Time running out to volunteer to participate

If you would like to take part in the programme at BristolCon this year, there’s still time – but only just! We send a detailed poll to all our potential participants in advance of putting the programme together, to ensure that the panels are a good fit for our members. If you have your membership and would like to be considered for a panel or have an idea for a workshop, please contact MEG on programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org as soon as possible.

PLAY Expo Manchester to Host the eSports Tournament, Red Bull 5G

We are really proud to announce that this year PLAY Expo Manchester will be hosting the official Northern UK Qualifier of the Red Bull 5G eSports Tournament.

Red Bull 5G 2015 Final in Tokyo Image: Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull 5G 2015 Final in Tokyo Image: Red Bull Content Pool

The region’s best gamers are invited to take part in the qualifier to see if they can fight their way to win a spot in the Red Bull 5G final that takes place in November.

Originating in Japan in 2012 as an East V West tournament, the Red Bull 5G is inspired by the traditional 5 vs 5 martial arts tournaments. Gamers have the choice of five critically-acclaimed games to chose from as they attempt to win the grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Japan.

There are games from different genres on offer, opening the prize up to a greater range of gamers. Entrants will be able to choose from Hearthstone, League of Legends, Project Cars, Rocket League or Street Fighter V. Are northerners better at video games than southerners? We’re about to find out!

For more information on the Red Bull 5G eSports Tournament and how to enter, head to RedBull.com

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PLAY Expo Manchester to Host the eSports Tournament, Red Bull 5G

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By Indra Wignall

Red Bull 5G 2015 Final in Tokyo Image: Red Bull Content Pool

We are really proud to announce that this year PLAY Expo Manchester will be hosting the official Northern UK Qualifier of the Red Bull 5G eSports Tournament.

Red Bull 5G 2015 Final in Tokyo Image: Red Bull Content Pool

The region’s best gamers are invited to take part in the qualifier to see if they can fight their way to win a spot in the Red Bull 5G final that takes place in November.

Originating in Japan in 2012 as an East V West tournament, the Red Bull 5G is inspired by the traditional 5 vs 5 martial arts tournaments. Gamers have the choice of five critically-acclaimed games to chose from as they attempt to win the grand prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Japan.

There are games from different genres on offer, opening the prize up to a greater range of gamers. Entrants will be able to choose from Hearthstone, League of Legends, Project Cars, Rocket League or Street Fighter V. Are northerners better at video games than southerners? We’re about to find out!

For more information on the Red Bull 5G eSports Tournament and how to enter, head to RedBull.com

Source:: Play Expo

      

Bristol Sunset Cinema Presents…. Close Encounters and Starship Troopers

The very lovely people at Bristol Sunset Cinema are following up last year’s successful screening of The Princess Bride with a series of screenings across venues in Bristol this summer of a range of classic films.

Tickets are available now for Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Ashton Court at 8pm on September 4th 2016 and you can buy them from this link.

Tickets are also on sale for the following :

Star Trek : First Contact at Millennium Square at 7pm on September 16th

The Lego Movie at Ashton Court at 8pm on September 23rd

Starship Troopers at Ashton Court at 8pm on September 25th

Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (the Alan Rickman one) at Ashton Court at 8pm on Friday October 14th

The Matrix at Ashton Court at 8pm on Sunday October 16th

These should all be brilliant events – try and get to one or more of them if you can!

You can also follow Bristol Sunset Cinema on Facebook

Or on Twitter – @bristolsunsetcinema

Classic Indie Zone lands at PLAY Expo Manchester

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By Indra Wignall

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Replay Events have always supported Indie developers at our expos and PLAY Expo Manchester will be no different, in fact there’s going to be more than ever!

It’s been eight years since Braid came out and this game has been argued as the beginning of the Indie revolution in video games. To celebrate we’re gathering together some of our favourite Indie titles for you all to rediscover, or even play for the first time, at PLAY Expo Manchester.

Here you can find a list of the games we’re going to be bringing, but if your favourite is in there then let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

Braid (Number None Inc): This platform and puzzle game was originally released for the XBOX 360 via XBOX Live Arcade in 2008, ported to Windows and PS3 in 2009 and finally to Linux in 2010. The story follows Tim as he tries to rescue a princess from a monster, with the storyline being driven by text throughout the game that also provide clues and create depth to Tim’s character. Braid seems like a traditional platform based game at first, however the introduction of the time manipulation abilities really create a fresh, new take on the genre.

