Demoncon is a small comic convention that is held every year in Maidstone, Kent, organised by comic store, the Grinning Demon. Held in the local shopping centre, on a Sunday, it takes over the shops and walkways with stalls purveying the latest comics, memorabilia and merchandise, but also gives the artists and writers a chance to meet and greet their fans and readers.
The atmosphere was very pleasant. This was not a stressful place to be, with the vaguely Steampunk feel of the surroundings, and natural light shining through onto the comic resources, it was very easy to appreciate the amazing work the artists were showing off. There were plenty of goodies on sale and it was a nice venue for first time comic fans to go to pop their convention cherry. Walking past one stall we could see a fan leafing through an artist's portfolio and uttering, unashamedly, 'God I just love your work..." There was a definite feel of the love of comics and their associated media and as people, old and young, wandered around, some in cosplay, some not, they were all happily soaking in the experience.
There were plenty of big names on site, with the likes of Dan Abnett, Kurtis Wiebe, Marc Laming. Lee Townsend, Dave Stokes and Jack Lawrence in Residence. All were on hand to talk to fans, show off their latest work and sell their comics at great show prices. We also had a good look around at some new IP and were particularly taken by The Kill Screen, Stephenson's Robot and Westernoir. Keep an eye on our comics review section, later on for more info about those.
Also on site were many Cosplayers, and the standard was very high. There did seem to be an obsession with Judge Dredd, but also spotted were Cybermen, various Star Wars characters, and plenty of Marvel and DC homages. They were having plenty of fun and staying in character.