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Due to popularity, demand, and based on feedback, we're expanding to two-days, and an extra venue for larger panels and workshops! Read more

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Due to popularity, demand, and based on feedback, we're expanding to two-days, and an extra venue for larger panels and workshops!

Melksham, UK Events
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*VIDEO NOTE* "Brian" is the collective term for our convention planning team and staff. It may help to know this when you watch the video.

Melksham Comic Con is back! 2014 will be our third year, and this year, we’re expanding!

We turned to Kickstarter last year to help fund our second convention, and help us become self-sufficient for future years. We were successful, and we now have enough of a budget to maintain the size of the show – but the convention was so popular that we now have to expand to accommodate future growth. 

Just a snap of the crowds at 2013!
Just a snap of the crowds at 2013!

This, understandably, comes at an increased cost. 

We’ve made the decision to expand this year’s show in two ways: 

1. Become a two-day event. This gives more people the opportunity to enjoy the convention, as they can spend the whole weekend with us, or pick one day to come along and have a great day! 

2. Bigger Panel Rooms - and more of them! Our current panel room can only hold about 30 people – the demand for space at the 2013 Panels meant that we were turning away twice as many people as we could fit in! We have been able to acquire a second venue, right next to the current one that will allow more panels and workshops to run across the weekend, and accommodate up to 100 people in the audiences! Our feedback from attendees also asked for more panels, so by having a second day, and extra rooms, we can deliver! 

For those who don’t know much about Melksham, it’s a small town in the heart of Wiltshire in the UK. The Assembly Hall, where Melksham Comic Con is held, is right in our town centre, less than 5 minutes walk from a number of smaller venues that could also be used for Q&A sessions, workshops and activities to make our convention a town-wide weekend show. 

We’re starting with Melksham Town Hall. It’s directly in front of the Assembly Hall, and the main room can hold up to 100 people for panels, as well as a Committee Room which is perfect for “How-To” Workshops or interactive sessions. 

Our Kickstarter campaign this year is to fund the following aspects of Melksham Comic Con 2014:

- Venue Hire for the Second Day – this includes the cost of overnight secure lock-up of the facility and ensured safety of any guest and exhibitor items stored throughout the night. 

- Melksham Town Hall Hire – this second venue is also run and managed by the same staff as Melksham Assembly Hall, so there will be no additional staffing costs – however, we are required to pay for the hire of the extra rooms 

- Convention Promotional Printing – Last year we were very generously sponsored by a local print and design company, saving us thousands of pounds on promotional material to make the day a success. This year, we need to find the funds to pay for it ourselves. This includes all promotional posters and flyers, weekend programme of events for all attendees, event banners and signposting, and so on. 

- Kickstarter Rewards and Fees. 

Our 2013 Event Programmes
Our 2013 Event Programmes

Melksham Comic Con is totally not-for-profit. All the planning staff work for free outside of their day jobs and busy lives, year round to make sure the convention is a success. Any profits left after each event are ploughed back into the following year, but this only goes so far. 

Our Staff love what they do. They are a strong close-knit group of friends and family, who believe in their community and believe that Melksham Comic Con is worth doing – for the smiles, the laughter and the looks of awe and inspiration they see at the end of it all. 

Our Team of Brians
Our Team of Brians

 They have fun with it too – The Staff are known collectively as Brian to all convention attendees, guests and exhibitors, and this persona has become a part of the convention too – making Melksham Comic Con truly unique and special to the comic book industry! 

The Brian Logo
The Brian Logo

We have some fantastic rewards on offer in exchange for pledges this year – be sure to check them all out before making a decision – we’ve got merchandise galore, special artwork and comic book cameo opportunities as well as advertising options and sponsorship options for the businesses and entrepreneurs out there wanting to show their support! 

