Superheroes, villains and sci-fi characters descend on Cottingham for Hull Comic Con 2017

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It’s an event which is on every Cosplay fan’s calendar and on Sunday, hundreds of people donned weird and wonderful costumes for Hull Comic Con 2017.

From The Joker to Darth Vader, Captain America to Harley Quinn, there were all manner of outfits on display as people dressed to impress for the six-hour extravaganza at The Lawns in Cottingham.

There were queues from the off as people young and old turned up to explore the world of Cosplay and pick up quirky collectible items from their favourites movies, television shows and comics.

People put a lot of effort into their costumes
People put a lot of effort into their costumes

Guests were also treated to engaging talks by S Club 7 singer turned Primeval actress Hannah Spearitt, as well as Hull’s very own Jon Campling, who is best known for his work on Harry Potter and the Final Fantasy series.

Steve Bowman, who helped to organise the popular event with his sister Claire Jacklin, was overwhelmed by the number of people who came through the doors.

“It has been brilliant,” he said. “We were really busy throughout and it looks like everyone had an amazing time.

“All the activities and workshops were packed which was great to see and we had the weather all day which definitely helped.”

Ingvild Delia, who portrayed Princess Leia in Rogue One, made an appearance
Ingvild Delia, who portrayed Princess Leia in Rogue One, made an appearance

Indoors, those who attended were able to explore a range of stalls packed full of merchandise from the world of Marvel, DC, Doctor Who and many more sci-fi favourites.

However, the event also drew in a large number of families with a bouncy castle, face painting, crazy golf and mask making workshops keeping people entertained outdoors.

Mr Bowman said: “It was really nice to have that big outdoor space that we knew would be popular with the kids.

Sam Foston, AKA 'Thrall,' received a lot of attention thanks to his outfit
Sam Foston, AKA ‘Thrall,’ received a lot of attention thanks to his outfit

“We were trying to create an event where once people are in, they no longer have to pay for anything so everything can be enjoyed for free and that’s exactly what we did.

“This is the first time we’ve held it at The Lawns but it’s been absolutely amazing.

“People spend so much time making their costumes and it’s great to see them all come together. There is nowhere else where you would see something like this in Hull and we are proud to celebrate and organise such an inclusive event.”

Kirsty was dressed up as one of her favourite anime characters
Kirsty was dressed up as one of her favourite anime characters

Sam Foston, 20, painted his whole body in green to replicate the mystical Thrall from World of Warcraft. This was only his second Comic Con but he enjoyed every minute of it.

“I’m still quite new to it all but it’s been great,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of people stop me for photos which is nice.

“You can go to these events dressed up as someone that only three people might recognise or someone that everyone will recognise but you still get the same great response from everybody.

Organiser Steve Bowman
Organiser Steve Bowman

“You get to do things and express yourself in a way you would not normally do in life which is fantastic. You certainly wouldn’t dress up like this to pop down Sainsbury’s.”

Kirsty Metcalf, 24, pulled out all the stops to dress up as anime schoolgirl Victorique de Blois.

She has been going to Comic Cons for the last seven years and still loves dressing up as her favourite Cosplay characters.

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“It’s really nice to get everybody together and you really do get a sense of community, which is what got me into Cosplay in the first place,” she said.

“This is probably the biggest Comic Con we’ve ever had in Hull and it has been set out really well with some really great special guests.

“Anyone that is interested in Cosplay should just definitely get involved. Everyone is accepted and they can all be a part of what we do.”



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