Kettering graphic novel event hopes to draw crowds

The film Watchmen, based on Alan Moore's graphic novel of the same name
The film Watchmen, based on Alan Moore's graphic novel of the same name

Thousands of comic fans will descend on a theme park this weekend for a two-day convention that will be the first of its kind in the county.

The inaugural Northamptonshire International Comic Expo will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Wicksteed Park.

Alan Moore is the special guest at the ComicExpo in Kettering

Alan Moore is the special guest at the ComicExpo in Kettering

Organisers predict about 3,000 graphic novel fans will have the opportunity to meet Alan Moore, who has penned iconic comics such as Watchmen and V for Vendetta, both of which were adapted for the big screen.

He will be making his first appearance at an event of this kind for 25 years, and will host a question and answer session as well as a talk on Saturday night.

Organisers are also encouraging readers to donate their old graphic novels, and for each book donated organisers will match them. All of the novels donated will be given away to Northamptonshire’s libraries to boost their stock.

Organiser Jeff Chahal said: “We’ve had people buy tickets from Japan, France, Spain and Holland.

“The guest list is one of the strongest for a comic convention in the UK.

“You’re not going to be able to get the opportunity to speak with the world’s number one comic writer anywhere else.

“We chose Wicksteed because it’s a fantastic venue, and it’s much cheaper to travel to.”

The event will also feature workshops, auctions, sellers, artwork galleries and live music, plus the opportunity for fans to get signatures from well-known writers.

About 350 tickets have been sold so far for the event, and fans who buy passes in advance will be able to skip queues and get into the expo at 8.30am on Saturday. The event will be held from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.

Weekend tickets are £25, day passes are £15.

To buy tickets visit www.northantsinternationalcomicsexpo.com.