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Holy Comic Con, Batman! Three of the best from Glasgow's Comic Book Festival

Jack Nicholson as The Joker Batman 1989

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Glasgow Comic Con 2015 - a celebration of comic books in the heart of the city centre, starting Tuesday June 30 and running until Sunday July 5. The festival is marking its fifth year with an eclectic line-up of events that you just won't want to miss. 

Hosted across several Glasgow venues, including the Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Art School, you can expect special screenings, interactive workshops and much more. Many of the events are free of charge, too - making it easier than ever to channel your inner superhero and check out local artists. 

If you're planning on checking out the festival this week, here are three must-visit events to add to your itinerary: 

'Batman' screening
Long before the current surge of Marvel movies, Tim Burton's 1989 movie played a crucial role in blazing the trail for comic book heroes at the box office. Burton's 'Beetlejuice' star Michael Keaton took on the role of Gotham City's infamous hero - and faced off against Jack Nicholson's iconic portrayal of The Joker. Brooding, gothic and with just the right amount of humour, Batman remains a favourite amongst many fans of the franchise. Don't forget to book your ticket - you might even want to pick up an extra one for your sidekick...
July 2, 7pm, CCA cinema.

The Big Comic Draw
Have you ever fancied trying your hand at comic book drawing? The Big Comic Draw brings a totally interactive exhibition to the CCA Glasgow's Intermedia Gallery with the aim of creating the biggest alphabet comic ever made - and they need your help! Local artists like Neil Slorance, Tom Foster, Gill Hatcher and more will be on hand during the event. It's free to take part and open to all ages and skill levels, so grab your pencil and get involved.
July 1-5, CCA Intermedia Gallery.

Comic Con Weekend
This is the big one. The Woodstock for Wonderwomen and Glastonbury for Green Hornets - you get the picture, right? For two days the CCA will host a huge range of talks, demonstrations, classes, meet-and-greets, and even a Cosplay competition! With artists in residence showing visitors how to show comic favourites from Manga to Minnie The Minx, you might even pick up some new skills while you explore all that the festival has to offer. Make sure to check out the full schedule for the weekend.
July 4-5, CCA.

One thing's for sure, Glasgow Comic Con is bigger and better than ever in its fifth year. You might not leave with superpowers, but there is plenty to keep you and your crew entertained all week. 

See more things to do in Glasgow from Time Out.