To do in May: the Enniskillen ComicFest
Enniskillen ComicFest is on the 5th and 6th May 2017, and the main event is taking place in the beautifully historic Enniskillen Castle. The guest list is absolutely stunning with a slew of Irish and international creators in attendance.
Now in its second year, the ComicFest has announced a great line up: ‘John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, the creators of Judge Dredd, Steve MacManus, legendary editor of 2000AD, and Marvel and DC artist Yanick Paquette. Also among the guests is Nigel Parkinson who draws Dennis The Menace and Minnie The Minx for the Beano.’
Also attending are some real favourites here at the blog, Cam Kennedy, Michael Carroll, Jenika Ioffreda, PJ Holden, Eoin Coveney, Glenn Fabry, Nika Nartova, Ryan Brown, Clint Langley, Ian Richardson, Lew Stringer, Nigel Parkinson and Alan Grant.
2000 AD is continuing to celebrate its fortieth Anniversary this year, and Enniskillen ComicFest has been accorded “Official Status” by 2000 AD publishers Rebellion and is part of celebrating this milestone. Here at the blog, we approve of this type of thing.
The ComicFest ramps up from the 3rd of May, with Fermanagh Film Club having a special screening of the acclaimed documentary Future Shock!: The Story Of 2000AD. There is a Schools Programme with the attending professionals presenting a range of talks and running workshops in Enniskillen Library and there will be a screening of Search/Destroy: A Strontium Dog Fan Film over the weekend.
Ardowen Theatre will see the guests on stage, interviewed and engaged in a A Celebration of 40 Years Of 2000AD on Friday evening. Tickets are £8 and available here.
We are absolutely fascinated by the main venue, and the official release states ‘Our main event is taking place on Saturday 6th May and this year our venue will be Enniskillen Castle. Yes, a Comic Convention in a castle! The newly refurbished museum and visitors centre reopened last summer and we are delighted to have Enniskillen Castle hosting ComicFest. The event will run from 10AM until 6PM and is a free event, so no ticket is required. All our Guests will be signing and sketching everything from Dennis The Menace to Batman throughout the day and there will be a programme of panel discussions and interviews.’
Coinciding with Free Comic Book Day, they will a free comic for everyone going, there will be a Hero and Princess Academy for young apprentices, and a Charity Auction with all proceeds going to the Horizon West Children’s Hospice, which raised £2100 last year. Stay tuned as I’ll be going along and hope to file some reportage from the event.