Yes my fellow Nerds and Nerdettes, Dublin’s first Comic Con is taking place on 10th and 11th August at the National Show Centre in Swords, Dublin.
The confirmed guest list includes Ron Donachie from Game of Thrones and Titanic, Femi Taylor from Return of the Jedi, Ian Whyte from AVP and now Al Matthews, best known for his appearance as Sergeant Apone in the James Cameron film Aliens, will all be available to chat to, obtain autographs and photographs.
For fans of comics, the guest list includes Charlie Adlard whose work includes The Walking Dead; Stephen Mooney whose work includes CSI and Angel and Will Simpson wh,o besides working on Judge Dredd among others, is also the lead storyboard artist on Game of Thrones.
Not only are there guests from in front of the camera, there are guests from behind the scenes. Brian Muir, whose body of work includes Star Wars, Superman, James Bond, is a sculptor and has worked in films for over 40 years and who also worked on Alien. Special effects character creator and monster maker Shannon Shea has enjoyed a long career working at Stan Winston Studios on such classics as Predator, Terminator and Jurassic Park.
Aside from the above guests being available for autographs and photographs, they will also be taking parting various discussion panels. This, for fans, is one of the highlights of the con as it gives the fans a little insights and snippets into the production of films/television/comics and also provides a lot of amusing anecdotes.
If meeting the real actors/artists wasn’t exciting enough, there will also be a number of costume characters, props and models on display. These range from characters such as Spider-man, Batman, Dead Pool, Predators and even Stormtroopers, courtesy of various costume and cosplay groups, including The 501st Legion, which is comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm LLC, it is Lucasfilm’s preferred Imperial costuming group, so who knows, there may even be an appearance by Darth Vader or The Emperor himself!
As with most cons, there will also be a vast array of vendors with everything from comics to collectibles on sale. For those young – or young at heart budding artists out there – there is an Artists’ Corner and various workshops to help you hone your skills.
With costume competitions, prop robots and interactive sets that you can walk through, there really is something for everyone at Dublin’s Comic Con. So get yourself down there for an out of this galaxy experience!
For tickets and venue information, please visit: http://www.dublincomiccon.com