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Celebrating 137 Years Of Comic Books!

ON Saturday, 11 September 2021, will present an amazing opportunity for both adults and kids, with 2 Comic Book events at the Southport Bijou Cinema, on Post Office Ave, Southport. The 1st of the 2 part event is sponsored by Mind Games, on Hill Street, Southport. It will see the former Marvel Comics Editor, Tim Quinn, conducting a workshop, which will be suitable for ages 7 upwards, on story and picture creation, along with local book illustrator Holly Bushnell. The workshop will run from 2pm to 4pm, and tickets will be made available on the Southport Bijou Cinema's website very soon. The other event will run from 7:30pm, and will be an interactive talk, with 4 extraordinary talents from the comic book and publishing world in conversation, followed by a Q&A! This event will be available on Facebook's new video subscription service and highlights added later on YouTube, and tickets to be in the live audience will be available soon on Southport Bijou Cinema. This fantastic event will be hosted by a special guest, yet to be named, and the panel will be made up from:-

DAVE TAYLOR - New York Times best selling artist, Dave has worked for numerous comics publishers on numerous characters including:- Iron Man, Zorro, Doctor Who, Superman, most notably Batman, and his recent work on British Legend Judge Dredd.

HOLLY BUSHNELL - Masterly illustrator of countless children's picture books and murals. Artistic influences include:- Axel Scheffler, Judith Kerr and Quentin Blake. Through her work, Holly is passionate about inspiring children and helping them to see the importance of character, nature and the environment.

ALAN COWSILL - Alan co-created Stormwatcher for Acme/Eclipse before working on Panini UK's Marvel line and writing the 1st UK-originated Spider-Man strips for more than a decade. He created the bestselling Jackie Chan Adventures, the award-winning Classic Marvel Figurine Collection, and the DC Super Hero Collection for Eaglemoss Publishing. His books include:- Warzone: Dark Eden, DC Comics: A Year by Year Visual Chronicle, Marvel Avengers Character Encyclopaedia, and Spider-Man Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle.

TIM QUINN - The Quinn half of Quinn and Howett, from:- Doctor Who Magazine, Marvel Comics, Beano, Dandy, Sparky, Topper, etc. Who has recently launching a brand new comic book on behalf of the children's charity Liverpool Heartbeat.

The proceeds from the live audience ticket sales will be split between Liverpool Heartbeat and the Southport Bijou Cinema.

Sefton Council has sent tastebuds tingling with the news that Southport Food and Drink Festival will return this coming September

THE popular 3 day smorgasbord of food vendors, pop up drinks stalls and live entertainment will take place between Friday, 3 September and Sunday, 5 September 2021, at Victoria Park, Southport, with thousands of families expected to visit over the weekend. Southport Food and Drink Festival is a free, family friendly event and this year features a host of tantalising takeaways to suite all tastes; from sweet treats to spicy curries and much more. Working with our friends at Victoria Park Events this year there will also be a complimentary home and garden experience for visitors to enjoy, as part of the festival's autumn theme.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:- "The Southport Food and Drink Festival is finally returning and I know this will be music to everyone's ears! Our teams have worked hard to ensure we can host a safe and enjoyable bumper weekend of the best food, drink and much more for thousands of visitors. Foodie fans will love the hand picked selection of the Region's most passionate producers, all of whom will be bringing their wares to the festival, including a wide selection of gift ideas and treats to relish at home. You can also keep your little ones entertained with a free Children's Festival, along with arts and crafts, magic shows, storytelling and sports workshops. It's guaranteed to be a fantastic weekend and we want as many people as possible to come along and enjoy the fun. The Southport Food and Drink Festival is 1 of the most iconic events in our events calendar and we are delighted that we are able to bring it back for 2021."

Sefton has already started whetting people's appetites this week with the opening of the new Southport market food outlet/emporium . Backed by Southport Town Deal funding, the incredible revamped market space is already proving popular among locals and visitors alike. For more information about the 2021 Southport Food and Drink Festival, visit:-

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