2D 2013- First Guests announced!

2D Festival returns in 2013 & first guests announced! 2D, the Northern Ireland Comics Festival, returns in 2013 with a special, bumper edition with more guests and events than ever before. The festival is Ireland’s longest running annual comic event and runs from 30 May – 2 June next year in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. It features an expanded selection of workshops, panels, talks and exhibitions, catering for all ages and tastes. Derry was recently voted the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2013 by Lonely Planet – obviously word about the 2D festival is spreading!         
  Taking centre stage next year is the 2D Comics Fair, which has been extended to last for the entire weekend (Sat 1 & Sun 2 June) in a fantastic new venue in the city. Guests confirmed so far for 2013 include; Andy Diggle (writer – Batman, Daredevil), Jock (artist – Losers, Batman), Roger Langridge (writer/artist – Popeye, Muppets) and legendary comic artist Mick McMahon (Judge Dredd, Slaine). See below for full list of confirmed guests. The festival is organised by the Verbal Arts Centre, one of Ireland’s leading centres for literature and next year the event features as part of the official programming for the city’s year as the first ever ‘UK City of Culture’. As with previous years, much of the educational programme will take place in the Verbal Arts Centre, 2D Evening Sessions will be held in Sandino’s Bar and the Comics Fair is based in the Millennium Forum.  We are delighted to announce that, once again, 2D will be free to attend. Find out more about 2D at Facebook:                 
2D – Northern Ireland Comics Festival Twitter: @2DComicsFest
Email:david@2dfestival.com New festival website coming soon
. __________________ Guests confirmed so far include; 
 Andy Diggle: writer – Daredevil, Batman, Green Arrow, Dr Who, the Losers, Hellblazer, Thunderbolts.           
   Bec Hill:  comedian/writer/presenter – cult show at Edinburgh Fringe, one of Time Out’s Top 5 Funniest Comedians on Twitter.
Cam Kennedy: UK Comics Legend – artist – Rogue Trooper, Judge Dredd, Star Wars, VCs, Batman, Lobo.
Chris Thompson: writer, editor – First Comics News, Forces of Geek, Pop Culture Hound, Orbital Comics.
Colin MacNeil: artist – Judge Dredd, Batman, Strontium Dog, Conan, Chopper, Predator.
 David Hine: writer – Daredevil, Storm Dogs, Crossed, Spiderman Noir, Detective Comics, Night of the living Dead, Spawn.
Dean Ormston: artist – Northlanders, Sandman, Superman, Lucifer, Predator, Wizards of the Coast.
 Declan Shalvey: artist – Conan, Venom, Thunderbolts, Northlanders, 28 Days Later.
 Garry Leach: artist – Dan Dare, Miracle Man, Warpsmiths, Judge Dredd, the VC’s, Battlefields, The Twelve.
 Geoff Senior: artist – Transformers, Judge Dredd, 2000AD, Dr Who. 
Glenn Fabry: artist – Slaine, Preacher, Batman/Judge Dredd, The Authority, Hellblazer.
Jock: artists – Losers, Batman, Green Arrow, Scalped, Wolverine Max, Daredevil, Dark X-Men. Movie Work: Batman Begins, Judge Dredd, Battleship, Hancock.                                                      
 Jordie Bellaire: colourist/artist: Hulk, the Rocketeer, John Carter of Mars, Mara, Captain Marvel, Comeback.
 Mike McMahon: UK Comics Legend, artist – Judge Dredd, Slaine, Last American, ABC Warriors.
Paddy Lynch: writer/artist – Stray Lines, Last Bus. Publisher – Cardboard Press.                  
Rob Davis: writer/artist – Don Quixote, Nelson, Dr Who, My Family and other Gypsies, Roy of the Rovers.                  
Robbie Morrison: writer: Nikolai Dante, Judge Dredd, Blackheart Shakara, The Bendatti Vendetta, White Death.
Roger Langridge: writer/artist – Popeye, Muppets, Thor, The Rocketeer, Fred the Clown.
Simon Furman:  Legendary Transformers writer – Transformers, Dr Who, Death’s Head, X-Men: Evolution.
Simon Gane: artist – Godzilla, Northlanders, Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story.                                    
Stephen Mooney: artist and writer – Angel, Half Past Danger, The A-team, Teen Wolf, CSI, The Mummy. Warwick Johnson Cadwell: artist – Tank Girl, writer/artist – Gungle.                  
Will Simpson: concept/storyboard artist – HBOs Game of Thrones, Reign of Fire, City of Ember.  Artist (comics): Batman, Aliens, Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper.