60 seconds with… Paisley Comics Festival

Friday 6th April, 2018

Paisley Comic Con returns with a week-long festival of events and activities around the town from Saturday 7 April.

The festival climaxes on Saturday 14 April with the Paisley Comic Con at Paisley Town Hall for a whole day dedicated to comic book art and culture, while showcasing a range of local Scottish creative talent.

Last year’s event had over 2000 attendees and organiser Alasdair Watson tells you why Paisley Comics Festival 2018 will be bigger and better than before.

Tell us about yourself and what you will be doing in the town:

I’m Alasdair and along with my business partner Thom, I’m the organiser of Paisley Comic Con. I grew up in Paisley in the 90s feeling that I didn’t have much opportunity to express my geeky interests or my creativity, so Paisley Comic Con and Paisley Comics Festival is my way of giving the town something new and creative to be excited about.


What did you enjoy about last year’s event?

Last year’s event was a huge success, we had over 2000 people attend, and loads of comic creators in attendance. I really enjoyed the fun atmosphere, with lots of creative activities going on, and the connections built between people who attended.


How is this year’s event going to be different to last year?

This year we have around 30 Scottish Comicbook creators in attendance, and they’re the stars of this year’s convention. We have 5 hours of workshops on the process of making Comicbooks and stories, and we’re hoping that the Creators Hub will be an opportunity for people to meet other artists and be inspired to express themselves. We’ve also got even more fun activities for young people throughout the event, and more vendors of comics, toys, and crafts in our Market Hall.


Why do you think people should come along to the festival?

We’ve expanded Paisley’s Comics Festival which this year is made up of a dozen events across Paisley’s libraries, shops, cafes and bars. It’s another chance for the town to shine as a destination for fun days out, and a chance for people to make new friends and discover some local talent.


What do you enjoy about hosting this event in Paisley?

There’s a real buzz around Paisley. I’ve been overwhelmed with the support of local businesses and the festival’s attendees. For hosting an event, it’s the best town in Scotland – everyone is excited to get out and try something new, and I think we’re going to have a really great week of fun activities.


What are you most looking forward to at this year’s event?

I’m really hoping to see people get inspired to create their stories, and see comicbooks as a great tool for self-expression. Paisley Comic Con will see the launch of Paisley’s first comicbook publisher, Trongate Publishing – I cant wait to pick up their first book.

I’m also pretty excited for our film night on Friday, with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters. My childhood on the big screen!


When we say ‘Paisley is…’, how you would finish the sentence?

Paisley is a town of superheroes.

Find out more about Paisley Comics Festival

I regularly visit the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries and Paisley Arts Centre and try to attend as many of the festivals and events in the town as possible... I particularly enjoy Sma’ Shot Day.

Laura Gray

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