About King Con

KingCon has ran in North East England since 2014 with sponsorship and support previously from Darlington College, Durham County Council, Ramside Hall, Esdevium Games, Poplar Tree Garden Centre, CEX, and more! 

Following the success of the last 2 years of KingCon and complete sell out KingCon both years, this year we will be returning again, bigger and better than ever. Dark Matter Café, a new café concept with a vibrant theme of comics, expressive arts and computer gaming, brings KingCon to you in a whole new place, Sunderland’s Stadium of Light!

Find out more about this year’s KingCon by clicking here

King Con was the first of it’sKing Con Durham kind in Durham City, and boasted a great city centre location for you to enjoy all the geeky things you love! With a Cosplay competition, Trading Card Game events, RPG Sessions, Talks from Celebrities and Specialists, interactive experiences, and heaps of traders, artists and things to tickle your eyeballs with pleasure, and for the first time (that we know of… certainly around here) a live tattooist! Do you dare to get our logo tattooed to you? There may be a handsome reward… On top of all of this, just for buying a ticket to one of the best experiences you may ever have, you can walk away with a MASSIVE prize. Each trader is donating a prize, and 1 lucky person chosen at random, will scoop the lot!

Expanding on Dark Matter Café’s services and events has been an opportunity we have seen since we began trading in December. People love a social event, whether it is card games, film clubs, social groups, or convention style events, and over the past 3 years we have seen a trend of these increasing in the UK.

Durham was the only City in the North East, which didn’t seem to participate much in such styled events, despite an almost underground community of “geeks” and people who travel to these types of events from Durham to others in region, UK and worldwide. We have a great wealth of students, who study at Durham University, the Sixth Form Centre, and Durham New College, and a mass of societies and groups within these organisations which are geared around “geek” subjects, such as gaming, role play games, live action replay, specific gaming such as board games, card games and video games, comics, drawing, cosplay (themed costume dress). While we continue to operate our day to day operations in Durham, we have moved the main event to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

These communities grow every year as our society becomes more open about these social activities and the increase in “geek culture” thanks to shows such as The Big Bang Theory, and films from your favourite super heroes.

So we believe that the timing is right, to introduce a comic con style event to Durham, being fuelled from the overwhelming success of Newcastle Comic Con, SunnyCon and ScreenCon to name but a couple of regional comic con style events. And thanks to the introduction of us as a comic book store, gaming venue café, 2 new costume shops, and small independent “geek” based companies around the area. Now KingCon has blown it’s self into a huge expansion, moving to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

KingCon previously welcomed Norman Lovett aka Holly from Red Dwarf, Jeremy Bulloch aka Boba Fett of Star Wars, Sarah Louise Maddison of Dr Who, Ali Fell of Danger Mouse, Count Duckula and more.

The strict core of our business centres around STEM projects and outreach, our commercial message is to “inspire future generations to seek careers in Science, Technology and Media”. 

King Con has in the past collected for If U Care Share Foundation;

If U Care Share Foundation (IUCSF) was set up to provide support around the prevention of suicide, to deliver services to support those affected by it, and to promote positive mental health in and around the North East of England. The services we provide include: Prevention, Intervention and Support.

Our campaign started 9 years ago when it’s founder members, Dean and Shirley Smith, tragically lost their then eldest son, Daniel(aged 19), to suicide. We are now a registered charity which aims to address three key needs: the need for a range of practical and emotional support services for those affected by suicide, that is families and friends who have lost loved ones in this way; the need to work to prevent and reduce the incidence of suicide by providing training and awareness raising for specific target groups and communities; the need to provide preventative services which offer support for those individuals deemed to be either directly at risk of suicide or more prone to be a suicide risk. 

There’s more detailed information on our website – www.ifucareshare.com

Here’s a write up in the Northern Echo click here