Limbo (Playdead): This 2D sidescroller puzzle-platform game was originally released as an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive in 2010, porting to PS3 and Windows in 2011. Since then it has gone on to appear on OS X, Linux, Playstation Vita, Xbox One, PS4 and even iOS. You play as an unnamed male character who is searching for his sister, working his way through various film noir style monochrome hazardous environments and traps. Playdead called the playstyle for this game ‘trial and death’ as they wanted the players to work out the puzzles by failing and having to try again using different tactics.

super meat boySuper Meat Boy (Team Meat): This Indie title, the follow up to a Flash Game from 2008, first hit Xbox Live Arcade and Windows in 2010 and has since been ported to OS X, Linux, PS4, PS Vita and Wii U. Players have to use split second timing to guide a red cube of meat known as Meat Boy through over 300 levels full of jumps and traps set up to kill him as he tries to rescue girlfriend Bandage Girl from the evil Dr. Fetus.

aquariaAquaria (Bit Blot): This 2D sidescroller headed to Windows in 2007, before expanding to Mac, Steam, Linux, iOS and Android. You play as mermaid Naija as she travels through the underwater realm of Aquaria, using songs to interact with the environment and even change form to attack mobs and pass through various barriers.

FezFez (Polytron Corporation): 2012 saw the Xbox Live Arcade launch of the mind bending 3D puzzler Fez, in which players control the lead character Gomez as he discovers his world isn’t 2D but in fact 3D thanks to a fez he is gifted. The game’s puzzles need to be solved by rotating the world and thinking in 3D in order to collect cubes and restore the universe. This critically acclaimed game has gone on to be ported to OS X, Linux, PS3, PS4, PS Vita and Windows.

spelunkySpelunky (Mossmouth): First released in 2008 for Windows, Spelunky was then remade and an ‘enhanced version’ released for Xbox 360 and ported to PS3, PS Vita and again to Windows. Players control a Spelunker in this roguelike game as he works his way through procedurally generated caves, fighting bad things, saving damsels, collecting treasure and trying not to die in traps.

Trine_Enchanted_Edition_Forest1_HeroesTrine (Frozenbyte): This fantasy sidescrolling puzzle game is set in a medieval world and first appeared in 2009 for Windows and PS3 before being ported to OS X and Linux too with an enhanced edition that ports the game to the Trine 2 engine coming out in 2014 for PS4, Wii U and PC. The gameplay uses fully interactive physics and each of the controllable characters have different abilities meaning players have a lot to think about when battling through the game.

vvvvvvVVVVVV (Nicalis): VVVVVV was first built in Adobe Flash and released in 2010 for Windows and OS X, before being ported to C++ in 2011 and releasing on Linux, Pandora and Nintendo 3DS. Playing as Captain Viridian who has been separated from his crew while evacuating his ship, players have to rescue the crew who have been scattered throughout an alternative dimension. The game doesn’t allow players to jump, instead opting for a gravity flipping mechanic instead.

World-Of-Goo1World of Goo (2D Boy): 2008 saw the first release of puzzle game World of Goo for Windows and Wii, with subsequent releases on OS X, Linus and several mobile platforms. Players have to build large structures using balls of goo in order to transfer more balls of goo to the exit. There’s also a bonus game called World of Goo Corporation in which players compete to see who can build the highest tower.

cavestoryCave Story (Studio Pixel/Nicalis): Cave Story started life as a freeware game for PC in 2004 which was ported to WiiWare and DSiWare in 2010. Cave Story+, an enhanced version of the game, was released for Steam in 2011 and ported to 3DS in 2012. Players wake as an amnesiac in a cave and slowly discovers that they have to save the inhabitants of the cave from a crazed megalomaniac Doctor.

Thomas_was_alone_screenshotThomas Was Alone (Mike Bithell): Originally released as a flash-based browser game in 2010, Thomas Was Alone was later expanded and released for Windows and OS X in 2012 and for Linux, iPad, Android, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U by the end of 2014. Set inside a computer mainframe after an ‘event’ that has caused the various AI routines to go out of control and develop personalities, players have to guide each shape through a set of levels to their end points.

