Thursday, 18 August 2011

Aliens, Dr Who and Kuretake ...must be the London Film and Comic Con 2011!

The world of pens takes me to many interesting places that I've never been before, and when we had the opportunity to sponsor the Artists Alley at this years London Film & Comic Con (LFCC) we jumped at the chance to take ZIG pens somewhere new!  It was Kuretake's (and my own) debut at a film and comic convention so we really had no idea what we would see, or who we would meet....

Steph and I with the Storm Troopers at the Kuretake booth!

The London Film and Comic Con is the UK's largest comic, movie and manga/gaming event and it's held at Earls Court annually.  It was great fun, so many people dress up in incredible costumes and the atmosphere was brilliant. We had a booth and sponsored the Artists Alley, an area where artists of any skill level can chill out, draw (with ZIG pens of course!) and meet other artists.  Whatever they draw can then be pinned on the wall and at the end of each day the organisers pick a winner.

Kuretake Artists Alley

The Artists Alley was buzzing all weekend and there were some amazing entries to the daily competition....

Competition wall

I never get tired of seeing someone pick up one of our pens and draw something amazing and unexpected with it!....

Incredible hulk with ZIG Kurecolors

Sketching with Kurecolors
Manga with ZIG Brushables

 A lot of people dress up for LFCC and there were many interesting (and some rather frightening) visitors to the ZIG booth!......


Me and the amazing remote controlled R2-D2. So wanted to take him home!

And of course we had some lovely customers at the booth too...


As part of the Artists Alley, a blank comic strip was created , the empty comic boxes were then filled in by visitors to the Artist Area....

Over the course of the weekend it got filled up with witty, colourful artwork....

Have you been to the LFCC before? If not, there really is something for everyone! A big crowd pleaser is the famous actors who attend to do signings, talks and pose for photos with fans.   

Karen Gillan, Christopher Lloyd, Alex Kingston & Derek Jacobi

Dr Who seemed to dominate the LFCC this year, with the hugely popular appearance of Dr Who actress Karen Gillan.  I have to admit I'm not really a Dr Who or SciFi fan (sorry!) but I am a huge Prison Break fan and got to see actor Robert Knepper who plays Theodore (T-Bag) Bagwell which was cool, and Corey Feldman from the Goonies, one of my favourite films ever! So that made me happy. You can see the full list of actors in attendance at this year on the LFCC website. There were loads!

There are also some great videos on YouTube covering the event.

Aside from the actors, there's plenty more to see at the LFCC, including stalls selling comics and collectables, Nintendo gaming stations, and professional comic artists at work.  We got to catch up with some of these artists, including John Mcrea

Artwork from John McCrea

John McCrea illustrates for Marvel and DC Comics, inking characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Hulk, Spider Man, Daredevil, Wolverine, Star Wars, Judge Dredd and the Simpsons! He's a Lucasfilm accredited artist and is a huge fan of ZIG pens! He uses ZIG Scroll & Brush and ZIG Brushables in a lot of his artwork.

We also met some new faces including Al Davison, an Illustrator and Manga artist. Al was an instant fan of our more traditional Japanese pens, including the Kuretake Brush Writer and we hope to be working a lot more with Al in the future.
Illustration by Al Davison

And we met Liam Shalloo, a comic colourist well known for his work on the Transformers brand. He uses watercolour to colour a lot of his artwork, and is now using some ZIG Art & Graphic Twin pens! 

Liam Shalloo

We took some work from our favourite ZIG artists to display at the LFCC, so a special thanks to Facundo Lopez and Alice de Ste Croix aka Destiny Blue for sharing your work with us! You can see their work in the background of many of these photos and you can check out their DeviantArt pages by clicking the links above.

The London Film & Comic Con will be back next year! Link up with the organisers, Showmasters, on twitter and facebook to find out all of the 2012 plans!

Were you at the LFCC this year?  If so, we'd love to hear your experience!...

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PS: Thanks Showmasters for the use of the images from your website!