With plenty of conventions focusing on big cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow, it’s great to see small towns like Dunfermline moving up in the convention scene.
Dunfermline Comic Con 2017 (DCC17) will be the second event for the small Fife town and with a successful convention in 2016, where it sold-out and 100% of vendors requesting return booths, it’s shaping up to be a great day out at Pittencrieff Park with around 5000 attendees expected to turn up.
Keeping conventions fresh and exciting is challenging for organisers. However, DCC17 organiser and Little Shop of Heroes owner, Alby Grainger said: “Our main point of difference is the quantity and quality of our comic book guests. We have taken a conscious decision not to invite TV or Movie personalities. Some great conventions, large and small already cover those genres admirably.
“Our rule is; to be a guest you must have written, drawn or been involved in the production of a comic. Additionally, we invite a wide cross section of creators. We will have people whom are at the beginning of careers as well as established creators. We also invite guests from the USA.
“This year we have 3 fantastic female comic creators coming especially for Dunfermline Comic Con.”
When coming up with a location for their convention last year, the team behind DCC17 chose Dunfermline because they are passionate about the town.
Alby said: “Large events tend to be concentrated in the large cities, we cannot see why that should be the case. Scotland is very small. Dunfermline is accessible to 70% of Scotland’s population within an hour. We have to give people a reason to visit smaller cities and Dunfermline Comic Con is a fantastic reason to visit this wonderful area.”
DCC17 have a wide variety of guests for attendees to meet who are established and new comic creators from the U.K. and USA with a mix of styles and demographic appeal for attendees.
You can expect writer Alex Paknadel, Cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, writer/artist Dan McDaid (Doctor Who Magazine, Bizarro), artist/writer Mike Collins (Spider Man, Doctor Who, American Gothic), comic book writer Alan Grant (Judge Dredd, Batman, Rok of the Reds), artist Neil Slorance (Modern Slorance, Dungeon Fun, The Amateur Astronomer’s Journal) and many more.
Dundee University students will also be there with their comic, Anthology Seven which is being initially released at DCC17. The cover art was illustrated by another DCC guest, Claire Roe (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Welcome Back, Saltire).
There will be over 100 vendors attending selling a huge range of merchandise across all genres of pop culture. DCC17 will also have a replica Batpod from Batman Dark Knight, Star Wars Droids, Star Wars Landspeeder (first visit to Scotland), TARDIS, Dalek and Doctor Who lookalike, face painting and cosplay competition.
Alby told us that attendees should expect: “A noisy, busy, fun day with attractions to look at (and sit in eg Star Wars landspeeder) art, comics and pop culture ephemera to buy. Great artists and writers to speak with, panels to attend and cosplayers to wonder at.”
DCC17 will take place at the Glen Pavillion in Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline on Saturday March 11. Tickets are still available to buy online and at the door. £7.50 for adults, £5.00 for 12 and under and under 5s being free.
Little Shop of Heroes are Louise Grainger, Sinéad Grainger and Alby Grainger. They organise and run Dunfermline Comic Con not for profit. Ticket and vendor prices are held at the lowest point they can sustain whilst delivering top class creators and attractions. It is vital to LSOH that families can afford to attend Dunfermline Comic Con and have a fun day out for as little money as possible.