With an exciting line-up of comic-book stars and local talent already confirmed, Leamington's award-winning comic convention makes a hotly anticipated return to Royal Spa Centre next month. Rapidly establishing itself as one of the UK's best independent comic cons, the hugely popular event is set to take place on Saturday 25 March.

Guests for 2017 will include leading artists such as Christian Wildgoose (Batgirl, Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale); Marc Laming (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Planet Hulk, Uncanny Avengers, The Fantastic Four) as well as writer Monteynero (Death Sentence, The Hulk, X-Men) and writer and colourist John-Paul Bove (Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Judge Dredd, Doctor Who, UnEarth). Comics fans will also have the chance to meet Sonia Leong (Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Draw Manga: Complete Skills, Manga Your World), a manga creator whose work for TokyoPop, Self-Made Hero, Image Comics, Hachettes, VIZ Media and Titan Comics, amongst others, has earned her multiple awards.

Dan Mallier, Creator of Leam Comic Con, said: “This year’s event is going to be the best yet. With two successful conventions under our belt and the awesome support of Leamington behind us, we’ve attracted some big comic book guests.”

Describing itself as “small, but perfectly formed”, this independent event is one of few comic cons to have maintained a focus on comic books rather than straying into TV, film and other media, earning it rave reviews within the industry and enabling it to provide a platform where local artists and creators can showcase their work alongside established talent.

“It’s important to us that we promote literacy and support local talent,” Mallier continued. “We have Leamington Artist Chris Oxenbury - known locally as the emoji man - attending this year and a fantastic young Artist Tom Malin from Evesham.”

2017's line-up will also feature the team behind The King's Legacy comic, who were offered the chance to exhibit for free after winning the convention's Small Press Factor competition to find the next big thing on the indie scene.

Taking place at the Spa Centre's Newbold Terrace, the convention offers plenty of space for friends and fans to mingle. Also making a welcome return this year will be the cosplay competition, with two categories for adults and under 16s. As well as strutting their stuff and getting into character on the cosplay catwalk, the best entrants will have the chance to take home an exclusive Leam Comic Con trophy.

Tickets for the event are now on sale, priced at just £10 per person with free entry for children under 13 accompanied by a paying adult. Families attending can also take advantage of free face painting, balloon modelling and colouring-in stations.

Doors open at 10.30am for customers with pre-bought tickets, available from warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre/events/event/606/leamington_comiccon_2017. Paper tickets can also be purchased in person from the Spa Town Comics shop in the Lower Mall of Leamington's Royal Priors Shopping Centre, open Thursday-Sunday. Tickets can also be bought on the door from 11.30am until 4pm, with doors closing at 5pm.

For more information, visit spatowncomics.co.uk/leam-comic-con.