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Saturday 26 July 2014

Comic Con Belfast: From Game of Thrones to Mass Effect, sci-fi and anime fans aim to dress and impress

Stephen Currie as 'mobster' Deadpool (left) and Jason Voorhees Friday the 13th series
Stephen Currie as 'mobster' Deadpool (left) and Jason Voorhees Friday the 13th series
This weekend Craig will be a Power Ranger, wearing a custom-made Ninjetti suit in orange
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Khloe Valentine, 16, from High Wycombe poses as Yuki Kuran from Vampire Knight ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel on October 26, 2012 in London, England. Visitors to the Comic Convention are encouraged to wear a costume of their favourite comic character and flock to the Expo to gather all the latest news in the world of comics, manga, anime, film, cosplay, games and cult fiction. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It's going to be a fabulously freaky weekend as the first MCM Comic Con comes to town.

The event – today and tomorrow at the King's Hall in Belfast – will be the highlight of the year for sci-fi and fantasy fans, gamers, comic collectors, movie buffs and anime enthusiasts.

It's an event that's all about participation and will attract thousands of cosplayers – people who dress up as their favourite fantasy characters.

Some of the world's top comic artists and actors such as James Cosmo from Game Of Thrones will be appearing.

Joe Brown, one of Comic Con Belfast's organisers, said that he expected a "super" reception from the local audience.

"The people attending will be our kind of people, they will be just like us and like a little bit of everything, whether it's fantasy, sci-fi, comics or gaming."

While the 5,000 weekend and Saturday priority tickets have sold out, there are still tickets available for tomorrow.

Software developer Jim Steele has spent the past seven months and £400 to create his Commander Sheppard costume from the game Mass Effect.

The 30-year-old from Ballymoney, Co Antrim, is looking forward to showing off his work at the Cosplay Masquerade.

"When you go to the time and the effort into making an outfit like my Commander Sheppard, you do want to have a chance of letting others see it and getting their reaction."

Cosplay fans attend the opening day of New York Comic Con 2013 at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 10, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Neilson Barnard
Cosplay fans attend the opening day of New York Comic Con 2013 at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 10, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Neilson Barnard
Cosplay fans attend the opening day of New York Comic Con 2013 at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 10, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Neilson Barnard
Cosplay fans attend the opening day of New York Comic Con 2013 at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 10, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Neilson Barnard
Cosplay fans attend the opening day of New York Comic Con 2013 at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 10, 2013 in New York City.
Cosplay fans attend the opening day of New York Comic Con 2013 at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 10, 2013 in New York City.

Jane Beattie (22) from Carrickfergus has bought a weekend pass and will be dressing up as Amy Pond from Dr Who and Bat Girl.

"I'm going as part of the group of about 10 and while our main interest will be comic books, there will be a few like myself who are interested in manga and anime.

"My main goal is actually to get a Red Dwarf box set signed by one of the main guests, Chris Barrie, the actor who plays Rimmer, for my father."

Craig Wilson and his partner Liam Dodds are keen first-time cosplayers and have been working on their costumes since Comic Con in London.

Craig (36) may be a payroll manager by day, but this weekend he will be a Power Ranger, wearing a custom-made Ninjetti suit in orange.

Liam (48) will be going as a Clockwork Droid, one of the scary aliens in the Dr Who episode The Girl In the Fireplace. Craig said: "We will be going to the whole weekend and this will be our first outing for the costumes.

"Cosplay is brilliant and really inclusive. It doesn't matter how old you are, your sex or size or what you do, cosplay is for everyone."

Vincent McDonagh (34) from Omagh is planning to go as one of the vampires out of the hit fantasy series Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

"I've been a big fan of Marvel Comics since childhood, so Comic Con is right up my street," he explained.

"I'm hoping it's as good as the Comic Con in London."

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