Join us at Comico 2018 – Bradford’s first dedicated comics and manga weekend – held at University of Bradford alongside the annual Bradford Literature Festival. Comico combines a traditional convention setup with specially curated events, exploring comic traditions from around the world including manga, graphic novels, science fiction and gaming.
Comico will include an ‘Artists’ Alley’ where authors, artists and comic creators can share and sell their work, as well as dedicated space for the sale of merchandise and collectables.
Here’s our list of exhibitors confirmed so far:
Antony Johnston is a New York Times-bestselling graphic novelist and author of more than forty books, including The Coldest City, which became the hit Charlize Theron movie Atomic Blonde. His latest thriller, The Exphoria Code, examines the dangerous cutting edge of drone technology. He lives and works in England.
Louis Netter is an illustrator, animator, designer and academic whose work has been exhibited, published and screened in the USA and the UK. Current work is in experimental graphic novels and reportage drawing. Artwork held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress among others.
Anna Trench is a cartoonist and illustrator based in London, who has been published by The Guardian, Slightly Foxed, SelfMadeHero, Cambridge University and The Royal Society of Literature, and shortlisted for several comics prizes. She is currently working on a graphic novel about taxidermy, cemeteries and tree surgeons.
AzCorp Entertainment stepped into the world of edutainment in 2015 and started on the journey of creating socially-conscious, morally-driven stories and comic books for kids, teens, and young adults. The organization’s mission is to establish a relatable universe of local heroes that can drive social change.
Darius Cummings, Red Tempo
Red Tempo is a comedic fantasy adventure set within a magical and colourful world, about a teenager hidden away from his surroundings. At the age of sixteen on the world of Terradopia, Red Tempo is given the opportunity to escape and learn about the world around him. Creatures beyond one’s imagination roam the lands, magic blends with the human soul to create superior powers, and technology grows stronger with each passing day…
Edalie is a 2D illustrator and owner of Give Me Space, specialising in cute and bright posters! She loves anime, gaming, and offers on the day sketch commissions.
Eleanor writes fun comics about the Adventures of Dragon Mouse and their friends the Mythical Mice. They are silent, so are suitable for people of all reading abilities. She also knits toys so you can have your very own Mythical Mouse to take on adventures.
Emma is a freelance character designer, illustrator and designer for animation based in Manchester. Passionate about storytelling and creating unique characters, Emma makes picture books and comics. She is inspired by nature, seeing the magic in the everyday, and bringing characters to life.
Gareth Brookes is a graphic novelist and textile artist. He studied at the RCA and has created two graphic novels; The Black Project and A Thousand Coloured Castles. His work has also appeared in Kus and ArtReview. Known for his unusual processes, materials he uses have included embroidery, crayons, pressed flowers and fire.
Good Comics is a UK-based micropublisher of comics and zines run Paddy Johnston and Samuel C. Williams. Their collection of comics includes The Times I Knew I Was Gay, Human Garbage, and At War with Yourself.
Jed McPherson is a writer. He’s known for his serial killer book Jacob which he assures us is 100% not autobiographical and Deadbeat about a deadbeat dad who tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter through armed robbery.
Jennie is a full-time comic creator in the UK independent scene. She paints traditionally, using mostly watercolour, gouache and ink.
Ken McFarlane is an illustrator and comic artist based in Leeds who graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2012. A versatile artist, Ken is influenced by both Western and Eastern Pop-Culture, video games, and kawaii style.
Lewis Campbell, LostMonkeyArt
Lewis Campbell is an illustrator and artist who has a variety of specialisms from pen and ink drawings to large painted murals and canvases. He aims for his art to make the viewer believe that the otherworldly is just around the corner by using dark details and intricate landscapes to create highly energetic images.
Lyndon is an illustrator, writer and comic artist, working with a variety of publishers such as Disconnected Press, Blue Fox Comics and Hellbound Media. On occasion, you’ll even find him teaching comics. Outside of comics he produces artwork and designs for music bands, book covers, textile illustration, and concept work.
Patrick Warren is a freelance artist who has illustrated graphic novels professionally and worked as an artist/animator in the video game industry. He is currently working on his own graphic novel series “Necropolis: The Unusual Death of Elliot Finch”.
Rob Jackson is a cartoonist from Bolton. He has been self publishing his comics for over ten years and appeared in various anthologies and collections. His comics include ‘Corporation Pop’, the ‘Volunteers’ series, ‘The Storytellers’, ‘California’, ‘Slaves of the Megapode’ and Gin Palace’.
AmberDust and Zara Zukinee, Wine and Zine
The Wine and Zine Collective is a collaboration between five friends who met while studying Animation at University in 2009, and have since spread across England and Wales on our individual journeys creating art, comics and animation, though we always find time to catch up with a glass of wine!