Freaks and geeks alike are converging this weekend at Bournemouth International Centre for the now biannual Bournemouth Film and Comic Con. After the success of last year’s first convention, which saw such stars as Robert Englund, Dave Prowse and former Doctors Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy gracing the town’s sunny shores, fans were delighted when event organizers Showmasters announced that they would be treating us to a double-helping of nerdgasms this year.
And so came the inevitable rogues’ gallery of cosplayers, with some wonderfully creative work on display in the forms of a saucy Hatsune Miku, and some great The Walking Dead outfits, along with, unsurprisingly, an infinite amount of Deadpools and Harley Quinns. A daily cosplay parade gives costumers a chance to show off their work, whether store-bought or painstakingly hand-crafted.
Stars this year are arguably not quite as well-known outside fan circles as last time round, but headliners include Walking Dead star Ross Marquand, who took the time to chat to us about his recent adventures in the Far East and the surprising amount of walker lovers in Japan, as well as Red Dwarf ‘s Danny John Jules, who made this reporter’s day with a rendition of the Pancake Day song from Maid Marian and Her Merry Men.
Also in attendance are Doctor Who stars Noel Clarke, Ian McNeice and Simon Fisher Becker, Game of Thrones’ Daniel Portman and Hannah Waddington as well as plenty of other Star Wars and BBC fan favourites. Autographs and photo opportunities are available with all stars for a small fee.
On sale is every piece of film and comic book merchandise imaginable (an original 1989 Usagi Yojimbo figurine for me thankyouverymuch), as well as Japanese candies and other such delights. There are also talks from industry folk throughout the day, and an array of table top games to get involved in.
The convention continues tomorrow, so do yourself a favour; grab your most obscure t-shirt, stick on a Deadpool mask, and join your fellow geeks for a jolly good day out at the BIC.