More Details Emerge from the Northants International Comics Expo 2012

So the convention which boasts Alan Moore’s first comic convention appearance in over twenty-five years give us some more info.

Here we go folks the first official press release from Jeff Chahal the owner of  the Close Encounters Comic Shops in Northampton and Bedford. Jeff is one of driving forces behind the Northants International Comics Expo, which is being organised by Pocket Watch Conventions in conjunction with Close Encounters.

I actually popped into Close Encounters (to my eternal shame it’s been years and years since I’ve set foot inside it and boy have things changed!) to talk to Jeff and find out more about the convention. One the of the things he wanted to get across was that at the moment  he is a ‘one man band’ and so if there are any delays to bare with him and he will answer all emails. He’s also very passionate about  the ‘donating comics’ idea and I think  we can expect to see more of this idea even after the convention. It was also importent to Jeff that newbies to the world of comics be able to check out some of what is on offer without having be charged for it.

The dealers, cos-play and art gallery areas will all be free to access all weekend with no entrance ticket required.

The Northampton Library will also be at the convention to take any unwanted comics off your hands. I think it’s a great idea as I know I have a load of comics I would like to get rid of but don’t have the heart to bin and don’t have the time to sell.

The event sounds like a lot of fun with a great guest list and I plan to be there covering the show for GS. Given that the event is taking place in my home town and about thirty minutes from where I live I have no excuse. Fingers crossed the weather holds so we can enjoy a great new comic convention. The location isn’t a huge one so I would say if you really want to attend book your tickets sooner rather than later.

The UK’s newest major comic expo presents

Alan Moore’s first convention appearance in 25 years

On the weekend of September 22nd – 23rd, Wicksteed Leisure Park will play host to Northants International Comics Expo 2012. N.I.C.E is the UK’s newest, most unique and family friendly comics expo. Headlining guest of honour for the inaugural event is one of the most acclaimed comic creators of all time, Alan Moore. This is a unique opportunity to attend convention panels with Moore, as it is the first comic convention he has attended in over 25 years.

N.I.C.E Guest of Honour – Alan Moore

For nearly 30 years Alan Moore has been universally acclaimed as the most ground-breaking and literate comic writer in the world. His early days in UK comics such as 2000AD and Warrior led to the creation of enduring stories such as The Ballad of Halo Jones and V for Vendetta. He redefined the idea of superhero icons in The Killing Joke, Marvelman and most notably Watchmen, which is still the only graphic novel on TIME magazine’s 100 Greatest Novels list. From there he has created an eclectic body of work such as From Hell, Lost Girls and The League of Extra-Ordinary Gentleman. Renowned as both an entertaining and enlightening speaker by those lucky enough to have experienced one of Alan Moore’s rare readings or talks, N.I.C.E 2012 is delighted to announce that he has graciously accepted the invitation to be Guest of Honour at our inaugural 2012 event.

On the Saturday evening of N.I.C.E 2012, Moore will give an unprecedented hour-long talk, sharing his comic-writing expertise. Visitors to the convention can then experience an hour-long Q&A session.

The convention will also feature signing and sketch sessions from an array of major international comic creators. In addition, N.I.C.E 2012 will host art workshops for children, cos-play competitions, original art galleries and auctions, live music, discussions and Q&A panels, and much more! There will also be a large dealers’ area to search for those rare back issues and collectables. The dealers, cos-play and art gallery areas will all be free to access all weekend with no entrance ticket required.

N.I.C.E. and Alan Moore will be supporting a donation program on behalf of Northamptonshire Libraries. Throughout the weekend you will be able to visit the Library’s table and donate your old graphic novels and trade paperbacks. Please help and recycle those unwanted books so these local libraries build a better selection of graphic novels and TPB’s for your communities! Every book that is donated will also be matched by another thanks to the generosity of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.

To kick-start these donations it will be requirement that a donation is made to this program for entry to either of the ALAN MOORE panels. Your proof of donation, along with your show ticket, will be required for admission. Please note that due to the expected high demand for these panels they will take place in the evening after the main convention day has ended and attendees may enjoy the rest of the Park’s facilities before re-entering the main venue after seating has been reorganised.

Attending Guests

The list of further confirmed guests features acclaimed creators from all the major UK and US publishers. They include –

Charlie Adlard, Simon Bisley, Doug Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Alan Davis, Steve Dillon, Marko Djurdjevic, Glenn Fabry, Melinda Gebbie, R.M. Guera, Adi Granov, David Hine, Shaky Kane, Dave Kendall, Clint Langley, Ben Oliver, Esad Ribic, Greg Staples, John Watson.

All signing sessions will be free of charge to convention ticket holders.


Venue – Wickstead Park

Both a country and a leisure Park, Wicksteed provides a beautiful and entertaining surrounding for the inaugural N.I.C.E. event. As well as being one of the UK’s oldest theme parks, it is also an English Heritage Grade II Listed Park and Garden, and will provide a unique venue for a comic convention.

Visitors can walk into the park 365 days a year, free of charge. The grounds and gardens of Wicksteed Park cover 147 acres, and include something for everybody to enjoy, whether you are visiting as a family, enjoying one of the many live daytime shows or attending a private hire event.

Wicksteed is located on the outskirts of Kettering in Northamptonshire, and is easily accessible from London by Rail (via London St. Pancras). If you wish to drive, the park has a large number of parking facilities available. Please see for all the details of the many attractions that this historic British park has to offer.

Tickets and Enquiries

Tickets, contact details and further information, are available from the convention website:

Prices are £15 (+£1 handling charge) for a Saturday or Sunday day ticket, or £25 (+£1 handling charge) for a full weekend ticket.

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