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Convention Preview April 2017: South Lanarkshire Comic Con

There’s another comic con coming to South Lanarkshire this month and this time it’s in East Kilbride shopping centre.

After holding a highly successful event at Greenhills Library and the Murray Owen Centre last year and in Rutherglen this February, South Lanarkshire Comic Con are back with their third convention on Saturday at the East Kilbride Library.

There will be plenty of guest artist and writers that fans can meet and have a chat with.

Organiser Ian Bonar said: “We tend not to have a lot of guests because our model doesn’t need it but I do like to have a few.

We have 2000AD artist Tom Foster who is one to watch and has already started popping up at every event and David Bishop who is best known for being editor of 2000 ad and their book Thrill power.”

The Ghostbusters Of Scotland will also make their way to the convention and will be collecting for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) charity, so make sure to say hi and make a donation.

GUESTS: David Bishop, Tom Foster and the Ghostbusters of Scotland

Conventions have more to offer than vendors and meeting guests, there are some fantastic events that go on through the day which you can enjoy.

Ian said: “They can expect a far better day than a pound should pay for haha.

“This isn’t a hardcore comic con and I don’t want it to be, it’s fun, friendly and welcoming.

“I’m looking forward to our cosplay still life drawing class with Tom Foster taking that, it’s encouraging budding artists and in the process may secure me some talented artists somewhere down the line.

“We’ll also be having the cosplay competition, marvel movie quiz, kid’s superhero training and a whole other host of events.


  • MARVELous Masks craft session – £1.55 per child – 10.15 and 11am
  • Superhero Bookbug (ages 0-4 years) – free – 11-11.30am.
  • Kids Cosplay Competition and photos – free – 11.30am-12pm.
  • A wizarding world of fun (ages five and over) – £1.55 per child – 12.30-1.30pm.
  • Still Life Cosplay Drawing Class with Tom Foster – free – 1.30-2.15pm
  • Marvel Movie Quiz – free – 2.30-3.30pm
  • Superhero Academy £1.55 per child) – 3.30-4.30pm
  • Cosplay Competition (free) – 4.30-5pm

Booking is essential for scheduled workshops.

The cosplay competitions will be judged by Scotland’s number one Jack Sparrow look-a-like as well as Davy Jones Creature Effects, Iron Man and Asylumstar.

JUDGES: Jack Sparrow look-a-like, Davy Jones Creature Creations, Asylumstar and Iron Man.

Ian explained: “Cosplay is very important as it grabs attention. If I have an event and no cosplayers come then no one notices, newspapers aren’t interested and passing trade don’t notice.

“It makes business sense and it’s just plain enjoyable as people spend so much time and effort that you can only appreciate it. I always make time to stand and watch the cosplay competitions and most of the event stands still to watch it take place.

If you’re a newcomer to these conventions, Ian encourages you to come along and check it out.

He said: “We’re a friendly bunch just trying to put on fun events and welcome first time con attendees to the scene.

“Smaller events will always get compared to the big comic cons but I’m not competing with them but if it wasn’t for us and a whole other bunch of other successful events at this level then MCM would had never bothered with Scotland.

“If £1 doesn’t mean that much to you then come along as you won’t be disappointed and if you are then ask for your £1 back.”

Eastkilbride Comic Con is this Saturday, May 6 at the East Kilbride Library from 10:00 am5:00 pm. Tickets cost £1 per person and under-five’s go free.


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