Helpline and Horrid Henry. As well as the soon to be released TV adaptations of Good Omens, and His Dark Materials.
Outside of comics he has provided graphics and/or storyboards for clients as diverse as the Daily Telegraph, Coca-Cola, Hyundai, Lifebuoy, Virgin Media and Colmans. Also venturing into the music industry, producing a music video for Agnetta and Gary Barlow and illustrating the cover art for Shy FX and T Power’s album “Set It Off”.
Mike is committed to using comics as an educational tool, running workshops in schools and libraries throughout Wales, targeting ‘reluctant learners’ and was heavily involved in the Read A Million Words In Wales initiative.
He’s also the creator of the first ever Welsh language graphic novel Mabinogi, a companion piece for the Cartwyn Cymru animated film of the Celtic myths.
The adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (script Sean Michael Wilson) for Classical Comics was cited as one of the top ten graphic novels of 2010 by The Sunday Times.
He garnered an improbable amount of publicity for drawing a comic based on the Royal Wedding, which -through an unlikely series of events- led him to cover the actual proceedings as a reporter for Dutch TV. No, really.
|Joe Glass is a writer and creator of LGBTQ+ superhero team comic series, The Pride. Based in South Wales, Joe has been a reporter and critic within the comics industry as well as a creator, and continues to create exciting new projects to come.|
|Patrick Goddard has worked extensively for the Galaxy’s Greatest comic. He has drawn Judge Dredd, Sinister Dexter, Grey Area, Aquila, Chopper and many more. He’s most known for his work on Savage with Pat Mills and recently drew the Sniper Elite comic of the video game for Rebellion.|
|Howard David Ingham has worked as a freelance writer of games and fiction for over 15 years. Howard’s got over 45 credits for White Wolf and Onyx Path (and was a key writer for Vampire: The Requiem, Promethean: The Created and Hunter: The Vigil) and has recently been writing for Green Ronin’s Modern AGE system. Their recent book We Don’t Go Back: A Watcher’s Guide to Folk Horror has been cited in at least three postgraduate theses over the last six months, is in the library of the British Film Institute and received a nomination for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards, which is nice. Howard has been a panellist and exhibitor at every SCGC since the event began in 2016 and is really looking forward to taking part again.|
|Rachael Smith is a comic artist and writer. She has created numerous, critically acclaimed comic books including House Party, Artificial Flowers, Wired Up Wrong, and The Rabbit, which was nominated for Best Book in the 2015 British Comic Awards, following her nomination for Emerging Talent the previous year. Rachael has also worked on Titan’s Doctor Who Comic series, and is a regular contributor to Empathize This, a website which gives a platform to marginalised voices through the medium of comics. Rachael lives in Hebden Bridge in the UK with her cat Rufus.|
|Dylan Teague has been working in comics for over 20 years. He’s done most of his work for 2000Ad and Judge Dredd the Megazine. He’s branched out into the French market, producing graphic novels for Delcourt and Kennes Editions.|
| Simon Wyatt (swyattart) is a Graphic Novelist, Comic Book Artist and Fantasy Illustrator with over 30 years experience, producing Cd & Album Cover Art, Book Illustration, Portraits, Cartoons and Caricatures (and has also created Concept Art for role-playing games and Iron Maiden’s design studio).
His published book illustrations have appeared in Haunted Maidstone and Cryptozoology In The Movies by Neil Arnold, The Real Men In Black and The Slenderman Mysteries: An Internet Urban Legend Comes to Life by Nick Redfern, Discovery Channel’s Unexplained Files (Episode 5 – The Mothman) and Paranormal Magazine in the UK.
Wyatt is a Stan Lee Award Winning Artist: (POW Entertainment’s Cataclysmic Comic Art Contest) and his Creator owned original Graphic Novel Series- ‘Unbelievable’ is Published by AAM/Markosia Publishing (Extreme Imprint) Wyatt has currently completed illustrating Raggedy Man Tales by GM Jordan.
Confirmed Exhibitors and Traders
Deadstar Publishing, are a small press publisher based in Cardiff. They formed in 2010 and over the past decade they’ve put out all kinds of weirdness like crime-fighting dolphins and comics about sentient zombies. Since they started, we’ve attended shows all over the UK and have put around 50 creators into print – several of whom have gone on to make books and comics an integral part of their careers. This will be their fifth year at the Swansea Comics and Gaming Convention – they love the show and keep coming back for more.