We add more titles to our celebration based on feedback we get – if you have a favourite remember to let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Source:: Play Expo

      

Comic Con duo to launch comic shop in Leamington

By admin

Owners of Leamington’s award-winning comic convention are to open a 12 month pop-up comic shop – Spa Town Comics – in The Royal Priors on Saturday the 3rd September 2016.

Spa Town Comics will sell comics and trade paperbacks premier publishers like DC and Marvel, while hoping to introduce Leamington residents to new reads from independent publishers.

Dan Mallier of Spa Town Comics and Leam Comic Con, said: “We can’t wait to give local comic fans the opportunity to buy the comics and collectibles they love in their own town. If we get the same heroic support for our pop-up as we do for our convention, we’re positive Spa Town Comics can become a permanent fixture in Leamington.”
Comic fans can sign-up for subscriptions to order their favourite weekly comics, or purchase back issues thanks to the team’s partnership with Banbury retailer, Comic Connections.

While Spa Town Comics aims to become a one stop shop for avid comic fans, the team will also use their experience and contacts gained from running Leam Comic Con to champion creativity within the industry and support the local community through projects and events.

Lisa-Marie Nelson, of Spa Town Comics, said: “We’ve already got an action-packed agenda of events for comic enthusiasts and families. Launch day will be a real celebration of comics, closely followed by Batman Day on 17th where we’ll be encouraging people to come have their photo taken with Leamington’s professional Batman!”

For news about Spa Town Comics and for its list of events visit facebook.com/spatowncomics or follow them on Twitter @spatowncomics.

Source:: Comic Conventions Website

      

‘A NEW HOPE’ FOR COMIC FANS

By admin

Curious Star Wars and comic art fans will be flocking to Birmingham’s International Comic Expo on September the 10th to find out all about the new comic and TV series from Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz who, along with fellow creators Richard Bazley (Iron Giant, Harry Potter) and Paul Goodenough (How to Train Your Dragon) will be making a very special appearance at the popular comic convention in England’s second city.

The artist and co-writing team of Ben Oliver and Simon “Transformers” Furman will also be at hand to let fans know all about the exciting new property know only as: “THE CHIMERAN” in an ICE exclusive reveal and Q&A panel.

We are incredibly excited to welcome all of these amazing creators to the expo next month”, said organiser Shane Chebsey “Gary Kurtz was not only the man behind Star Wars but also producer on cult classic The Dark Crystal, which I love, so I am very excited to see what he has come up with such an array of incredibly talented artists and writers.

Co-creator Paul Goodenough added: “The Chimeran fits perfectly with the recent evolution of comics and TV. It’s carved from the same cloth as Deadwood, Planet of the Apes and Game of Thrones: bad things happen and people suffer, but in that suffering and fear, we examine what makes people ‘human’ and how far humankind will go to save themselves.

“It’s really very exciting to be involved in such a dramatically interesting and unusual story.” said the legendary Star War Producer.

All together there are over 14 exclusive events happening on the Saturday at ICE 2015 with another 14 events aimed at aspiring artists and writers on the Sunday plus signings and a charity auction.

Source:: Comic Conventions Website

      

Win goodies with The Purge: Election Year!

Purge3-PackshotExpanding upon the explosive universe introduced in the sleeper hits that have earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ The Purge 3 reveals the next terrifying chapter of 12 hours of anarchy that is sanctioned annually by the New Founders of America.

Once again returning to collaborate with DeMonaco are the series’ producers: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister series), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Ouija), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).

..and to celebrate the release of The Purge 3, we’re giving away an amazing prize pack! Want to be in with a chance of winning? Simply answer the following question:

Who is the director of The Purge: Election Year?

Email your answers to competitions@mcmexpo.net and pop The Purge: Election Year in the subject line.

GOOD LUCK!

Terms and Conditions

The competition will close on 02/08/2016 at 16:00 BST.

Open to UK and Ireland participants only.

Multiple winners will receive a pack including Dad’s Army merch. We will pick winners at random they will be contacted by MCM Expo Ltd. This will include details of how to receive the prize.

