First Comic Con Festival for Sunderland

From left to right Sha Nazir, Brian Talbot, Mary Talbot, Jordan Smith, Jessica Rengart and Dr Mel Gibson.
From left to right Sha Nazir, Brian Talbot, Mary Talbot, Jordan Smith, Jessica Rengart
and Dr Mel Gibson.

The North East Comic Book Festival, the first Comic Con in Sunderland, is to take place in the city this summer.

The new event will be held at Sunderland Software Centre on August 9-10, where it will see comic book writers, artists and creators attend from all over Britain, making the North East the focus for comic books.

Thousands of fans are expected to attend from across the region and beyond as one of the event’s producers, Black Hearted Press, sees more than 2000 visitor attend the Glasgow Comic Con, which is also organised by the company.

The Sunderland Comic Con is brought to Wearside thanks to the partnership of Sunderland Live and the Black Hearted Press.

Award winning graphic novel creator and one of the event patrons Bryan Talbot said: “It’s incredible for us to be having an event like this in our back yard, not only bringing internationally famous comic writers and artists to Sunderland but also shining a light on the many new talented creators in the area.”

Jessica Regnart, Creative Development Manager at Sunderland Live, said: “It’s fantastic to have such a creative and unique event come to Sunderland”

“We’re delighted to be working with Black Hearted Press to bring this event to the region for the first time and we are expecting it to be really popular.”

Sha Nazir Art Director and Publisher from Black Heart Press believe this is an important opportunity for the city of Sunderland.

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The Black Hearted Press are also responsible for the running of Glasgow’s successful Comic Con, which was one of the top 100 cultural events of 2013 in Scotland.

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