The List magazine is a bit of a cultural institution in Scotland, the essential what’s on guide for Edinburgh and Glasgow (like Time Out for London), covering everything from bands gigging in pubs to major orchestras, book events, comics, plays and more. The List has just announced their annual Hot 100 – a list of, yes, you guessed it, one hundred people, organisations or venues they think have been influential in a sphere of Scottish cultural life. In there among writers, bands, opera singers and the new head of the Edinburgh Film Festival (who took the top spot for helping reinvigorate the festival this year) I am delighted to see a couple of comickers flying the flag for the medium. The Glasgow Comic Con folk were on the list, at Number 62, for increasing their attendance to new heights and for creating a mix of Indy talent with big names.
And blistering barnacles, also on the list, at Number 99, good chum of the blog and incidentally the man who drew the poster for the Glasgow Comic Con this year, Neil Slorance! It’s nice that they recognised Neil not just for his work with Glasgow Comic Con, the superb Dungeon Fun and his Doctor Who strips but also highlighted the simple pleasures of the draw-along work he frequently posts up during events and screenings. Well done GCC and Neil, now officially cultural movers and shakers!