Laois gears up for Celtic Con - Ireland's Midland Comic Convention

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Laois gears up for Celtic Con - Ireland's Midland Comic Convention

Crowds gathered at Celtic Comics Portlaoise for the opening of Celtic Con - Ireland's Midland Comic Convention.

There are only a few days left to get your cape washed and utility belt loaded with batarangs and shark repellent bat spray, before Celtic Con - Ireland’s Midland Comic Convention rolls into town.

The two-day festival of superheroics and comicbook capers at O’Loughlins Hotel in Portlaoise promises twice the geekery, gaming and good old family fun as was evident at last year’s inaugural event.

Organised by Martin Moore of Celtic Comics on Railway Street, where the official launch took place this week, Celtic Con is two whole days of fantasy escapism and pop culture art, with something to suit all tastes from computer games and cosplay charades, to a rich selection of comicbook classics and toys for kids both big and small.

This colourfully unique event will feature comic dealers and artists, as well as the chance to meet with some comic industry legends, including Glenn Fabry, Ryan Brown, Michael Carroll, PJ Holden, Triona Farrell, Philip Barrett, Paul Bolger, Barry Devlin, Eoin Marron, and Gráinne McEntee, to name but a few.

Collectors or just the casually curious will find something to stoke their interest in either the Comic Village or The Geek Market, featuring a wealth of classic comics, bespoke art, and a full range of merchandise such as figures, trading cards, games, clothes and more.

There will also be a Gaming Zone, an Artists Alley, display vehicles, craft stalls, panel discussions, exhibitor and artist expo areas, and an artists showcase.

There’s also a chance to step outside of yourself for the day by taking part in the cosplay competition, where attendees can dress up as their favourite comicbook or fantasy character to be in with the chance of winning some awesome prizes.

Celtic Con comes to Portlaoise on Saturday and Sunday, June 23/24. A one day pass is €10, a weekend pass is €15, and a family weekend pass is €30.

Tickets are available from Celtic Comics, Railway Street, Portlaoise. For more information see the Celtic Con 2018 Facebook page.

Ahead of the comic convention, two titans of the comicbook industry will be in Portlaoise next week signing copies of a new Irish graphic novel.

Savage Town is a pitch-black comedy set in the world of Limerick gangsters, written by Declan Shalvey with art by Philip Barrett.

Shalvey is comic-book royalty, well-known for his work on such top-tier Marvel titles as Deadpool, Moon Knight and The Punisher. Barrett is a writer-artist whose work mainly consists of contemporary short stories drawn in a clean-lined brush style.

There will be an instore signing of Savage Town by both men at the Celtic Comics store on Railway Street, Portlaoise, on Thursday, June 21, from 4pm.