The week leading up to Saturday 18th June 2011, the former Queens Cross church in Maryhill, Glasgow was home to the inaugral Glasgow Comic Convention. http://www.glasgowcomiccon.com
While I didn’t manage to get tickets to the actual Saturday event however I did manage to take part in a couple of events run during the week leading up to the con, namely the “Team Girl Comic’s DIY Workshop” and “Making a Killing with Burke & Hare”.
The former event was a Talk followed by an open discussion about reaching out to female audiences and encouraging more girls to get into creating comics. The event was led by Gillian Hatcher of Team Girl Comics and was a well presented look at how the comic industry has historically tried to attract female readers, and a look at some of the current trends. This led quite naturally into an interesting discussion on what girls want to read and what the audience felt the industry should be concentrating on to encourage female readership.
The second event was an interactive session with the creators of the Burke & Hare, Writer Martin Conaghan and artist Will Pickering, explaining the process of creating their acclaimed graphic novel about the serial killers Burke & Hare. This included the background of their story, printing, self-publishing, promoting and selling the book. It was an interesting presentation and gave some real insight into some of the problems they encountered and the amount of work involved, especially when creating a work which has a historical basis. Even picked up a signed copy of the graphic novel which is really good and I would highly recommend it.
Due to illness I wasn’t able to take part in events the following day, which was unfortunate as I was really looking forward to the Digital Comic Art Workshop.
Hopefully I can make the event proper next year.