The 2013 edition of the London Super Comic Book Convention is taking place this weekend (February 23-24) at the capital's Excel Centre.
As ever, the convention will see collectors from around the world converge as dealers offer "more comics than you can ever read". With hundreds of top artists from the industry's leading publishers gathered in one place, there is plenty of opportunity to obtain a rare autograph.
The opportunity will exist for collectors to have the signing of their prized comics witnessed by an official representative from leading authenticator CGC, who will then send the book directly to the company for authentication, resulting in an unbroken chain of contact that will undoubtedly boost value in years to come.
Tickets cost £25 for a weekend pass or £17.50 for either day.
2012's convention saw the godfather of all comic creators, Stan Lee, making a rare UK appearance, and 2013 will welcome another legend: Neal Adams. The artist has enjoyed famed runs on DC's Batman, Marvel's X-Men, as well as Green Lantern and Deadman.
Adams is currently working on an epic graphic novel starring his own character, Blood, which is serialised in Dark Horse Presents.
Exhibitors include the long-standing British comic 2000AD, as well as high-street retailer Forbidden Planet. Discerning collectors will undoubtedly flock to the stands of Heritage Auctions, which has made a name for itself at the forefront of the hobby after some outstanding sales in 2012.
The convention starts on the final day of Heritage Auction's February 21-23 Vintage Comics auction in New York, which offers the renowned Detective Comics #27 and Dave Gibbon's original cover art for Watchmen.
Also starring in London is the mighty Metropolis Collectibles, the world's biggest dealer of vintage comic books, which is responsible for the previous record sale of Action Comics #1 at $1.5m. The current world record is held by a 9.0-graded copy at $2.1m.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has previously visited the convention in 2010, where we interviewed Heritage Auctions' comics cataloguer David Tosh. Sign up to our free weekly newsletter for more of the latest news from the hobby.