This year is a big year for fan conventions in Scotland. There’s almost one convention every month, so you can pick from a wide selection of anime, gaming, film and TV, cosplay and comic book events.
The first convention of the year will be the South Lanarkshire Comic Con, taking place in Rutherglen in conjunction with South Lanarkshire Libraries.
It is the first time a convention like this has taken place in Rutherglen but will be the third event ran by Big Glasgow Comic.
Ian Bonar, Event Organiser of the South Lanarkshire Comic Con said: “We’ve been running events for nearly five years when there was two comic cons in Scotland and that was the full extent.
“We’ve started going away from the city where it’s over saturated and it’s the same guests and same attendees to areas where they don’t have events like this.
“For a lot of attendees it’s their first time so there’s always a buzz every time we go somewhere new. Also, I was born and raised in Rutherglen so I jumped at the chance to run an event there.”
The convention is expected to be Big Comic Glasgow’s biggest event yet. At their East Kilbride event, more than 3000 fans atteneded with no big guests.
Ian said: “It proves you don’t need to have big guests to do well. But for the South Lanarkshire Comic Con, we have a few big guests that were also born and raised in Rutherglen so I’m expecting big numbers and a big atmosphere.”
There are plenty of guests for fans to meet. So far, Glasgow comic book artist Frank Quitely, who is known for his collaborations with Grant Morrison on New X-Men, We3, All-Star Superman, and Batman and Robin and Knights of Pendragon artist, Gary Erskine will attend.
There are plenty of conventions in Scotland, so standing out from the crowd is tricky. A lot of the conventions now focus on the local aspect and what they can offer the town they are holding the event in.
Ian said: “This is being ran alongside Rutherglen Library which played a big part in me discovering comics as I went to school round the corner, all our workshops and classes will take place there as will the cosplay competition.”
Nearly 60 vendors have currently confirmed ranging from selling hand-made fan merchandise to geek memorabilia and comic artists selling their work.
The convention will be held at the Rutherglen Town Hall on Saturday, February 4. It only costs £1 and you can find out more here.