Melksham Comic Con was the newest and smallest convention to hit the scene in 2012.
When announced, it was met locally with excitement and curiosity, and nationally with intrigue, and probably quite a bit of doubt.
We organised the day after hearing customers in our new independent comic book store in Melksham saying how they’d like to see something like that in town. However, we’d only ever been to big city conventions, and had no idea if we could pull off the same type of thing in a town with a population of less than 50,000.
Why would a small town want to do such a thing, when people can just hop on a train to London and go to a big city convention?
Well, not everyone can do that. Our aim was to get a new audience, a new generation of people to recognise the industry for more that what it can be seen as to outsiders.
So we took a chance. And it paid off.
We wanted to break the mould. We wanted to give everyone the feel of a city convention, with the heart of a local community. We do what we feel is right, not necessarily because we SHOULD, or because other events are or aren’t doing it, but because it’s what we WANT to do, and what we feel YOU deserve!
It took eight months of fundraising, and appealing for local government grants. We were successful, and we will be eternally grateful for their assistance in getting us off the ground, but they can only fund us for Year One.
In order to grow, and build on the first year, it’s going to cost us more, and will require more hours of work, and dedication.
2013 is already in the works! With special guests like Kieron Gillen, Andrew Wildman, Simon Furman, Mike Collins, Lee Townsend, Emma Vieceli, Kate Brown, Paul Duffield, Ben Oliver and Rob Williams we’re already bigger than last year!
The pledges here, if our goal is reached will allow us to book more brilliant guests, advertise, market and promote a small but powerful convention and deliver an amazing day for all involved.
We’ll also be able to reward you all with super cool and even exclusive merchandise, tickets to MCC 2013 and more surprises on the day!
If we were to exceed the goal we’ve set here, ALL money goes back into funding MCC 2013 in bigger and better ways, future conventions and related events!
MCC is entirely not-for-profit, the day is about YOU and making sure you have fun, feel inspired and return home happy!
Small But Mighty – Melksham Comic Con is returning for a second year! A convention for the fans, by the fans!
Here are some reviews from the 2012 event:
“Never before have we been assisted to a table: Only the week before we were bumping and scraping our luggage up a staircase in the London Business Design Centre, dutifully watched by a large number of ‘helpers’. Melksham had already made an impressive start.”
“I was so honoured to be witnessing the start of so many peoples’ love for graphic art and illustration. “
“The small, inclusive “friends working together” feel of the con was to its service. The staff, all of whom seemed to be of the name Brian, were helpful, friendly, and clearly as happy to be there as the attendees. No one was without time to stop and chat with you, not even the guests”
“The entire day was fun, well planned, informative and inspirational to both fans and those who, like me, are hoping to work in the industry if we grow up.”
“Following something of a rather successful début into the world of comic conventions, the second Melksham Comic Convention has been announced for next year with a set date of Saturday 31st August, 2013.
The first year surprised us all with its small yet complete feel and sense of cohesion and planning, something some of the bigger cons sometimes often miss when they put their schedules together.
We heartily suggest that you add it as a date for your diary and consider it a worthy a trip for the family, particularly given the wonderful surroundings and the somewhat heart-warming welcome awaiting. With any luck, they’ll add to the bill next year and start to make this little village a big attraction on the comic conventions map.”