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Scots' impact on comics examined
Hi-Ex poster. (Pic: Rebellion/DC Thomson)
The poster for the Highlands' first comic expo, Hi-Ex
The influence of Scottish writers and artists on some of the best known comic book characters in the world will be examined at a new convention.

Star guests at the Highland International Comic Expo: Hi-Ex include Alan Grant who has worked on Batman and Judge Dredd.

Kev F Sutherland who draws the Bash St Kids and has worked for Marvel Comics and Dr Who will also attend.

The event will be held at Inverness's Eden Court Theatre on 2-3 February.

In the run-up to the weekend, nine pieces of comic art are on show in the theatre's Blink Space gallery.

Expo organisers Richmond Clements and Vicky Stonebridge hope to attract comic book fans from all over the UK to the inaugural Highland event.

Mr Clements said: "We have been surprised by the buzz created.

"It is something we want to hold again next year."

Discussions held by panels of experts will include the fascination with grown men in tights and masks and the role of Scots in comics.

Marvel Comic's The New Avengers
The role of female characters in comics will be discussed
There will be a workshop on pitching a comic book idea
Shops and publishers will be exhibiting over the two days

Mr Clements said: "Over the years Scots have had a surprising influence on comic art and script writing.

"One of our guests Alan Grant has worked on Batman."

Mr Grant, who was a writer on BBC children's television show Ace Lightning and is currently writing the script for an animated film, will also hold a master class in script writing.

Other workshops will be held on Japanese Manga art and western styles.

Exhibitors include UK Star Wars costume group, the 501st Legion of Imperial Stormtroopers, and there will be back-to-back screenings of the Spider-Man film trilogy.

The band Beecake - fronted by actor Billy Boyd who starred in Lord of the Rings - will play at the Ironworks venue in Inverness.

There will also be a charity auction in aid of Children 1st.

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