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Comic love tackled by convention

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The love lives of some of the world's best-known superheroes are to be scrutinised during a comic book convention in the Highlands.

Hi-Ex in Inverness will stage its discussions on romance in comic strips on Saturday - St Valentine's Day.

Guests and audience members will be asked whether the relationship between Spider-Man's Peter Parker and Mary-Jane is realistic.

Also up for debate is whether more romance would widen comics' appeal.

Comic relationships include Batman and Rachel Dawes.
Superman and ace reporter Lois Lane.
Fantastic Four's Mr Fantastic and Invisible Woman.

Hi-Ex, which is being held for the second year in Eden Court, is to have a number of guest speakers and appearances on Saturday and Sunday.

Those expected include artists Leigh Gallgher and Inko and writers Alan Grant, Ferg Handley and Frank Quitely.

Workshops will be held on drawing for comics.

A major topic of discussion is expected to be the forthcoming film version of the cult Watchmen graphic novel.

Author Alan Moore has already disowned the adaptation, insisting his name be taken off the credits, and the release of the movie has been caught up in a legal wrangle.

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