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The Establishing Shot: Upcoming - Countdown to KAPOW! COMIC CON

Monday, January 10, 2011 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

KAPOW! COMIC CONKAPOW! Its finally happened. Looks like the UK is getting a fan convention that is going to hit the sweet spot. I am of course talking about Mark Millar's KAPOW! COMIC CON.

Along with the other fan conventions KAPOW! COMIC CON is making the UK the place to be for all things comic and superhero related. In case you are unsure of the awesomeness of Mark Millar he is - the Scottish fan boy that dropped out to chase his dream of being a comic writer and went from standing in line to get Alan Moore's autograph to MAJOR power player via Trident Comics, 2000AD, Fleetway, DC, DC's Wildstorm, Marvel and eventually his own line of comics published under his Millarworld banner. I haven't mentioned that his ascent was oiled by delivering some of the most engaging and generation defining stories of our time at each publisher - or his critical involvment in updating the Marvel Universe to its current more filmable sensibilities. A knack that he has carried over to his own titles like; Kick-Ass, Wanted, the soon to be a major motion picture Nemesis and in development War Heroes.

Millar is also behind CLiNT, a monthly magazine bringing the best existing & new comics talent together. It features hooks like Millar's worth the cover price alone; Kick-Ass 2, Nemesis & American Jesus, Jonathan Ross's 30s based Vampire vs. Super heroes saga Turf, Frankie Boyle's insane Rex Royd, Stewart Lee's The Property and merging it with hilarious un PC columns and articles; this month's issue includes interviews with the likes of David Mitchell, Stewart Lee & Kevin Smith, indepth looks at the ISS Enterprise and a personal favourite Vern's Guide to Badass Cinema; and much more!). Coming across as an international anarchic post meta human generation update on the traditional great British titles like; A Boys Own (not strictly for boys only though), Lion, Action, Hotspur, Tiger, Valiant, 2000AD, Revolver all rolled into one and then blended with Monty Python and The Twilight Zone. If some of the aforementioned titles are unknown to you. How I envy the undiscovered country that lies ahead of you. Issue 4 of CLiNT out now, with issue 5 expected to be unchained any day now and available from all decent magazine resellers.

Which brings us back too - it seems that Millar is continuing his takeove of the world's media by creating a much needed local alternative to the other Comic Con (San Diego Comic Con) right here in London. Yes! KAPOW! COMIC CON will be, the place to be this April 9&10.

Mark Millar has openly said that KAPOW! COMIC CON is loosely based on SDCC so you can expect all the best of Comic Con, just earlier and without all the travel hassle. So for 2 days, Londoners (& others) can expect to be treated to panel discussions (and hopefully some show & tell) about all the latest comic, super hero, games and film related goodnes that they can handle brought on at KAPOW! COMIC CON.

The full event schedules can be expected to be released around Febuary 14 but so far we know that:

- Saturday 9 April 2011, KAPOW! COMIC CON will host the first ever annual Stan Lee Awards. - "this is a fantastic platform to reward the cream of comic book talent for all their creativity and imagination throughout 2010, which has brought us so much entertainment and inspiration". Dare I say it? I wonder if Stan the Man Lee will be putting in an appearance?

- Sunday 10 April 2011 KAPOW! COMIC CON will have the first public screening of Mark Millar's directorial film debut Miracle Park. Described as ‘the X-men meets Trainspotting’ and ‘a chilling, violent and totally new experience in cinema. Miracle Park starts where other superhero movies draw the line’.
- Secret screening? A fan favourite at the old Comic Con and Empire's MovieCon. Rumour is that along with Miracle Park we can expect a secret screening that may be one of this year's big superhero films. Think Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger. I'm guessing that as Thor has an expected end of April release date - this is a real possibility.

- Sunday 10 April 2011. A live Comic Pros vs. Fans Game Show quiz hosted by none other than Mr. Jonathan Ross.

- Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 April 2011: There will be a massive collection of previews of upcoming films. Rumour is that we will be the first group in the world to see footage from DREDD. As Andrew MacDonald, DREDD producer is a confirmed guest. I think this is a real possibility.

- Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 April 2011: Previews of both upcoming US & UK TV shows.

- Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 April 2011: The opportunity to have your art work reviewed by top talent.

- Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 April 2011: Lots of Cosplay including a Sunday parade.

- Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 April 2011: Panel discussions with top international talent from across Comics, TV, Game & Film that includes confirmed guess (PS All autographs are free):

From the world of Comics:
John Romita Jr (Kick-Ass, Uncanny X-Men, Amazing Spiderman), Leinil Yu (X-Men, Captain America, Superior), , Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Rogue Trooper, Green Lantern), Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, WE3, New X-Men), Mark Millar (Kick Ass, Civil War, Wolverine Old Man Logan, Superman: Red Son) , Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates, The Authority, Fantastic Four) , Olivier Coipel (Thor, Siege), Kevin O'Neill (Marshall Law, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman), Steve Dillon (Preacher, Hellblazer), Mike McMahon (Slaine, Judge Dredd) , Brian Bolland (Batman: The Killing Joke, Judge Dredd vs. Judge Dredd), Andy Diggle (The Losers, Hellblazer, Daredevil) , Jock (The Losers, Green Arrow Year One) , Brett Ewins (Judge Dredd, Bad Company, Johnny Nemo) , David Lloyd (Kickback, V for Vendetta) , Matt Smith (udge Dredd, 2000 AD) , Pat Mills (Charley's War, ABC Warriors), Steve Yeowell (Zenith, The Red Seas), Kieron Gillen (Phonogram, The Uncanny X-Men), Liam Sharp (Event Horizon, Testament), John McCrea (Hitman, The Boys), Sean Phillips (Sleeper, Criminal, Marvel Zombies) , Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy, Jay & Silent Bob: Chasing Dogma) , David Hine (Silent War, The Brave and The Bold) , Adi Granov (Iron Man: Extremis Series, Astonishing Iron Man) , Simon Furman (Transformers, Terminator: Revolution) , Chris Weston (The Book of Eli, Indigo Prime) , Al Ewing (I, Zombie, Marvel Heroes) , James Hodgkins (Batman, Spiderman) , Peter Hogan (Tom Strong And The Robots Of Doom, Robo-Hunter) , David Lafuente (Runaways, Ultimate Spider-man)

From the world of Entertainment (& Comics):
Frankie Boyle (Clint, Mock the Week, My Shit Life So Far), Jonathan Ross (as if the legend needs an introduction; Turf, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross), Stewart Lee (Jerry Springer - The Opera, How I Escaped My Certain Fate, Comedy Vehicle) , Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Captain Britain), Noel Clarke (Dr Who, Kidulthood, Adulthood,, Brendan McCarthy (Swimini Purpose, Solo, Fever, MAD MAX : FURY ROAD), Andrew MacDonald (Trainspotting, Sunshine , 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, The Last King of Scotland , Never Let Me Go and DREDD, YES THE NEW JUDGE DREDD FILM.

From the world of Publishing:
Eric Stephenson Image Comics Publisher)
Nick Landau (Nick Landau is co-owner of the Titan Entertainment Group)

Ok! So I know what you are thinking. No mention of Alan Moore? And where can I get tickets?

Well, bear in mind that the full KAPOW! COMIC CON line up has not been announced yet but an Alan Moore appearance would be awesome and it would be really special to see the man who was way ahead of his time in bringing Super Heroes into the modern world - in some way recognised for his work, here in his own backyard. I'm just throwing it out there. But I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Moore had other plans for that weekend.

My limited understanding is that tickets will only be available for purchase before the show starts from http://www.kapowcomiccon.com/:

If that's not enough - if you get your ticket now, you could be in with a chance to be cameod in the new Kick-Ass 2 comic.

Countdown to KAPOW! COMIC CON

London Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

9am - 7pm, Sat 9 April, 2010
10am - 5pm, Sun 10 April, 2010

More info:

Keep an eye on my blog as I'll soon be bringing you some exclusive video from the opening night of the Russian Standard Vodka Film Festival screening of Kick Ass and Mark Millar QA with Empire's Chris Hewitt.