MCC 2014 Pin Badges  (Final Design May Be Subject to Change)
MCC 2014 Pin Badges (Final Design May Be Subject to Change)
MCC 2014 Tote Bag/Bag for Life!  (Final Design May Be Subject to Change)
MCC 2014 Tote Bag/Bag for Life! (Final Design May Be Subject to Change)
I Saved a Brian Exclusive Reward Mugs! (Final Design May Be Subject to Change)
I Saved a Brian Exclusive Reward Mugs! (Final Design May Be Subject to Change)
Slaine Art Prints by Mike Collins
Slaine Art Prints by Mike Collins
"12 Doctors" Art Prints by Mike Collins
"12 Doctors" Art Prints by Mike Collins
Artist Jo from Fairies Wear Boots Designs has offered limited pairs of basketball trainers, painted with ANY design you want!
Artist Jo from Fairies Wear Boots Designs has offered limited pairs of basketball trainers, painted with ANY design you want!
How about a caricature of yourself as your favourite character? Chailey Illman has offered three lucky people that chance if you pledge!
How about a caricature of yourself as your favourite character? Chailey Illman has offered three lucky people that chance if you pledge!

If you are able to help in ways other than pledging, or you’d like to find out more, ask questions or just send up some words of support, please do send us a message – we’d love to hear from you!

Risks and challenges

No project is without risks, but this is our second Kickstarter campaign, and we have also received help and support from a number of individuals who have succeeded with their own Kickstarters too. We've learned from last year, and we've planned for any setbacks.

We will rely on companies to produce certain rewards for us, and we will be bound by their timescales - but by running this campaign at the beginning of the year, for 30 days, it gives us ample time to continue planning and delivering Melksham Comic Con, as well as allowing some of our staff to dedicate their time to fulfilling Kickstarter pledges and ensuring all tasks are complete well within the timescales provided.

The other risk we face is not being successful. While Melksham Comic Con 2014 will still go ahead, our budget will be severely restricted, and we won't necessarily be able to afford a venue to hold larger panels, or promote the event as far afield as we'd like - but the dedication and level of work won't change!

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    ADOPT A BRIAN CERTIFICATE – A full-colour PDF certificate proving you are keeping Brians busy with convention planning! A listing on Twitter and Facebook via our pages, showing that you have Adopted a Brian and Saved Melksham Comic Con!

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    7 backers

    ADOPT A BRIAN CERTIFICATE – A printed Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian! Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme as someone who Adopted a Brian and Saved Melksham Comic Con!

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    BADGE REWARD - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian!
    Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. A set of three, specially designed Melksham Comic Con Pin Badges!

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    6 backers

    ART PRINT REWARD - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian!
    Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. An exclusive, A4 signed Superhero Poster Print by artist Nich Angell, featuring Brian!

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    6 backers

    TICKET REWARD 1 - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian!
    Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. A personalised letter from your adopted Brian! A ticket to one day at Melksham Comic Con (choose your day)!

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    8 backers

    TOTE BAG REWARD - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian!
    Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. A specially made, Melksham Comic Con Logo’d tote bag!

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    ONLINE SPONSOR OF THE WEEK REWARD - A full colour banner ad on our website, daily promotion via our Facebook page and Twitter feed for 7 days. Dates to be confirmed (no specific dates guaranteed)

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    ART PRINT REWARD - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian! Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. An A3 signed art print by Marvel artist Lee Townsend!

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    2 backers

    TICKET REWARD 2 - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and personalised letter from your adopted Brian! Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event. A pair of One-Day tickets for the event! (choose your day)

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    POSTER REWARD - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian!
    Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. An exclusive, numbered A3 signed Superhero Poster Print by artist Nich Angell, featuring Brian!

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    3 backers

    TICKET REWARD 3 - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, a personalised letter from your adopted Brian! Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. One Weekend Ticket to the Convention!

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    6 backers

    MUG PACKAGE - Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. Your adoption certificate, personalised letter and an “I SAVED A BRIAN”, Melksham Comic Con Mug!

