Leamington ComicCon takes place on Saturday 18 October from 10.30am-4pm at the town’s historic Pump Rooms.
Dan, who studied Business at the college’s Leamington centre and has worked in the car hire and fleet management industry ever since, originally had the idea in February this year. Less than a week later, he had set up an Indiegogo crowd-funding project to raise money to fund the venue and logistics.
“I had the idea while driving to work – I sent out a few tweets to gauge interest and it’s just snowballed from there. We raised more than our £1500 target which was fantastic, and in just 20 days, so it really showed the support for the event was there.
“Most ComicCons are in big cities, but I knew there was a market here for it, and we’ve really targeted local comic publishers and artists to give them the opportunity to promote their work.”
The event will include a marketplace for comic publishers, writers, illustrators and traders with talks from respected names from the comic world such as Neil Gibson, Mike Garley, Victor Wright, Borderline Press and more to be announced. There’ll also be magicians, superhero face-painting, a cosplay competition and an appearance from the 501st UK Garrison of Storm Troopers, who will be raising money for charity.
“Organising the event has involved a lot of skills which I’ve developed through my career, such as networking and communications – making contacts and encouraging people to get involved has been so important.
“It’s been a lot of hours of hard work – I’ve spent so much time on Twitter, Facebook and email – but really enjoyable too. I’ve even build a model of the marketplace so we can plan where all the stallholders will go!
“We’ve already got people booked to come from all over the country, but I really hope that local people come along and support their local comic artists and publishers and make the event a real success.”
Dan will be promoting ComicCon at Warwickshire College’s Freshers’ Fairs in September. Tickets are available from http://www.skiddle.com/e/12154472 and cost £5 + £1 booking fee – under 13s go free. You can follow Leamington ComicCon on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LeamComicCon and on Twitter @LeamComicCon.
Warwickshire College offers a range of business courses at its Leamington and Rugby centres. For more information, go to www.warwickshire.ac.uk/courses or call 0300 45 600 49.