Strong rumours that a comic convention of a similar style and scope to the San Diego Comic Con and the New York Comic Con have been circling of late.
One Liam Fisher claims to have the rights to put on a UK version of Comic Con in London.
Fisher is behind this ad on a Newsarama forum for the Five By Five festival in East London running from mid-June to July, claiming Alan Moore, Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Christopher Nolan, Jamie Hewlett and the cast of Transformers as guests.
However there seems to be no a website or promotional material for an event starting in less than three weeks, and with certain of the guests named who are unlikely to attend such an event. Kevin Smith has told me he’s never heard of it, Stan Lee doesn’t do much international travel these days, and Moore hasn’t attended a comics convention for decades.
Also Comic Con International, behind the San Diego event, has denied being involved. Reed Publishing, behind the New York Comic Con has also denied involvement.
The proposed venue, the O2, a permanent oversized tent structure originally named the Millenium Dome and featured in the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. Situated in North Greenwich, it is surrounded on three sides by the Thames river and has excellent public transport links. It feels like the perfect venue for a large scaled comics convention, and naturally people are getting excited.
But is it too good to be true?
Liam Fisher did not respond to enquiries.
Public domain photograph by Otis.