MCM Expo Ltd.’s decisions are final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner. No replacements can be made for prizes lost.

Prize details are correct at the date of this Agreement. Events may occur that render the Media Promotion itself or the awarding of Prizes impossible due to unforeseen circumstances or reasons beyond the control of MCM Expo Ltd. In this situation, MCM Expo Ltd. may at its discretion vary or amend Prizes so as to provide reasonable alternative Prizes and Prize winners agree that no liability shall attach to MCM Expo Ltd., or parties connected to MCM Expo Ltd. as a result.

Prize winners may be required to take part in reasonable post-competition publicity for MCM Expo Ltd. and may be filmed, photographed or otherwise recorded by MCM Expo Ltd. or other third parties for publicity and he/she consents to the use of his/her personal data for such purposes.

Prize winners may be required to sign a Prize Acceptance Form before the Prize is awarded. If a Prize winner is under the age of 18 years, a parent or guardian may be required to sign a Prize Acceptance Form before the Prize is awarded

Prize consists only of the elements set out in these Terms and Conditions, no other elements or expenses (including, without limitation, visa costs, insurance, meals, unspecified ground transportation, phone calls, gratuities, incidentals, souvenirs, fuel etc.) are included in the Prize (except as set out above) and all such expenses are the sole responsibility of the winner and guest.

The decisions of MCM Expo Ltd. is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into. Two attempts to contact the winner will be made after which a new winner will be drawn; the originally selected winner will not be eligible for the prize if a second winner has been contacted. The promoter reserves the right to withdraw the competition if it is felt that it has been in any way fraudulently entered. The competition is not open to employees (including volunteers) of MCM Expo Ltd.

Other than for death or personal injury resulting from the Prize Supplier’s negligence and so far as permitted by law, the Prize Supplier hereby excludes all liability for any loss, damage, cost and expense, whether direct or indirect, howsoever caused in connection with the Competition or any aspect of the Prize.

Go to Source – London Comic Con

Win goodies with The Purge: Election Year!

Purge3-PackshotExpanding upon the explosive universe introduced in the sleeper hits that have earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ The Purge 3 reveals the next terrifying chapter of 12 hours of anarchy that is sanctioned annually by the New Founders of America.

Once again returning to collaborate with DeMonaco are the series’ producers: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister series), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Ouija), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).

..and to celebrate the release of The Purge 3, we’re giving away an amazing prize pack! Want to be in with a chance of winning? Simply answer the following question:

Who is the director of The Purge: Election Year?

Email your answers to competitions@mcmexpo.net and pop The Purge: Election Year in the subject line.

GOOD LUCK!

Terms and Conditions

The competition will close on 02/08/2016 at 16:00 BST.

Open to UK and Ireland participants only.

Multiple winners will receive a pack including Dad’s Army merch. We will pick winners at random they will be contacted by MCM Expo Ltd. This will include details of how to receive the prize.

MCM Expo Ltd.’s decisions are final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

There is no cash alternative to Prizes which are subject to availability, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner. No replacements can be made for prizes lost.

Prize details are correct at the date of this Agreement. Events may occur that render the Media Promotion itself or the awarding of Prizes impossible due to unforeseen circumstances or reasons beyond the control of MCM Expo Ltd. In this situation, MCM Expo Ltd. may at its discretion vary or amend Prizes so as to provide reasonable alternative Prizes and Prize winners agree that no liability shall attach to MCM Expo Ltd., or parties connected to MCM Expo Ltd. as a result.

Prize winners may be required to take part in reasonable post-competition publicity for MCM Expo Ltd. and may be filmed, photographed or otherwise recorded by MCM Expo Ltd. or other third parties for publicity and he/she consents to the use of his/her personal data for such purposes.

Prize winners may be required to sign a Prize Acceptance Form before the Prize is awarded. If a Prize winner is under the age of 18 years, a parent or guardian may be required to sign a Prize Acceptance Form before the Prize is awarded

Prize consists only of the elements set out in these Terms and Conditions, no other elements or expenses (including, without limitation, visa costs, insurance, meals, unspecified ground transportation, phone calls, gratuities, incidentals, souvenirs, fuel etc.) are included in the Prize (except as set out above) and all such expenses are the sole responsibility of the winner and guest.

