Dunfermline Comic Con 2017

Last weekend (11th March) saw the second Dunfermline Comic Con take place in Pittencrief Park. As last year, it was organised by the awesome team at Little Shop of Heroes.

Luke's Landspeeder & DroidsAfter last year’s success, the Con was extended to include a marquee that effectively doubled the amount of space available. The marquee was packed with vendors, artists, and the opportunity to have your photo taken on a replica of Luke’s landspeeder from Star Wars: A New Hope.

If you take a look at the panorama below you might be tempted to think it was pretty quiet. Well, yes, it was when I took this (the doors had just opened) but, believe me, it got much, much busier!

Dunfermline Comic Con 2017 - marquee

The marquee – taken first thing before it got busy!

The nice thing, though, was that it didn’t feel as crowded as it did last year. Still busy, but I didn’t feel like there were any points where I couldn’t get to wherever I wanted to go.

So what was happening? Well, there were many artist tables and it was great to get a chance to chat with diverse artists like Neil Slorance (Dungeon Fun), Claire Roe (Batgirl Birds of Prey), Ian Kennedy (Dan Dare and Commando), John Allison (Bobbins), and lots more! One of the things I learned is that the artists are more than happy to chat about their work, their interested (Surprise! Most of the ones I spoke to are massive geeks!), and to let you watch them as they sketch at their tables. I was there with my daughter this time, and she was fascinated to see the artistic process taking place right before her eyes. A special shout out to my friend Adam for whom Dunfermline Comic Con was his first con as an artist/exhibitor!

ComiclocksThere were plenty of vendors too, selling wares ranging from handmade crafts to vintage toys. I saw a few toys I played with in my childhood years and, yes, it made me feel old! I spent a good long time talking to the guys at the

I spent a good long time talking to the guys at the Dunfermline Wargaming and Roleplaying Fellowship table and to sculptor David Chapman (who I also bought an MDF bat’leth from!). We had made a decision that we would look around everything before making any purchases, and it was nice to see the vendors understood (and even agreed). No hard sell, no pressure, everyone was relaxed and enjoying the day.

StormtroopersOf course, what is a convention without cosplay? There was an amazing array on display including some stunning Stormtrooper, Rebel Pilot, and Mandalorian outfits.

I was particularly taken with a chap dressed up as Sulu, from Star Trek, including gorgeous movie-era Starfleet uniform.

Between the two of us, my daughter and I also spotted Master Chief (Halo), several Ghostbusters, a dog dressed up as an AT-AT, and a group dressed up as characters from Peter Pan (my daughter loved this group because of the fantastic steampunk Tinkerbell costume!).

Derek the DalekMy highlight was seeing the Doctor Who lookalike and discovering Derek the Dalek can actually move! The Doctor took it for a couple of spins around the hall and it was great to watch people’s reactions. I had a quick chat with The Doctor afterwards, and it turns out he built Derek himself!

We didn’t manage to get to the panels but there were three throughout the day on “Comics/books – online to physical”, “Comics, video games and Animation + The British Superhero”, and “Dungeon Fun & Nimona”. Next year!

Just as last year, we had a fantastic day. It was a great opportunity to share in some geekiness with my daughter (my son was there too, incidentally, and also had a great time, but opted to go round with his mum instead) and we are already looking forward to next year. If you want to know when details of next year are out, keep an eye on the Little Shop of Heroes facebook page.

Dunfermline Comic Con 2016 Report

Crowds at Dunfermline Comic ConDunfermline saw its first ever Comic Con last weekend, taking place in the Glen Pavilion in the town’s Pittencrief Park, and organised by local comic shop, Little Shop of Heroes.

The Comic Con was a sellout, with 2,500 tickets having been snapped up before the day itself. While that made it a little challenging sometimes to work your way through the crowd while keeping an eye on younglings, it certainly gave the place a buzz that all added to the atmosphere. We had a great time as a family… even my wife says she enjoyed herself.

So, what was there to see and do?

Very cool black Mandalorian armourThe first thing that struck us was the cosplay. Batman and Solid Snake greeted us at the entrance to the park, and once we’d made our way down to the pavilion there was an assortment of comic and movie characters wandering around. Harley Quinn seemed to be a very popular choice – there was even a couple wandering round as Harley and the Joker, but the guy was Harley and the girl the Joker!

I was particularly impressed with a chap wearing black Mandalorian armour near the entrance – I’m sure it must get tiring to be posing for people for long periods of time but he had a great sense of humour and would have a joke with you while you were trying to take his photo.

Chewbacca - almost looks like the real thing!Our two children got some great photos too of themselves posing with groups of Jedi and my son, who was dressed as Chewbacca was wowed by someone in a very realistic Chewy costume!

Outside of the cosplayers there was a plethora of stalls selling original artwork, prints, postcards, jewellery and… I think… pickled dragons. Many of the stallholders were comic book artists, and it was amazing to be able to chat with artists who have worked on such titles as Saltire, the Doctor Who comic, Daleks, Judge Dredd and Dan Dare!

Neil Slorance, who has worked on the Doctor Who comic produced a special Dunfermline Comic Con cover which was only available for purchase on the day. Neil was happy to sign the cover for you, and to have a chat while doing so. I can honestly say I was impressed at just how nice the artists were in the face of a horde of excited geeks.

The second hall hosted more stalls, and a replica of the Iron Throne (Game of Thrones) which you could have your photo taken on. There was also a David Tennant lookalike posing for photos with convention-goers in front of a full-size TARDIS and Dalek. The Doctor also engaged in some education, taking the opportunity to explain the order of the planets in the Solar System. That’s kind of etched in my mind, because I got grabbed from the audience to hold the Sun up. Apparently he needed “someone big”… I’m not sure if I’m offended or not!

The whole day was great fun. Taking photos of, and with, the cosplayers was a real highlight for the children, as was talking to some of the artists for me. We picked up some merchandise – me and my son bought some really nice prints, and my daughter got some new My Little Pony goodies.

I think the truest verdict of a day like this comes when you’re walking back to the car and ask the dreaded question, “So, did you enjoy that?”

The answer? Yesses all round! We’re already looking forward to next year!

More information can be found on Facebook. Check out the Little Shop of Heroes and Dunfermline Comic Con pages for more, and news about next time as and when it becomes available.