What is it?

The Canny Comic Con! The one-day arts festival celebrating comics and sequential art returns to Newcastle City Library on Saturday 18th March - 10.30-3.30, all ages, FREE.

There'll be a hall of stalls jam-packed with talented comics creators from around the region and beyond, representing a wide range of art styles, subject matter and levels of experience, with attendees ranging from accomplished pros to local open-to-all DIY comics group the Paper Jam Comics Collective.

There'll also be talks and panels, including Just A Comics Minute (a daft comics-themed homage to a certain Radio 4 panel show), and for anyone wanting to get drawing themselves, there'll be hands-on workshops - including a session on designing your own Star Wars character with Nigel Dobbyn, plus drop-by doodling throughout the day.

Previous events:

Comics, comic strips, comic books, graphic novels, manga, sequential art - however you want to refer to it, the CCC aims to celebrate everything about telling stories in pictures. We've done events of different sizes but that's what they all boil down to.


The first Canny Comic Con happened on Saturday 10th December 2011. It was the biggest comics event to be held in the North East for over fifteen years. It was a great day and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Click here to see the full list of guests and panels and workshops in 2011!

Click here to read reports and see photos and listen to one of the panel discussions!


Canny Comic Con 2012 was held on Saturday 8th December. It was even bigger and more exciting than the first event, and everyone enjoyed themselves again.

Click here to see the full list of guests and panels and workshops in 2012!

Click here to read reports and see photos and listen to interviews and one of the panel discussions!


Canny Comic Con's Comic Creation Challenge 2013 happened on 7th December 2013. Everyone drew some comics!
Canny Comic Con's Comic Chaos Creative Collaboration 2014 happened on 9th August 2014. There was drawin' and some advocating for brilliant comics your probably haven't read yet!
In 2015 and 2016 the Canny Comic Con helped The Paper Jam Comics Collective put on a micro comic cons, The Paperjammening and The Paperjammening No.2, at Travelling Man comic shop.