Howden Park Comic Art Festival and Comic Con 2023

The Kirknewton Story Comic Art Exhibition, supported by Heritage Lottery Scotland, will take place between 3rd February to 9th April 2023 at the Howden Park Centre, Livingston, EH54 6AE. It is free entry. Collector Editions of the Kirknewton Story comic and prints of the cover will be available at the Howden Park Reception at the Exhibition and ComicCon to support the exhibition. £6.99 for the comic and £10 with a cover print by Ian Kennedy.

The Arts Centre Comic Con will run on Saturday 11th March from 10am to 5pm. If you are not attending the Exhibition or Comic Con you can purchase the Kirknewton Comic at the GetMyComics/Shift Store and get it delivered direct to your door here.

THE KIRKNEWTON STORY EXHIBITION 3rd February to 9th April 2023

The exhibition includes pages from the Kirknewton Story, the original script, an audio visual presentation and a display of over 70 comics that are available today. The exhibition is a history of Scotland, West Lothian and Kirknewton in comic form. Copies of comics will be available to read. Comic reading inspires creativity and literacy for children and adults. The Kirknewton Story is a good example of how the medium can inform all ages on any subject, in this case making history come alive. COMIC CREATORS If you want your comic to feature in the Exhibition please contact comicsceneuk@gmail.com.

THE ARTS CENTRE COMIC CONSATURDAY 11th MARCH, 10am to 5pm

The Comic Con will feature contributors to the Kirknewton Story and several other comic creators selling their comics, doing sketches and signing their books. Details of all creators and stands at this free event will be added here leading up to the event. Other comic events will take place during the day. Cosplayers are welcome to attend. COMIC CREATORS If you want to attend the ComicCon please contact comicsceneuk@gmail.com.

IN ATTENDANCE

Kirknewton Story Writer Colin Maxwell (Commando) and Editor Tony Foster. More to be announced.

Brewgooders

Chris Chandler

Colin Maxwell

ComicScene

Cristina Roswell

David Cranna

Gary Burley – artist on the Kirknewton Story

Graeme Neil Reid

Julie Campbell

Luis Gabriel

Lynsey Hutchinson

Matt Cooper

Monty Nero – artist on Kirknewton Story

Murky Depths

Neve Wood Cosplay

Sam Russell

Shift/GetMyComics

Steve Ingram – artist on Kirknewton Story

Steve Thompson

Tanya Roberts – artist on Kirknewton Story

The 77 Publications

Time Bomb Comics

HOW TO GET TO HOWDEN PARK CENTRE

The Howden Park Centre is based in Livingston and is less than an hour from Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Falkirk and Stirling. There is ample parking at the Howden Park Centre or at the Designer Outlet, which is ten minutes walk away (worth a visit in itself – includes a Waterstones, WHSmith, HMV and Manga store). Details of how to travel can be found here.

The Kirknewton Story has 56 pages and features the following artists who will be on show at the exhibition

Cover – Ian Kennedy (Commando, Dan Dare)

Prehistoric Times – Gustaffo Vargas

The Iron Age – Jim Wilkins

The Roman Age – Ade Hughes

The Norman Age and Dr William Cullen – Bruno Stahl

Dalmahoy Castle – Staz Johnson

Reivers and Highwayman – Andrew Sawyers

The New Church – Rachael Ball

Reverend Bryce and School Bomb – Kev F Sutherland

Canals and Railways – Tanya Roberts IN ATTENDANCE AT COMICON

Waterloo Tower – Gary Burley IN ATTENDANCE AT COMICON

Burke and Hare – Stewart Kenneth Moore

Ormiston House – Russell M Olson

Shale Mining and Oakbank Disaster – Steve Ingram IN ATTENDANCE AT COMICCON

Gala – Neil Slorance

Quoiting World Championships – Sarah Millman

The War and Secret Bunker – Monty Nero IN ATTENDANCE AT COMICCON

Forth Raid – Gary Erskine

Ritchie Camp & JFK assassination – Martin Baines

Spooky Stories – Stephen White

UFOs – Lew Stringer

Plague of Kirknewton – Steve McGarry

Green Room and Stones Progress – Colin Maxwell and Charles Jencks COLIN IN ATTENDANCE AT COMIC CON

The Stones – Karen Murray

School Comic – Kev F Sutherland and Kirknewton Primary School – Behind the scenes of working with the school children here.

Scottish Parliament motion about the Kirknewton Comic here.

PLACES TO VISIT

If you are visiting the area then go and see the following;

The Charles Jencks Stones Progress in Kirknewton.

Linlithgow Palace and Outlander locations.

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder in Edinburgh.

The Kelpies in Falkirk

Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument

OTHER COMIC EVENTS

Kirknewton Story Media Event, Fri 3rd February, 2.30pm

Come to the exhibition during the West Lothian and Edinburgh School Holidays

ComicScene.org Comic Award Winners 2023 – Online 11th February. All Day at comicscene.org

The exhibition will be a good event to visit anytime, including to celebrate Will Eisner Week 1-7 March 2023. World Book Day is on 2nd March.

Howden Park Centre ComicCon Sat 11th March 2023 10am to 5pm

Come to the exhibition during the West Lothian and Edinburgh Easter School Holidays 1st to 9th April

MEDIA COVERAGE – more to follow

What’s On Edinburgh

Comic Book News UK

DownTheTubes

Flipboard

Lew Stringer Blog

HISTORY LINKS

The Kirknewton Story from 50 years ago

The Cullen Project

The JFK Assassination and Kirknewton Connection

Kirknewton Charles Jencks A Stones Progress

What to see and do and where to stay in Kirknewton

Archie on Kirknewton History
A Stones Progress by Charles Jencks
Kirknewton Tapestry