Fantasy Legend Brian Froud Heads To Portsmouth Comic Con 2020

Fantasy Legend Brian Froud Heads To Portsmouth Comic Con 2020

A Fantastic Weekend Ahead

In what is already one of the most talked about Comic Cons coming to the UK this year, we think this announcement might just take Portsmouth Comic Con – International Festival of Comics to the next level.  

We are delighted to announce that joining the impressive Artists Alley, sponsored by Catawiki, is award-winning illustrator, author and world-renowned authority on faeries and faery lore, Brian Froud

Froud was the lead concept designer and a puppetry pioneer for the Jim Henson films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. He has collaborated with Terry Jones (Labyrinth and Monty Python), on The Goblins of the Labyrinth, and subsequently on a number of non-Labyrinth related books about fairies and goblins, namely of the “Lady Cottington” series, such as Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book.

He has also worked with American writer Ari Berk on more recent books including Goblins! and The Runes of Elfland and produced art books such as Good Faeries/Bad Faeries. One of his most famous art books,Faeries, produced in collaboration with Alan Lee (Lord of the Rings), was the basis of a 1981 animated feature of the same name. Here, Froud brought the classical world of fairies to life in a new and fresh way, that would go on to influence other artists many years later, including Anime series such as The Record of Lodoss War, which took inspiration from Faeries. Froud’s most recent work has been developing and conceptually designing the 2019 Netflix Dark Crystal prequel TV series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

Portsmouth Comic Con returns to Portsmouth’s iconic Guildhall on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May 2020 featuring incisive panels, exhibitions, displays, workshops, merch, cosplay and interactive fun in the form of VR, robots and gaming and more with a ‘Celebration of Female Superheroes’ (Saturday) and ‘A World of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ (Sunday).

Other comic guests flying in for the weekend include Adam Hughes, P. Craig Russell, Rick Leonardi, Troy Alders, David Michelinie, Stuart Moore, Marguerite Sauvage, Nigel Parkinson, Janet K Lee, Roy Richardson, June Brigman, Katie Schenkel and The Etherington Brothers.

With guests of the screen including Brian Wheeler (Star Wars and Harry Potter), Pam Rose (Star Wars, Superman and Batman), David Bulbeck (Labyrinth and Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and FX Artist Gary Pollard who has worked on Red Dwarf and Harry Potter and Madeline Smith (James Bond: Live and Let Die).   With the very best of comic, film, TV and pop culture entertainment for fans, families and aficionados alike, you do not want to miss Portsmouth Comic Con, the biggest event of its kind in the South!   

With Super Early Bird tickets sold out, Early Bird tickets are now really flying. These discounted tickets are only available until the end of February, after which time the prices will rise, so don’t delay and book your tickets now! A sell out event in 2018 and 2019, with rave reviews, don’t be disappointed!  

A range of day session tickets and great value full weekend tickets are available at: or on 0844 847 2362 (calls cost 7p per minute + network access charge). 

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