Get ready for stormtroopers in the streets – Nottingham Comic Con is back again

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Nottingham Comic Con will return for its fourth year on Saturday with more exhibitors than ever all helping to raise money for charity.

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The Nottingham Comic returns for its fourth year.

On Saturday, October 29, the Nottingham Conference Centre on Burton Street will play host to more than 150 exhibitions from the comic world.

The event’s co-organiser, Kel Brett, said: “We really like to celebrate small press, independent artists and those just starting out, our main aim is to raise the profile of comics and those making them.

“Each year the event is getting bigger, we have more exhibitors and people coming from wider afield.”

On Saturday, there will be comic-themed fun on offer for all the family with live music from local bands, interactive workshops and question and answer panels with special guests.

Kel added: “We have some awesome guests this year including Marc Laming who is returning to us for the fourth Year, he is a highly-rated Marvel artist and is known for his work on Planet Hulk and the Star Wars comics.”

Some of the other critically-acclaimed guests include Eisner Award-nominee Dan Berry, Eisner and Harvey Award-winning cartoonist Roger Langridge and British Comic Book Award nominee Rachael Smith.

There will also be screenings of animated comic-based films made by people from the movie industry and exhibitors from the event.

With lots of impressive ‘Cosplay’ – fans dressed as costume characters – in 2015, including an army of stormtroopers, organisers are encouraging attendees to participate again in even bigger numbers.

Kel added: “We see more Cosplay each year and we are in awe of it, there are some really talented people when it comes to putting their costumes together.”

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Participation in Cosplay is encouraged.

This year money raised will go to the Ear Foundation, a Nottingham-based charity who support families with hearing technologies, and the Marfan Trust, which fund research into Marfan Syndrome and provide support for those affected and their families.

The British Legion will also benefit.

Nottingham is home to several comic shops including a Forbidden Planet outlet, where staff have teamed up with the NCC.

Forbidden Planet manager Joseph Garratt said: “Nottingham is a creative and diverse city, there is a level of nostalgia here and we are a big enough city for conventions.

“We will have tables with a vast amount of comics for both long term collectors and children, the next generation of collectors.”

 

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