There is a secret war brewing in this city’s comics scene.
Like any story set among spandex-clad vigilantes, this one conforms to some of the rules of the four-colour world. Just like Daredevil’s nemesis the Kingpin, one man wields influence over his vast domain. And just like the Justice League, disparate souls have formed a group to fight what they see as his oppressive power.
To an outsider, it could all be a source of great amusement: a nerd fight. And the nerds are fighting over one of the nerdiest things of all: a comics convention.
But to the parties involved, the subject is deadly serious. To explain why they’ve got their mylar bags in a knot, allow us to introduce the cast of characters.
In the piece Hobbystar’s Aman Gupta denies ever having told exhibitors who went to the rival one day Paradise Comics show that they were not welcome at his show. This statement led to retailer Daryl Collison, who sent around an email detailing the alleged blackballing, to walk around the Paradise show, held this weekend, with the placard you see here, in a photo by Jamie Coville. More of Coville’s photos from the show here.