Comic Con 2018 – Out of this World
On 10 March seven Chaigeley pupils accompanied by three staff made the trip to Liverpool for what has become something of an annual pilgrimage to attend the Comic Con Expo. All seven of the pupils share an interest in the weird and wonderful world of comic, anime and sci-fi and its associated sub cultures.
From an outsiders point of view it all looks somewhat surreal, but for those enthusiasts of this genre it offers a fascinating chance to acquire merchandise from other countries and meet the creators, actors or even view some of the iconic props and vehicles from their favourite shows
The day saw hundreds of visitors dressed up as their favourite comic stars, film characters anime characters, cartoon and even WWE impersonators, in all kinds of shapes and sizes and our pupils were keen to get a selfie with some of their favourite cosplay characters
Some of the more impressive costumes included various Marvel characters including Ironman, Thor, Doctor Doom and Hulk, DC’s Batman and the Suicide Squad, the Flash and Arrow. From the world of anime Dragon ball Z, Pokémon and Naruto and famous film characters from Star Wars and Battlestar Gallactica.
In the Comic Village, where a selection of the finest handmade comics were exhibited, there were artists drawing the next sketch for their latest story, commissions were available to order, and also, all signed pieces of work.
Scattered throughout the Exhibition Centre were various stalls, exhibiting a variety of collectibles from comics, props, posters, figures, imitation weapons, clothing and much more. All of pupils managed to find something relating their favourite genre or show and were only to keen to show their purchases off. Items included Naruto weaponry, Dragon ball Z scanners, Attack on Titan and Doctor Who memorabilia, various comics, graphic novels and other apparel. Talking to the pupils it’s amazing how much knowledge some of them possessed around the origins of their favourite narratives and how these had significant cultural or spiritual links, particularly in the Japanese franchises.
For those gaming enthusiasts there was a whole retro arcade setup featuring iconic titles and timeless classics such as Outrun, R-Type, StreetFighter II, Double Dragon, Centipede, Asteroids and Bubble Bobble. All of which a couple of teachers were very excited about!
Several sci-fi start from movie and TV could also be found either signing autographs or regaling the audience with their tales on stage, these included Manu Bennet (Crixus in Spartacus and Deathstroke in Arrow), Lou Ferringo (The Incredible Hulk), Dirk Benedict (Face in the A Team and Starbuck in Battlestart Gallactica) and WWE Superstar Edge.
After spending 3 hours sampling the various exhibits and attractions on offer the wary Chaigeley contingent then headed into Liverpool to Worlds Apart Sci-Fi and Comic shop and for some much needed refreshment. As a reward for their excellent behaviour on the day and with keeping with some of the Oriental culture we had already sampled the pupils were treated to an Oriental Banquet to round off the day in style.
I’m sure we will all be back for some more extraordinary entertainment next year.