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IDW Celebrates its 20th Anniversary at Portsmouth Comic Con This May

2019 marks a milestone anniversary for IDW Publishing: it is its 20th anniversary. IDW Publishing is one of the biggest US comic publishers in the world. Its line of comics includes iconic titles like Transformers, Star Trek, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more. Representing IDW at Portsmouth Comic Con 2019 are its senior editor Scott Dunbier, responsible for their acclaimed Artist’s and Artifact Editions line of books, and returning is Dirk Wood, creative director for its Wood Works line which includes Full Bleed magazine.

“We are very pleased to have Scott Dunbier and Dirk Wood at this year’s show,” Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows says. “They will be set up on the show floor but they will also be a major part of the programming, with at least one panel celebrating IDW’s past, present and future.”

In the largest event of its kind on the South Coast, Portsmouth Comic Con brings together the best in comic book, TV, film and pop culture entertainment, providing fun for aficionados, fans and families alike.

Last May’s event, attended by over 5,000 people, welcomed pre-eminent artists from around the world. Many of these have worked on the biggest properties in genre including Star Wars, Superman, Batman, Wolverine and many more including the incredible Walt and Louise Simonson, in their first visit to the UK in over a decade, Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman, X-Men, WE3), Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Batman) and official Star Wars artist, Russell Walks.

Celebrity guests from Film and Television including Game of Thrones, Doctor Who and Red Dwarf were in attendance. Additionally, fans were treated to virtual reality exhibits, panels, exhibitions, cosplay, special FX artists, retro gaming, board gaming and kids workshops. There was also a floor dedicated to Steampunk and a Comic City full of collectables which all added to the event. The weekend received many rave reviews from visitors and professionals alike:

This year’s event, set over Star Wars weekend, promises to be even bigger and better with a special celebration of Batman’s 80th anniversary and much more. With capacity limited, people are strongly advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Portsmouth Comic Con 2019 will include a range of top quality international comic guests including Marvel legend Roy Thomas, legendary Batman writer Steve Englehart, DC and Marvel artist Tommy Lee Edwards, artist Tomm Coker, Criminal and Kill Or Be Killed artist and co-creator Sean Phillips and many more. It will also be featuring the first ever Tripwire Awards, with a ceremony taking place on the evening of Saturday 4 May at the show.
For announcements, people are advised to follow @PortsmouthComicCon on Facebook or sign up online to receive e-newsletters. Tickets with an early bird discount until the end of February are available at: or 0844 847 2362.


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