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Monday 4 May 2015

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
Who's under this Spiderman costume?
A native of the planet Pandora, from the film Avatar
Stephen Currie as 'mobster' Deadpool (left)
Megan O'Brien dressed as Harley Quinn from Batman
Actor James Cosmo, who plays Jeor Mormont, the Old Bear, in Game Of Thrones
Ballymoney man Jim Steele as Captain Sheppard from the game Mass Effect
Stephen Currie as 'mobster' Deadpool (left)
A collection of characters from the Star Wars franchise
Chris Hayne 26, from Sheffield poses as a Licker from Resident Evil ahead of the MCM London Comic Con Expo at ExCel
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Danielle Starky, from Midhurst poses as Minerva from Final Fantasy 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Matt Beaumont from Ashford poses as Red Hood from Batman 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Jess Duzniak, 18, from Essex poses as a nurse from the comic book series Silent Hill 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Rosmina Stones, 15, from Lithuania poses as Pokemon 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Ben Duzniak, 23, from Essex poses as The Butcher from the comic book series Silent Hill 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: A couple from Norway pose as characters from computer gaming series 'Journey,' 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Toby Durr, 21, poses as Pesche from the series Bleach 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Jess Hodges 29, from Robertsbridge poses as a character from the musical 'Cats' 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Dommy Downs, 21, from Aberdeen poses as an 'Ao No Exorcist Shiemi' character 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Jane Stewart, from Liverpool poses as Wonderwoman 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Meg Parrington, 17, from Ashford poses as a Nurse from Silent Hill 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Andrew Kay 27, from Glasgow poses as Avatar Zuko 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Chloe Smith 19, from Gurnsey poses as Femme Lok from the series Thor and the Avengers 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Autumn McCullough, 20, from Belfast poses as Loki from the series Thor 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Dommy Downs, 21, from Aberdeen poses as an 'Ao No Exorcist Shiemi' character 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Debra Phillips, 21, from Manchester poses as Tinkerbell from Peter Pan 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Louis Groves, 18, Lewisham poses as Naruto 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Louis Groves, 18, Lewisham poses as Naruto 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: A couple from Norway pose as characters from computer gaming series 'Journey,' 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Rosmina Stones, 15, from Lithuania poses as Pokemon 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Autumn McCullough, 20, from Belfast poses as Loki from the series Thor 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Chloe Smith 19, from Gurnsey poses as Femme Lok from the series Thor and the Avengers 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Danielle Starky, from Midhurst poses as Minerva from Final Fantasy 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: John Kennedy 19, from Dublin, 18, poses as Jareth from Labyrinth 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Liam Durr, 23, from Hertford poses as Altair from the series Assassin's Creed 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Laura Cranson 25, from Glasgow poses as Moltres from Pokemon 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Emma Greening, 17, from Essex poses as Hannah from the comic book series Kuro II 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Yasmin Ouard poses as Slenderman from the series Mobile Hornets 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Jess Duzniak, 18, from Essex poses as a nurse from the comic book series Silent Hill 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Laura Cranson 25, from Glasgow poses as Moltres from Pokemon 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Ida Therese Hovik, 15, and Karoline Jorgensen, 16, from Norway poses as Maids 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Candi, a character from Euro Kigurumi poses for picture 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Ryan G, 18 from Doncaster poses as The Undertaker from the series Black Butler 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Debra Phillips, 21, from Manchester poses as Tinkerbell from Peter Pan 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Mikey Kennedy, 20, from Preston poses as Kurloz from the series Homestruck 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Emma O'Neil, 20, from Belfast (L) poses as Thor with Autumn McCullough, 20, from Belfast (R) as Loki from the series Thor 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Luke Robertson, 28, from Lewes poses as the King of all Cosmos from the Katamari game series 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Kimmy Parris 21, from Dartford (L) poses as a Creeper from Minecraft with friend Chris Hayne 26, from Sheffield as a Licker from Resident Evil 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: John Kennedy 19, from Dublin, 18, poses as Jareth from Labyrinth 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)
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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: 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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