Sunday, February 26, 2012

London Super Comic Convention

This past weekend I attended the London Super Comic Convention at the ExCel Centre in the London Docklands. It was the inaugural event of what I'm sure organizers hope becomes a European San Diego, and while there were a few kinks -- notably the excessively long queues -- it was a good event and featured an impressive array of talent including George Perez, Howard Chaykin, Paul Cornell, Fred Van Lente and the LEGENDARY Stan Lee. 

Here are some choice photos from the day, including some of the trip there. I also found some great British indie comics and will be reviewing them shortly, but for now enjoy the photos and my commentary.   
Walking to Bank Station to head to the London Docklands.
Bank of England, Royal Exchange and a bus
Leaving the Docklands Light Rail to the ExCel Centre.
London Docklands -- once the world's largest port.
ExCel London
Waiting to get in. The queues were were rather long and a first detracted from the overall experience. 
Retailers and fans
The How to Write A Comic Script panel. Unfortunately, the woman on the left was an ad hoc addition and I didn't catch her name. If you know please comment. Other writers (L to R) Mike Carey, Fred Van Lente, Kieron Gillen and Andy Lanning.
While waiting for an autograph from Fred Van Lente, Stan appeared to continue signing. It got crazy shortly after I took this photo.
Most of Stan Lee's bodyguards looked like they're former Soviet Special Forces.
Spidey, Stan & Spetsnaz!
Stan Lee: Living the Dream from 1940 to Present Day. At this panel Stan regaled us with some great stories about the beginning of his career, working with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko on the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man as well as his current and future activities in the entertainment business. Most of the stories were well documented, but it was great to hear them from 'The Man' himself. 
Nuff Said!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mark fellow queue buddy, Kevin here, thought I would leave a comment on your blog. You have some great pictures of Stan the man Lee from comic-con saturday. sounds to me like you had a good time I 2 got some great sketches done from variors artists (cost me a small fortune though lol.) Sorry we didnt get to catch up afterwards it seemed to get real busy real quick!! i'll keep checking out your blog, looking forward to The Preacher review I mite even consider getting it myself, goodbye for now, Excelsior!!