Macc Pow! Macclesfield’s day of comic-art celebrates some amazing comic book creators from all over the world.
The popular event has grown year on year and attracts visitors and comic enthusiasts from across the country and even Europe! This year Macc Pow! will be taking place on Saturday 22nd June at Macclesfield Town Hall.
More than 40 creators will be rubbing shoulders in the assembly rooms. Whilst across the hall, you’ll be able to enjoy live panel discussions and interviews with some talented artists including a talk from London’s Cartoon Museum. There will also be a cartoonist challenge where you can watch amazing creations come to life before your very eyes and live drawing chat with Hunt Emerson.
I caught up with Marc Jackson who is busy putting the final touches to the event and asked what inspired him to create a Comic-Con in Macclesfield “Initially I was approached by the Barnaby Festival in 2016 to create something comic art related. I’d been introduced to Macclesfield resident Aileen McEvoy who was one of the organisers of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal and I really liked what they were doing. Their focus was on the comic art like many European events, whereas Comic-cons tend to embrace the film and TV angle more and sometimes side-line the creators of the comics these films were inspired by. So, I wanted to do the same thing the Lakes did, on a smaller scale and MACC-POW! was born. I basically wanted to bring my love of comics to my hometown.”
Marc went on to say that “Ever since I was little. My first exposure to comics were the Beano and Dandy, Whizzer and Chips, Nutty and many more. My Dad introduced me to the Eagle when it was re-launched in the early 80’s and I discovered a different style of comic story. My love of Star Wars led me to discover those same characters in new adventures in the pages of Marvel comics and then I discovered Spider-man and a world of colourful heroes and the rest is history!”
Marc was proud to point out that Macc Pow! draws creators from all over the world to his home town “I present them with an event that I know as a creator I’d love to attend and I’ve had a great response. Plus, we are extremely well connected by rail here in Macclesfield and getting creators to come from London and Manchester has proved relatively easy. Last year we had two cartoonists who came over especially from Barcelona, our first international guests and next year we’ll have our first guest from the U.S. in partnership with the Charles Schultz Arts Centre, but that’s all I can tell you for now.”
“For our first event back in 2016 I had Spider-man meet one of my cartooning heroes (and now friend) Lew Stringer at the Train Station to walk him to the event. Lew got to see how great the town was and Spidey got to pose for lots of photos!”
As well as getting to meet some of your favourite creators Macc Pow! has its very own Cartoon-a-room where you will be able to enjoy live panel discussion and interviews. Marc eagerly explained “We have Scottish creator Nick Brokenshire who writes and draws for Star Wars adventures and he’ll be interviewed about working on that comic. Unfortunately, he can’t make it in person this year, but we’ll be talking to him live from a Wedding no less!”.
Hannah Berry (The UK’s comics Laureate) and Indie creator Rachael Smith, will both be making their first trip to MACC-POW! plus lots more. You can view a full list of events on their Facebook page.”
Macc Pow! is also running a special competition in collaboration with the Macclesfield O2 Store. Marc explained “This has been a great connection and one that will really bring something fun and creative to the event. They will be bringing iPad Pros and iPencils along for all visitors to try out and we’ll have a completion where children up to the age of 16 will have their photo taken and then they will create a character and/or costume over the top of their picture.”
The entries will be judged by some of the fantastic guests and the first prize will be an iPencil and a piece of art featuring work from every comic artist in attendance on the day. Plus, Sugacane Toys based on Chestergate in Macclesfield have supplied a great Spider-Man LEGO set from the upcoming new film that will be 2nd prize, so there will be lots of great things to encourage children to get involved.
Fancy dress is optional of course! Last year lots of kids (and a few adults) really got into the spirit of the event. Resident Spider-Man will be attending again this year and he’ll be involved in a ‘super-hero life drawing event’ right outside the Town Hall with comic artist Jacob Phillips!
Macc Pow! is branching out this year to Macclesfield Library with Manchester-based creator Jessica on Paper who will there between 9.30-11.30am running the ‘Just ask Jessica’ free drop-in event. This is where Children take turns to sit with Jessica, ask her to draw them something and in return you must draw something for Jessica. Marc is taking part in a similar event on a bigger scale at Lakes Festival and it’s great for children to get this opportunity.
Macc Pow! is teaming up with Macclesfield Garden Festival which takes place the same weekend so look for a special piece of art introducing the town to ‘Plant-Man and Garden Girl’ very soon!
MACC-POW! is a free to attend event, but this year they’ll have a donations bucket, so if you enjoy the day and want it to continue, loose change would be most welcome. Part of the funds raised will be used to buy and donate comics and graphic novels to the Library.
Blog by Mike.
Saturday 22nd June
Macclesfield Town Hall
10am – 4pm
Photography Credit – Richard Buck