Why 2016 is the year of the geek in Surrey...

This year promises a sci-fi and comic invasion (Photo: Matthew Williams)

This year promises a sci-fi and comic invasion (Photo: Matthew Williams) - Credit: Archant

This year has long looked like it’s going to be a spectacular one for any Surrey residents with a penchant for sci-fi. Not only is it 150 years since the birth of Woking’s HG Wells, but our county is also set to boast two major comic-themed events.

First up, HG Wells’ most famous local connection stems from when, in the 1890s, he made Woking the setting for his science-fiction novel, The War of the Worlds, with the Martians making first contact at Horsell Common. The genre-defining author was a resident of Maybury and to mark this landmark anniversary there will be a series of projects and events throughout the year. While the finer details are still to be announced, why not start off by grabbing a copy of the book and following in the Martians’ footsteps?

Then, from August, The Lightbox gallery and museum, also in Woking, will be offering visitors the chance to leave reality behind with The Beano, Eagle and 2000AD, as well as exploring today’s manga, graphic novels and digital comics, at Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz! The Story of British Comics So Far.

And, if all that wasn’t enough, it looks like Guildford will be playing host to the international Comic Con this autumn. Although a formal announcement is yet to be made, the two-day event is apparently set for Guildford Spectrum in September, with organisers promising special appearances from the world of comics, superheroes and anime, among others.

Could Surrey yet garner itself the title of UK capital for sci-fi? We certainly hope so!


Further reading...

The War of the Worlds - science fiction and Surrey

Doctor Who’s travels through space and time at Surrey filming locations

Surrey Film Locations

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