Northern Ireland’s first ever major convention has come and gone, and what a three days it was!
Actors and artists from across the world arrived in Belfast for Heroes and Legends, an event held at W5 inside the Odyssey Arena, with sets built by the Emerald Garrison and the daily Q&As hosted by Following the Nerd.
So what was it like, I hear you all ask. The truth? Brilliant. The actors and artists were a joy to behold for fans who paid their hard earned cash for a photo or autograph.
Michael and Jennifer Biehn brought a bit of Hollywood glamour and reminisced about the making of their new film, The Victim, as well as favourites The Terminator, Aliens and Tombstone.
Colin Baker was easily the most popular of the guests, if we are going by sheer numbers, as Doctor Who fans swamped him in their droves for a minute of his precious time.
Brian Muir, the man who helped create some of the most iconic artefacts in cinema history including Darth Vader’s helmet, was the most pleasant man imaginable and a pleasure to talk with.
Babylon 5s Claudia Christian and Patricia Tallman brought some eccentric American glamour to proceedings while Game of Thrones’ Kristian Nairn ensured an Ulster presence on the main floor.
Comic book artists Nick Roche and PJ Holden were so approachable for the many fans that came up to them asking for an autograph, sketch or even a bit of advice.
But for me, the highlight of the weekend was getting to meet Bond beauty Caroline Munro. Best known for playing Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me, she was an absolute delight who couldn’t have put me more at ease when she granted us a one on one interview. Nobody Does It Better, indeed!
As for the props and the Garrison members dressed up as some of the famous characters from movie history, everything was superb.
From the Lord of the Rings set to the 30ft Optimus Prime, local fans were treated to craftsmanship of the highest quality. The Emerald Garrison volunteers are the nicest bunch you will meet and some of their costumes were a sight to behold, including the Ghostbusters, Catwoman and, easily the best of the bunch, Captain Jack Sparrow. If you missed it be sure to check out our upcoming videos, he is hilarious!
A big shout out to the W5 staff, including Adrian Lutton, who made things go smoothly for everyone. They couldn’t have been nicer, despite the pressure they were under. Also, thank you to Garrison chief Martin Ryan who always had five minutes to chat, despite the fact that he was always heading somewhere.
Is there more I could tell you? Of course there is. But instead of me typing on why don’t you check out our videos here, and on YouTube – we’ll be posting loads of stuff over the next week.
I think you’ll get an idea that Heroes and Legends was a success and will be back again next year. Roll on 12 months I say!
(Editor’s note: We are all exhausted after the three days, four nights. Please note that we will have many, many more pictures and videos over the next few days.)