The decisions of MCM Expo Ltd. is final and binding on the entrants. No correspondence will be entered into. Two attempts to contact the winner will be made after which a new winner will be drawn; the originally selected winner will not be eligible for the prize if a second winner has been contacted. The promoter reserves the right to withdraw the competition if it is felt that it has been in any way fraudulently entered. The competition is not open to employees (including volunteers) of MCM Expo Ltd.

Other than for death or personal injury resulting from the Prize Supplier’s negligence and so far as permitted by law, the Prize Supplier hereby excludes all liability for any loss, damage, cost and expense, whether direct or indirect, howsoever caused in connection with the Competition or any aspect of the Prize.

Go to Source – London Comic Con

Interview with Eisner Award winning artist Dan Mora

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By milanKovacs

Dan Mora and Grant Morrison at SDCC 2016

After our interview 8 months ago a lot has happened to artist Dan Mora. We at Comic Conventions thought it would be interesting to return to him with another round of questions. Dan got his first Eisner Award a few weeks ago and his Grant Morrison-penned comic series Klaus also ended last week with issue #7.

Dan Mora and Grant Morrison at SDCC 2016

Milán Kovács (Comic Conventions): Last time we spoke you were telling us about working with Grant Morrison and how it came to be.
Now I see you two together on photos at San Diego Comic Con. Tell us about that, what happened there? Was this your first time there?

Dan Mora: It was a great experience! It was my first time at San Diego Comic Con and everything was so spectacular, Grant was such a nice guy.

I can imagine it’s exciting when you are nominated for an Eisner but it did not stop at that you were actually awarded The Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award.
How did it feel and what does an award like this mean to you? Did you have to give a speech too?

Well to be nominated was a feeling I can’t explain but to win… Winning was something else! I couldn’t believe it was for real, all the talented people around me, and I won? It was crazy and yes, I had to do a speech, but it wasn’t a very long one.

Klaus pencil process

Since Klaus ended with the amazing issue #7 we can speak freely about anything related. I see a lot changed in your art over the course of 7 issues. We can clearly state that you got better and more confident as an artist.
Do you agree, did you feel more comfortable with the characters in the end? Would you return to them in the future for a possible sequel?

Yes I felt more secure with every issue, I enjoyed drawing Klaus a lot (who was a mixture of Batman and Superman), also Lilli and Krampus and I would definitely do it again.

[Next Question Spoiler Alert for Klaus!]

Klaus in colors

You and Grant managed to put the Krampus in Klaus in a very serious way.
Did you know this was the plan from the beginning or was a surprise for you as you drew the issues?

It was a surprise to me as well, I knew the general story, but there were some details that weren’t explained and some other things that were different in the first draft of the script.

Is there a dream character or title of yours? If you could choose what would you like to work on next?

If I have to choose only one character to draw in the future, it would definitely be Batman.

Your art style is to my eyes very ‘European’ with a unique character style and beautiful background-construction.
Not just because of that but I am curious how you manage to draw 20 pages or so in a month? Which kind of inspiration or reference do you use for the worlds you create?

I’m very glad you feel there are very good background constructions, sometimes I felt like I wasn’t doing enough on them. To finish 22 or 32 pages of pencils, inks and colors in a month was a great challenge, it required a lot of discipline.

Batman's Rogues Gallery

Batman’s Rogues Gallery

On social media, fans can see your take on various characters from different publishers as commissions or fan art.
I am sure you enjoy doing these but it would be interesting to know how you approach them and make them yours, draw them in your own style? When somebody requests a character you are not familiar with, how do you solve that situation?

Well, lucky me, it hasn’t happened yet, I was familiar with all the characters I have asked to draw. I’m a big geek.

And lastly a half-serious question as here in Europe it’s unusually cold for a summer.
What is the weather like in Costa Rica now? 🙂

Hahaha, all days here are sunny days. 🙂

About his next project Dan only told us that we will like it. We can’t share any more details, so watch the news!

That’s it, folks! We at Comic Conventions wish best of luck for Dan Mora’s next project and hope to do another interview him again in the near future.

Batman and Robin

Batman and Robin

Source:: Comic Conventions Website

      

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