My brother, a guest reviewer on the site has been into comics most of his life and I have enjoyed reading my fair share of comics too.
Four years ago, his previous boss who he worked for started the London Super Comic Convention (LSCC). The years i have been going have provided a lot of fun with millions of comics being sold, celebrity stars such as Jonathan Ross and Stan Lee and all the famous writers and artists of the comic book world.
Add to this, the hundreds of people who enter into cosplay (costume play) and the photo opportunities are limitless. The LSCC is getting bigger and bigger and fit over a few halls in the London Excel sees in excess of 20,000 people. It is back on in February 2012 for two days and I interviewed one of the owners to see what the plan was for the LSCC, his highlights over the year and what fans can expect in 2016.
Who should go and who will be there?
LSCC is a comic convention that focuses on comics. It should seem redundant to need to emphasise this point but many "comic conventions" focus on celebrities with comic as an after-thought. If you are a comic reader, collector or want to see what comics are about this is the convention to come to:
What will be the key events over the two days?
While it may seem that LSCC has a narrow focus it is actually much wider than you can imagine.
Where do you see the LSCC in five years time?
Our plan was to ensure that LSCC focused for the first 5 years on its core principles – building a comic convention that celebrates both the quality and diversity of comics. Our convention floor reflect this. To take the convention to the next level we need to expand the opportunity to sample the comic medium to those who haven't been aware of how much the medium has grown. The current focus on super-hero films has made the greater population more aware of comic characters but it is our job to ensure that they are aware of the history of comics and their present focus. To do that we will need to grow. New York Comic Convention ("NYCC") is a template for the type of convention we hope LSCC grows into.
Why London and comics?
An easy question at last. Why comics? We are all comic fans. We have been reading and collecting comics for many years. I personally have been reading comics for over 35 years and collecting for over 25 years. To organise a comic convention successfully I believe to have to love the medium. The organisers have been going to comic convention in the US for over 10 years. We decided to create LSCC when we were in a pub discussing which US conventions we would be going to the following year. Conversation went on to why there was a UK convention that matched the US style conventions we enjoyed going to. Unlike the usual pub conversation we decided to do something about it. Why London? To be similar to a US convention you need space to grow and a transport and hotel infrastructure that can manage the substantial number of attendees that will come to the show from the UK and abroad. When looking at locations the ExCel Centre and London was the obvious location if we want to grow to NYCC proportions.
Which edition of the show has been your favourite?
I've enjoyed all 4 renditions to date. I don't particularly have a favourite.
I will be helping for LSCC between February 20 and 21. Make sure you are there and get all the pictures of your favourite characters. See you soon.