Coatbridge Comic Con brings a little piece of Hollywood to Scotland

Coatbridge Comic Con took place at St. Bartholomew’s Primary School on Saturday (8 September).

Scottish-born comic writer Mark Millar organised the event as a way of raising money for local schools in his home town, whilst bringing a taste of Hollywood to Scotland.

The sold-out event featured an impressive line-up of special guests, including Still Game’s Greg Hemphill, Burnistoun’s Robert Florence, Outlander’s Richard Rankin and many of Mark’s fellow comic book creators from Marvel and DC Comics., including the creators of the upcoming Judge Dredd television show.

Workshops from Marvel and Beano and original props from some of Netflix’s biggest shows were hugely popular, with the greatest spectacle being the 100-foot tall inflatable Spider Man, which attracted kids and adults alike for selfies.

Famous film-favourite vehicles including the Delorean from Back to the Future and the Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets also made an appearance.

The biggest surprise was the generous donation from Marvel and DC Comics, of 5,000 free comic books for the children of St. Bartholomew’s Primary School, Pentland School and Townhead Primary School, that were distributed this morning to lucky students.

SUPERHEROES

The afternoon also saw a costume competition, for children and adults to dress up as their favourite superheroes, with costumes from The Incredibles and Wonder Woman to Ghostbusters and a baby bump Wolverine.

Mark, the creator of hit films such as the Kick-Ass franchise, and Kingsman: Secret Service, returned to his old primary school for the event, with all proceeds going towards projects in schools, churches and charities in the local area.

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