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Top artists to feature at Comic Con festival in Laois

Portlaoise will host the midlands’ largest comic convention – Comic Con, featuring a host of renowned artists and illustrators during the Old Fort Quarter Festival in June.

The event will bring a host of fun, top Irish comic creators, comic village, artist alley, geek Market, craft stalls, display vehicles, gaming zone, exhibitor and artist expo area, costume characters, cosplay contest, and much more!

The event will take place on Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 in O’Loughlin’s Hotel, Main St, Portlaoise.

Celtic Con will run alongside The Old Fort Quarter Festival in Portlaoise.

Tickets are available at Celtic Comics Railway Street Portlaoise. or visit celticcon.com

If you love comic books, art and manga then the organisers say the Comic Village  is the place for you.

“Comic Village is a great way to discover new talent, get bespoke art to your tastes and meet with some Comic Legends!” the organisers outline.

They say “it’s time to let out the geek in all of us” and find that unique, rare or interesting item you have been questing for.

The best dealers have been assembled from across UK to give you the chance to bag some amazing Merch including, figures, trading cards, anime, clothes, comics, table-top games and more!

At the Game Zone you’ll find retro, indie and the latest games on console as well as table-top games, trading card games and just about anything that involves a dice. Challenge a friend, defeat a stranger or get involved in one of our tournaments.

It wouldn’t be a comic convention without attendees dressing up as their favourite characters! Celtic Con features a cosplay competition where you can showcase your costumes on stage for the chance to win some great prizes.

“This is where we will host our art and cosplay competitions along with presentations and keeping you in the loop of all the crazy going-ons’ during this highly concentrated Geek Fest!” said main organiser Martin Moore, the ownwer of Celtic Comics in Portlaoise.

An artist showcase will also be hosted in association with Caffe Latte in Dunamaise Arts Centre.

Celtic Con – Savage Town Exhibition will also run for the entire month of June in Caffe Latte Dunamaise Arts Centre.

It will feature original artwork from the acclaimed Limerick-set graphic novel Savage Town written by Declan Shalvey and drawn by Philip Barrett.

Loosely based on real events at the turn of the millennium, the graphic novel Savage Town charts the rise of small-time gangster Jimmy ‘Hardy’ Savage in a city gripped by two big-time gangs. This selection of black and white artwork from the book showcases the gritty characterisation and authenticity of setting which has contributed to the book’s international success.

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A journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty