It isn’t just American comics shows that are still hot in an ailing economy; the Bristol International Comics Expo has sold out of tickets — a month ahead of its May dates. We’ve posted the entire press release here, as it contains lots of hype and info on the show, but according to the PR, no tickets will be available at the door, and anyone wishing to attend will need to get on a reserve list.

It should be noted that the show — longest running and best established in the UK — is being held at a much smaller venue this year, the Ramada Plaza Hotel on 9th and 10th May 2009, and additionally, the Mercure Holland House Hotel on Saturday. Previous shows were held at much roomier venues, including the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum and the famed Bristol “train shed.”


  1. i would think, by now, with so many comic book creators in england and abroad, that they’d be able to have a convention at least bigger in size than what a hotel could hold.

    and side question for those on the other side of the pond…is that the typical size of conventions for other subjects? do they hold auto expos in football stadiums, or something or are they also held in hotels? Does anything compare?

    Thanks in advance. :)

  2. Oh. I usually make a ‘day-before’ decision on Bristol and just motor up on the day, getting a ticket or picking up my guest pass on the door. Good to hear it’s done so well, but guess I won’t be making the trip this year.

    Bristol has downsized, so it does make it one of the smaller cons this year, perhaps making it more like the old UKCACs we used to have. BICS will be bigger, and things like the MCM (Movie Comic Media) Expo at London’s Excel are similar to the larger US events.