It's almost time to dust off the Lycra and first editions, as this weekend sees the fourth London Super Comic Con celebrate all things comics all over the capital's sprawling Excel Centre down Docklands.
And in between a fairly heavyweight cosplay competition judged by these authoritative-looking people…
…there's an impressive line-up of artists, inkers and tracers ("Your mother was a tracer!") giving talks, autographs and exclusive art opportunities over its two days (March 14-15).
But there are five attendees that stand out as our must-sees at the show. If you're heading down, make sure you check them out. And if you're not… well… erm, maybe you should change your mind…
This acclaimed British comic artist started life working at the Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000AD back in the 90s but saw his career go stellar when he leapt on board Image's Walking Dead juggernaut as artist of #7. With the zombies now a massive hit on telly as well as the page, with two shows taken from the comic, Adlard is on many a must-visit list. He'll be set up at the 'Place in Space' tables (D538-D500)
Recommended book: The Walking Dead
This Canadian artist and writer is currently talk of the town for drawing Chuck Palahniuk’s comic book-only sequel to Fight Club for Dark Horse. But in the past he's worked extensively with suitably cool Scottish writer Grant Morrison on series like Seaguy and Batman & Robin, and with revered US writer Ed Brubaker on Catwoman. He's currently the co-writer on DC’s successful Batgirl series, too, and continues to work with Morrison on The Multiversity.
Recommended book: Seaguy
Son of classic Spider-Man artist John Romita, "Junior" started his career at Marvel and has drawn every one of their major characters over the last 35 years including Punisher, Daredevil, Hulk, X-Men, Thor and, following in his father’s footsteps, even Spider-man. He even co-created the villain Hobgoblin while he was drawing Amazing Spider-Man, the big show-off.
He's been rejuvenated over the past five years, though, creating modern superhero yarn Kick-Ass with Scottish writer Mark Millar, spawning two films so far, and doing the unthinkable: moving from Marvel to DC, where he is currently drawing Superman. Full house!
Recommended graphic novel: Daredevil: The Man Without Fear
Lincolnshire-born Bolland first made an impact thanks to his iconic work on Judge Dredd for 2000AD back in the 80s. This led to Bolland being noticed by DC in the US, where he warmed up on Camelot 3000 before getting a shot at drawing Batman in Alan Moore’s seminal The Killing Joke – only the most important Joker story ever. Over his long career, he has drawn covers for everyone from Wonder Woman to The Invisibles via The Flash, and still contributes to the Batman: Black and White series.
Recommended graphic novel: Batman: The Killing Joke
The granddaddy of all Batman artists, New Yorker Adams started his career in comics back in the 60s and shaped the look of characters like Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and Deadman. Adams has a 50-year career where he has drawn pretty much every iconic character for DC and Marvel – and even got to draw Muhammad Ali in one of the strangest team-ups in comics ever (above). But Batman is still his baby, with two efforst last year: his Odyssey series plus a story in Batman: Black and White.
Recommended comic: Batman Illustrated Volume 2