In Reading this weekend at the Rivermead Leisure Centre was the second Comic-Con convention where several hundred people went around dressed as their favourite mythical comic or TV/Film hero.
Many of the costumes were very elaborately made and they are judged at the end of the day in a masquerade competition. This is where the people that have dressed up are encouraged to perform “in character” on stage and they are given prizes based on both their performance and outfit.
Some of the people that go, stay in character all day and wander around the convention in full dress, so you can see and meet full-size Daleks, Darth Vader and Stormtroopers.
The stalls sell everything from comic books to toys, costumes and all the related paraphernalia associated with any comic or hero you can name. There are also famous stars from TV series such as Game of Thrones who will provide autographs. There are talks on Cos-play which is a major part of the Comic-con convention, as well as by stars such as the Red dwarf cast.
Access was good, but catering was a bit limited, although some of the meals were named after various characters on a special menu for the event. Overall, it was extremely well attended drawing crowds from all over the country and abroad. It’s one for next year’s diary when I hope to meet up again with the extremely raptor from the Jurassic Park franchise.