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    2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

    ART PRINT REWARD 2 - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian! Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. An A3 signed Slaine art print by DC and Marvel artist Mike Collins!

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    ART PRINT REWARD 3 - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian! Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. An A3 signed Doctor Who "12 Doctors" art print by DC and Marvel artist Mike Collins!

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    5 backers All gone!

    TRANSFORMERS BOOK PACKAGE! All the adoption paperwork and thank yous, a weekend ticket to the convention, and a copy of Transformers ReGeneration One #100 - the final issue, signed by the ENTIRE UK creative team: Simon Furman, Andrew Wildman, Geoff Senior, Stephen Baskerville, John-Paul Bove and Jason Cardy!

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    2 backers

    TICKET AND MUG REWARD - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian!
    Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. An “I SAVED A BRIAN”, Melksham Comic Con Mug and a One-Day ticket to the convention!

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    1 backer

    MULTI-MERCH REWARD 1 – A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian!
    Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. A set of three, specially designed Melksham Comic Con Pin Badges, An exclusive Kickstarter Thank You Poster Print by Nich Angell AND a specially made, Melksham Comic Con Logo’d tote bag!

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    3 backers

    ONLINE ADVERTISING REWARD – A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian!
    Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. Your company logo and web address listed as a supporter on our website and our Facebook page. If you’re not a company, we will list YOU as an online supporter.

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    5 backers

    TICKET REWARD 4 - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian!
    Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. A pair of Weekend Tickets to the Convention!

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    4 backers

    MULTI-MERCH REWARD 2 – A printed Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian!
    Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. A set of three, specially designed Melksham Comic Con Pin Badges, An exclusive Kickstarter A4 Thank You Poster Print by Nich Angell, and “I SAVED A BRIAN” mug AND a specially made, Melksham Comic Con Logo’d tote bag!

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    MULTI-MUG REWARD – A printed Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian! Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. A set of four, “I SAVED A BRIAN” mugs for your kitchen to be the envy of all your friends!

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    LEE TOWNSEND SKETCH REWARD - A printed or PDF Adoption certificate, and a letter of thanks from your Brian! Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. An exclusive, A3 signed sketch by artist Lee Townsend of any comic book character you choose!

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    1 backer All gone!

    TRANSFORMERS ART PRINT PACKAGE! All the adoption paperwork and thank yous, a weekend ticket to the convention, and an A3 art print of the cover of Transformers ReGeneration One #100 - the final issue, signed by the ENTIRE UK creative team: Simon Furman, Andrew Wildman, Geoff Senior, Stephen Baskerville, John-Paul Bove and Jason Cardy!

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    ADVERTISING OPTION 1 – A quarter page space in the programme to do with as you wish (no swear words or negativity though!) Your name/company and web address listed on our website.

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    1 backer

    The Justice League Reward – FIVE Single-Day Tickets to the convention (choose your day!) We’ll also throw in MCC Pin Badges and an “I SAVED A BRIAN” Mug!

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    THE TRUE BELIEVERS REWARD – A quarter page space in the programme to do with as you wish (no swear words or negativity though!) Your name/company and web address listed on our website. A weekend ticket to the convention!

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    3 backers

    THE COUPLES REWARD - TWO Weekend Tickets to the convention, TWO "I Saved a Brian" Mugs, an A3 Nich Angell Art Print, and a Melksham Comic Con Logo'd Tote Bag for your eco-friendly shopping!
    You'll also get all adoption paperwork, programme listing and thanked on our social media pages.

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    The Avengers Reward – FIVE Weekend Tickets to the Convention! Bring your friends! We’ll also throw in an “I SAVED A BRIAN” Mug and MCC Tote Bag!

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    ADOPT A BRIAN MEGA PACKAGE!
    Your Adoption certificate, a personalised letter from your Brian, an “I SAVED A BRIAN” Mug, MCC pin badges, Tote Bag and A3 signed Superhero Poster Print by artist Nich Angell, featuring Brian AND a Weekend Ticket to the convention!

