The Portsmouth Comic Con was held last weekend, which was a right bugger for us 2000 AD fans. The reason being was that the con itself had an excellent amount of 2000 AD creators in attendance but also on the same weekend was the 2000 AD FCBD event at Orbital Comics in London. What was I to do, especially as Simon Fraser was at Portsmouth with an exclusive Nikolai Dante print.
There was only one thing to do, I contacted the enemy of the cosplay Judges, Wendy ‘Perp’ Payne and asked her to grab me a print from Simon and try to get some pictures of all those creators there. Luckily for her, she agreed (as I will see her at Lawgiver IV and not kill her) so off she went and here’s her report.
‘This weekend in my hometown of Portsmouth we had our first comic con. I was given a task of gettin’ photos of certain artists ‘Doing stuff’ from John Burdis. As well as picking up a print for him. I made my task the first thing to do once I was in. As I went up to the artists I didn’t know how to approach them so I said this “I’ve been given a task by a friend to get your photo. Do you know or have heard of John Burdis”. Some didn’t and my reply was…. ‘”You’re the lucky one then.” Sorry John. Some of, actually all of the photos were rather funny poses from the artists and I enjoyed my task. I have to admit my fave pic is the one of Simon Fraser holding up John’s print.
The event was well organised and had a variety of things going on. For a first time event they did very well, hopefully there will be a few more Judges attend next year.’
After that there really is only one way to start all the pictures, yes, with Simon Fraser.
Simon signing the wonderful print for me.
A fantastic Dredd sketch by Simon, alas this was for Wendy’s friend, Nadia.
Rob Williams was there, waving to me as well.
Laurence Campbell did the chin of Dredd!
Frank Quitely was there, damn, another person I keep missing!
Declan Shalvey waved vigorously at me, through the camera.
Next up is John Charles, who is currently colouring in Sinister Dexter. Plus here are a couple of his prints, the first one of which, Wendy bought for herself.
Last but by no means least, the wonderful Chris Weston and a sketch that he did for Wendy’s friend, Nadia. The lucky bugger!
To round it all off, here are a couple of Judge prisoners on day release from Titan, Ken Simmons and Helen McIlhinney.
As you can see, it was an impressive weekend down on the south coast and definitely one for the future, especially if they go for a large amount of Tharg’s droids.
Once again, a massive thanks to Wendy for going out of her way and supplying all the pictures and chatting to all the charming creators.