Comic fans meet their heroes

Comic fans descend on a Wicksteed Park for a two-day convention that will is the first of its kind in the county.'The inaugural Northamptonshire International Comic Expo took place over Saturday and Sunday were organisers predicted that around 3,000 graphic novel fans visited.
Comic fans descend on a Wicksteed Park for a two-day convention that will is the first of its kind in the county.'The inaugural Northamptonshire International Comic Expo took place over Saturday and Sunday were organisers predicted that around 3,000 graphic novel fans visited.
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Some of the biggest names in comic books were at Wicksteed Park at the weekend (September 22-23).

Nice, Northants International Comic Expo, was organised by Jeff Chalal, of Close Encounters, which has shops in Northampton and Bedford. He said: “Normally these things are held in big cities and it’s expensive for a family to attend. Wicksteed is perfect and some of the biggest names in the industry are here.”

Fans could chat to comic book writers and artists and ask for sketches. Comic book creator Ian Churchill enjoyed the event. He said: “It is very relaxed and family friendly. I learned to read reading comics and I was the best speller in my class so I think it’s important to get children interested. I’d certainly come to another event if I was invited.”

Stuart Lacey and Mark Marling both travelled to the event from Milton Keynes. Mark said: “We’re here for the talk by Alan Moore tonight. He’s a Northampton man and hasn’t done anything like this for 20 years.”

Speaking after the event, Jeff said: “The response has been fantastic, I haven’t had one complaint yet, you normally get one.

“Everyone keeps asking if it will run again next year. I don’t know yet, this was a huge learning curve but a lot of the guests have said they would be happy to come back next year so we’ll have to see, I’d like to run it again.”

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