Tim Pilcher, ex-editor of DC Comics, and current head of Comic Book Alliance writes for Bleeding Cool, after attending and exhibiting at this weekend’s Bristol Comics Expo;
I’ve been attending comic conventions in Bristol ever since Kev F Sutherland first set one up to replace the defunct UKCAC, way back in 1999. That’s 13 years—unlucky for some. In that time, the conventions have changed hands and names several times, but it had always been a key event in the comic professional’s diary. For many years it was the sole comic convention in the UK and, by default, it achieved an exulted status. However, in recent years there has been a huge surfeit of conventions, of various shapes and sizes, popping up all over the country. This year alone has seen London Super Comic Convention, Bristol Comic Expo, Cardiff Comic Expo, Exeter Comic Expo, and Hi-Ex (Inverness) and we’re not even halfway through the year. Still on the horizon are MCM Expo (London), Kapow (London), 2D Festival (Derry), Thought Bubble (Leeds), and probably loads I haven’t remembered!