(Highlands superhero Nessie, along with Tank Girl, Dredd and Dennis the Menace, art by Tanya Roberts, TG (c) Martin & Hewlett, Dredd (c) Rebellion and Dennis is (c) DC Thomson)
Richmond Clements and Vicky Stonebridge drop us a line to update us to the latest details for the return of the Hi-Ex comics con in the capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness, this coming March 31st and April 1st, again in the usual home of the splendid riverside Eden Court and Tanya Roberts has created the fab new poster art (above) for the 2012 gig. More details will follow in the next few weeks but among guests confirmed already are Tanya (who also has a great track record in animation as well as art, working on Toy Story, Strawberry Shortcake and the Clone Wars among others) paying a return visit, Gary Erskine will be back once more, I am pleased to see and so will Al Ewing, Michael Carroll and making his Hi-Ex debut comics and fine artist (indeed he won second prize in the BP National Portrait Awards, notes Vicky) Simon Davis.
(scene from the 2010 Hi-Ex, pic from my Flickr)
David Barras and Scott MacKay were there at the 2009 Hi-Ex raising awareness and finance for their micro budget film project Electric Man, a film revolving around a pair of loveable losers working in an Edinburgh comic store who fall into a plot involving the world’s rarest comic. Well the guys are back and, as regular readers will know, they raised the finance and made the film, which they will be bringing to Eden Court’s cinema for the convention. I was lucky enough to be in the first audience for the film in Edinburgh’s Filmhouse back in August and highly recommend it as a cracking wee Scots Indy movie with great characters and very inventive in employing its limited funding to create a great movie (you can read my review here). More guests and other details will follow soon, so make sure you have bookmarked the Hi-Ex site bookmarked.
And on a personal note I’d like to add that I have loved my trips to Hi-Ex – it started very well with the first event and has grown nicely but remained a very open, welcoming event, very family friendly (loads of very contented kids present), it is well worth your support – likewise for comics biz folks who may be put off by the distance (hey, how do you think we feel having to go all the way to Bristol from Scotland?!) I’d say consider heading up, it’s a great and growing event on the Brit comics scene. And the scenery on the way up takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in these islands. (my 2010 Hi-Ex report is here, pics from the 2010 show here,and the first 2008 show here.)