I try and go to at least 4 or 5 cons per year. Here are the one I go to if I can:
Thought Bubble, Leeds - Bit of trek for southerners but it’s by far the best UK con. A great mix of big names and independent guys, a relaxed atmosphere and great organisation.
N.I.C.E., Bedford - A much smaller con that focuses on big name guests. I’ve found queues aren’t that long. Not many dealers at the show though if you’re after buying comics.
London Film & Comic Con - Good because most of the attendees are there for the tv/film guests so the comic guys are relatively queueless.
London Super Con - Lots of dealers selling stuff and lots of punters so it can get busy. There are panels and talks if that’s your thing and plenty of named guests although they are increasingly being repeated year on year.
Lakes Festival, Cumbria - The whole town comes out for this and there are workshops, kids activities and plenty of exhibitions. Comic guest wise it’s quite limited but I did get to meet Jeff Smith in 2014.
Roll Out Roll Call, Southampton - A Transformers/G.I. Joe con with a few key guests (Larry Hama) and several toy dealers. It’s in a hotel so space is limited and the entry prices are high.
Most of the big shows have publishers there doing portfolio reviews and panel talks.
Next months LSCC has the following key guests:
David Aja (want a quick sketch from him? Be prepared to wait up to 4 hours in line)
Frank Cho (saw him before at a previous LSCC and was a right grumpy sod)
Juanjo Guarnido (The main reason I’m going. Hoping to get a sketch from the Blacksad artist)
Esad Ribic (attends most big UK cons and is super miserable and horrendously expensive)
Loads of other guests are attending.