Sci-fi, fantasy, comics, games and all that stuff

About us

OH!CON is an annual comic con held in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. This year's OH!CON will be on Saturday 12 October 2024.

The organisation

We're a not-for-profit organisation (technically, we’re a Community Interest Company registered in Scotland, company number SC760447).

Our purpose is to organise and run an annual comic con in the Western Isles. We also run nerdy outreach events throughout the year.

We have a board of 6 directors responsible for running the company (the dull bits) and a larger group of volunteers who plan and run the events (the fun bits). All directors and volunteers are unpaid and without their time and enthusiasm, OH!CON would not be possible.

The funding

As well as time and enthusiasm, it also takes money to run a comic con. We’re funded in three ways: sales, grants and donations.

All proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise are invested back into OH!CON.

We also appreciate the generosity of the organisations that have supported us with grants:

  • Creative Scotland
  • Scottish Book Trust
  • Point and Sandwick Trust
  • Maoin nan Ealan Gàidhlig

Western Isles Libraries, An Lanntair and UHI have all supported us with staff time, premises and other assistance.

If you would like to support this year’s OH!CON through a donation, sponsorship or help in kind, please get in touch.

Charity donations

We aim to raise money for charity through OH!CON. To date, we have been able to give nearly £900 to local good causes.

The name

Some people ask: why are you called OH!CON?

OH!CON is short for “Oh! There’s a comic con there?”.

Or it might stand for Outer Hebrides Comic Con. We’re not sure.

And, in case you’re wondering, it’s pronounced ‘oh con’, not ‘oh aitch con’.