Paisley is on the rise with a bid for City of Culture 2021 and plenty of events happening over the town in the next few years, one being the brand new Paisley Comic Con this April.
Convention organiser, Thom Wall has explained that they are trying to keep the convention local and family friendly.
He said: “There’s obviously things that happen outwith the Greater Paisley area, like in Braehead and in Glasgow at the SECC, but we both [co-organiser Alasdair Watson] thought it would be good to do something in the Paisley area, where people didn’t have to go and get the train or bus.
“We are trying to keep it low scale. Very focused on comic enthusiasts and families. Rather than anybody who is interested in movies, video games, television shows and anime – the way comic cons tend to work nowadays.”
Vendors play a big part in the success of comic cons. The vendors for Paisley Comic Con will largely be local to Glasgow and Paisley.
You’ll find crafty vendors who make their own wares, like t-shirts, badges, pillows etc, there, as well as illustrators, small press, and comic artists and writers, like Neil Slorance, artist of Dungeon Fun and Doctor Who strips, who will be drawing for people, sketching, and signing autographs.
- Convention regular, artist and writer Neil Slorance (Doctor Who, Dungeon Fun)
- Internationally published comic artist Tanya Roberts ( Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Toy Story, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
- Glasgow based, female comic creators collective Go Team Girl
- Artist, illustrator and colourist James Devlin
- John Lees (Teenage Mutatnt Ninja Turtles Universe)
- Critically acclaimed comic writer and letterer Gary Chudleigh
You will also get the chance to see the ins and outs of comics with workshops like Tanya Roberts’ who will be helping you create you own comic to take home, and give tips on character creation.
Paisley comic book shop, Comic Crazy, will be the convention’s retail partner. They will be hosting a gaming area, and trading in comics, toys, and games.
There will also be prizes for best costume and best super hero pose and sponsors Tempo Tea Bar – Bubble Tea will be there with a selection of amazing bubble teas for you to sample and buy.
Thom and Alasdair [along with Comic Crazy] will also host a number of the events in the week leading up to the main event, such as a pub quiz at the Burger and Keg on Tuesday the 4th of April, gaming sessions, and a crafting workshop.
Mon April 3: Dungeons and Dragons, 6:30pm – 9:30pm @ Comicrazy
Tue April 4: Pokemon! 11:00am – 4:00pm @ Comicrazy
Pub Quiz, 8:30am – 11:30pm @ Burger and Keg
Wed April 5: Story Making Day, 1pm – 4pm @ Abbey Books
The Origin of Comics, 6pm – 7:30pm @ Saporito Coffee
Thurs April 6: Say it ain’t sew! 6:30pm – 8:30pm @ Blend Coffee
Drink and Draw, 7pm – 11:30pm @ Burger and Keg
Fri April 7: Magic: The Gathering, 4:30pm – 7:30pm @ Comiccrazy
The event is in partnership with Scottish charity, the Les Hoey MBE DreamMaker Foundation SCIO. Paisley Comic Con will be raising funds throughout the event, and the foundation’s team will be there, along with their mascot, Mr Wiz, with information on how you can support them.
Paisley Comic Con will take place on Saturday April 8 at Paisley Town Hall. Doors open at 11am and the convention will run until 6pm. Tickets cost £4 general entry, £2 under 12s, £10 family ticket (2+2), under 5s go free and you can purchase at the door and online.