Is­land to host first comic con­ven­tion

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AN­GLE­SEY will host its first ever Comic Con­ven­tion this sum­mer.

The cel­e­bra­tion of all things sci-fi and fan­tasy will take place in Beau­maris on June 9.

The event held at the the Dis­trict Leisure Cen­tre will see fans emerge them­selves in the world of comics, film, me­dia, art, lit­er­a­ture, sports and mu­sic by dress­ing up as their favourite he­roes.

Un­like ma­jor city cen­tre comic events, no celebrity guests have been added to the An­gle­sey con­ven­tion lineup, al­though vis­i­tors can en­joy trad­ing stands, ex­hibitors and en­ter­tain­ment through­out the day.

And se­ri­ous buffs im­i­tat­ing their favourite fic­tion char­ac­ters can also take part in two cos­play com­pe­ti­tions in front of a pan­nel of four judges.

The event is ex­pected to at­tract more than 500 sci-fi fans from across the re­gion.

It has been or­gan­ised by David Bar­ber, the founder of MSE Events who also holds an an­nual comic event at the Llan­gollen Pav­il­ion, which takes place on July 22 this year.

He said: “Some of the most pop­u­lar char­ac­ters we see fans dress­ing up as ev­ery year is Dead­pool, or Iron­man, Cap­tain Amer­ica and Won­der Woman.

“So it would be great to see some­thing dif­fer­ent, per­haps some good char­ac­ters from the new Black Pan­ther.”

The 61-year-old who has been or­gan­is­ing comic events across the North East and North West of Eng­land since 1973 added: “As this is the first one, the event won’t be as big as some comic con­ven­tions you see in big cities, we won’t have any big celebrity names on the lineup

“But we’re quite happy run­ning smaller, com­mu­nity events at smaller venues.

“An event usu­ally works based on where it is and af­ter spend­ing some time on An­gle­sey last sum­mer, I was to­tally smit­ten with the place.

“We’re ex­pect­ing more than 500 peo­ple, al­though the ca­pac­ity for the leisure cen­tre is around 1,000.”

A com­pe­ti­tion for chil­dren up to the age of 12 will take place from 11am be­fore the sec­ond adult cos­play con­test from 2pm.

Cos­play­ers will need to reg­is­ter their name and char­ac­ter on a cos­play en­try form on the day as part of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a mem­ber of the cos­play judg­ing panel should con­tact an­gle­s­ey­comic­con@ ya­hoo. com.

Tick­ets are priced £4 for adults and £2 for chil­dren. Fam­ily tick­ets in­clud­ing two adults and two chil­dren are avail­able for £8.

They are avail­able to buy on­line now from mseevents. or can be bought on the day.

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