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    IAN CHURCHILL ORIGINAL ART REWARD: MUG PACKAGE - Listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme. Your adoption certificate, personalised letter, an “I SAVED A BRIAN”, Melksham Comic Con Mug, AND the original A3 pencils by Ian Churchill from Marineman Vol 1, #5 - page 26!

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    2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

    ORIGINAL CARICATURE ART by Chailey Illman - an exclusive caricature of up to any 3 people you choose (in the same picture) - hand drawn, inked and digitally coloured and printed. You will also get a pdf copy to reprint as many times as you like! We'll also throw in a pair of weekend tickets to the convention and you'll also be listed on Twitter, Facebook and in the 2014 event programme and get all the adoption paperwork!

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    PERSONALISED SHOES! Hand-painted basketball trainers in ANY design you choose! Artist Jo from Fairies Wear Boots Designs will paint whatever you want on any sized shoe you like (Toddler size 8 to Adult Size 13 available).
    Also comes with a pair of Weekend Tickets to the convention so you can show them off!

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    1 backer Limited (5 left of 6)

    ADVERTISING OPTION 2 – A HALF-PAGE space in the programme to do with as you wish (no swear words or negativity though!). Your name/company and web address listed on our website.

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    1 backer All gone!

    *THE PCG PACKAGE**
    A HALF-PAGE space in the programme to do with as you wish. Your name/company and web address listed on our website. WITH The Adopt a Brian Mega Package! Your Adoption certificate, a personalised letter from your Brian, an “I SAVED A BRIAN” Mug, MCC pin badges, Tote Bag and A3 signed Superhero Poster Print by artist Nich Angell, featuring Brian AND a Weekend Ticket to the convention!

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    SPONSOR OPTION 1 - A full page ad in the programme, your logo alongside other sponsors on the website, in the programme and on the advertising posters. Listings on our social media sites.

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    SPONSOR OPTION 2 - A pull-up banner featuring any image you choose (approved by the MCC Team – company logo, your face etc), prominently displayed at the convention all weekend, showing you as a major supporter of the event! You’ll also get all the pin badges, an “I SAVED A BRIAN” mug and MCC tote bag!

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    THE EPONYMOUS BACKER REWARD. Have your likeness illustrated into an issue of Eponymous from VS Comics by artist Extraordinaire Martin Simonds! This is your opportunity to be immortalised by having your very own comic cameo. You will also receive the collected first and second trade signed by the entire creative team, and a pair of Weekend Tickets to the convention!

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    2014 Guest of Honour – All adoptions certificates letters and listing on social media and in the programme. Free entry for you and a friend for the whole weekend, special “Guest of Honour” T-shirt to wear for the day and keep. Exclusive Guest of Honour Goody bag. Priority seats at any and all panels. Named on the tannoy during the day as one of the Guests of Honour. A set of badges, an “I SAVED A BRIAN” mug and MCC tote bag!

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    PANEL SPONSOR – Your company logo on all our promotional posters and flyers. You will be announced as a sponsor for one of the panels or workshops over the weekend – this will be listed in our programme, on our website, and announced at the convention and in the panel. You’ll also get a half-page advert in our programme, all the Brian adoption paperwork and two “I SAVED A BRIAN” mugs!

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    PREMIUM SPONSOR OF MELKSHAM COMIC CON - You will be listed as a sponsor on our website, all social media pages, in our programme, on all our promotional posters and flyers, on all our banners. You’ll get a half-page advert in our programme. We will provide distribution of your company’s flyers or business cards at any fundraising events we hold, and the convention itself. We will give you Corporate Day Tickets to the convention to your staff too (quantity to be agreed)! You’ll also get all the Brian adoption paperwork and a set of four “I SAVED A BRIAN” mugs for your staff room!

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