A super time had by all at Melksham's Comic Con
Masked crimefighters, Timelords and alien bounty hunters all descended on Melksham’s Assembly Hall on Saturday for the second Melksham Comic Con.
Almost a thousand people came to the convention, which saw writers and illustrators from across the South West showcasing their work, and a series of panels and discussions on pop culture and the comic book industry.
Head of the organising committee Hayley Spencer said: “It was an incredible success, more than we could have hoped, which is all credit to the organising team.
“We had a real focus on local artists, to showcase the best of the West.
“People visited from Derbyshire and north Wales, but a lot of the exhibitors are local, and we really want to encourage that. There is talent here, and it needs to be nurtured.”
Trowbridge author Jane Browning was at the convention selling copies of her sci-fi trilogy Homequest: Liber-ation. She said: “I’d never been to a convention before but it was fascinating and really lovely to see so many people dressing up and having fun “I am hoping to be there next year, when hopefully the fourth book will be out. I might even wear a cape, as I felt a little underdressed.”
Claire Deeble of Calne-based costume designers Hero Wares was among the exhibitors. She said: “It’s really nice to have something like this on our doorstep, as I usually have to travel out to London or Cardiff for the bigger conventions.
“They had some big names from comics here, even though it was a smaller one.”
Plans are already under way for next year’s convention, which is expected to be twice the size and will take place on August 30 and 31.
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