Scrub Force 1 are a couple of UK based lads that became Twitch streamers because they enjoy entertaining others with their big personalities. Gaming is a huge passion to these guys, and they want to spread it across the world of Twitch with their streaming, and love for what they do.
|Azeftra Independent collects the art and fantasies of Feza. Appealing to an adult audience, delving into the fantastical world of science fiction, folklore, and psychedelia. Her first comic series “KHU: Through the Eyes of an Outsider” tells the story of the warrior princess Khu on her epic journey finding the first Khan, enabling her to fight the Dragon God and his Empire. KHU is published in Habworld 2420, featuring alongside a myriad of independent writing and artistic talent and bringing new, fantastic speculative fiction, weird tales and other cosmic content every issue! Feza’s comics, art, and merchandise will be available.|
|Bel Artwork is a freelance artist based in Penarth, focusing on sales of stickers, badges, greetings cards, and art prints. Their works range from fan works to original pieces.|
|Darren Doyle is a local trader returning with a variety of pop culture items from all the popular Film, TV and Anime series around! From pops to plushes, t-shirts to banners, mugs to figures and everything in between, there’s sure to be something for everyone!|
| Ellenstration is a fantasy artist, she loves drawing fantastical female portraits that explore nature, fairy tales and mythology.|
For the last year, she has been hard at work creating her first colouring book around the theme of mermaids called “Azure Depths”.
Alongside the book, she will have a collection of new prints and originals for sale.
|Film 42 comics is a new comic creator, first publishing in 2016. “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. It chronicles the journey of Timo and his unusual companions. This is the first comic book collaboration of author Trev Burgess and Illustrator Dom Tsoi from South Wales, UK.|
| Gamma Radio is a comedy audio fiction podcast. Meet the creators of the show as they promote their third series, and explore their strangely irradiated world for yourself.
Join your hosts, Dave and Fog, as they bring you, their beloved listeners, peace and joy in a remarkably funny post-apocalyptic Great Britland, complete with mutants, monstrous vegetables and strange guests. It’s an irreverent take on the dystopian idea; at times chaotic and sometimes a little scary, but always hilarious. Its strong UK flavour is fast finding favour across the globe and has been heard in many countries around the world.
|The Historic Games Shop sell historic games from the Romans to the 18th century as well as games inspired by history and folklore|
|Gemma is the artist/owner of IdentraCraft, home to her very own collection of semi realistic animal drawings which can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. She then prints these designs herself onto handmade items, as well as create various other one off pieces of artwork.|
| Rhiannon Kagoe is an international selling traditional illustrator and comic artist from Bristol. Kagoe’s work is technical, weird and not afraid to have an edge.
One of her most popular creations is a sticker collection called ‘SOURPUSS’ which features cute yet immoral cats.
|Peter James Maggs is the writer/artist of the supernatural all ages comic “The Many Strange Cases of Ghost Jones”. He lives in Swansea and likes to draw spooky creatures doing silly things.|
|Pink Bird Originals creates and sells a variety of fun embroidery products to cater to every interest. Whether it’s pop culture or dinosaurs Pink Bird has the patch to brighten up any jacket!|
|Pontys Upcycles are a small gift and home decoration business. A lot of their items are made from real comic, which is hand cut and placed for the perfect item. They cater for comic book heroes right up to Disney princesses.|
|Ross Eliot and Connor Roberts are aspiring illustrators. They will be selling art prints and stickers from a variety of genres.|
| Sam Roads writes social sci-fi including Kristo, Silicon Heart and Cryowulf.
“Masterful” – Pat Mills, creator of 2000AD.
|James Riding is a comic author and illustrator originally from St Albans, England. He has been making comics since he was a boy, and now has a full graphic novel under his belt. JAMES + JACK IN CRAZYLAND combines the exuberance of The Beano with the dynamic storytelling of manga, perfect for readers of all ages!|
| Ryukai’s Creations is primarily an anime style illustrator and craft maker.|
Loves creating colourful designs and monster illustrations.
|Science Fiction Collectablesis Bridgend’s geek shop! An independent, family-friendly toy, gift and comic shop specialising in licensed pop culture and entertainment brands. With a specially selected supplier base and range of goods, most of their products are unique in the town.|
| SidiousArt started in 2018 after Andy attended London Comic-Con for the first time and wanted to take his knowledge of photography, directional lighting to bring the toys of his childhood to life (original Star Wars, TMNT, He-Man action figures etc) so that he could attend the comic cons around the country and sell his artwork.
Andy has a USP (unique selling point) he prides himself on the fact he doesn’t use Photoshop to enhance his photographs and only uses original action figures with original weapons, the photography artwork you see will be full of shadows, contours and familiar backgrounds.
| Sweetie Kawaii The home of kawaii gifts and accessories!
Sweetie Kawaii has a variety of cute items – ranging from plushies, jewellery, stationery & more. Their mission is to spread the joy of all things kawaii!
|The Gamers’ Emporium are Swansea and Carmarthen’s independent friendly local gaming stores.
A broad church of gaming, they offer a little bit of everything when it comes to analog gaming – Board Games, Card Games, Hobby Supplies, Roleplaying Games and Miniature War Games, plus space to play them in at their family friendly gaming rooms in the centre of Swansea (8 High Street) and Carmarthen (45 King Street).
|UndeadSwine is a local comic artist and tired zombie, tabling with a variety of prints, books and stickers that will appeal to any gamer, comic fan or general geek. Also available for on the day commissions!|