Unleashed Events brings Comic-Con to Chesterfield

More than 600 excited fans queued for hours to get inside Chesterfield Comic-Con.

The Comic-Con event which was organised by Unleashed Events took place at Queen’s Park Sports Centre in the town on Sunday.

Hundreds of people descended on the event, dressed up as characters from films, TV shows, comic books and video games. They hoped to meet their favourite actors, and have photographs with them, and get autographs.

Ghostbusters fan Anthony Singleton, 39, of Nottingham Road, Belper, who works as a train guard, said: “Ghostbusters was a big part of my childhood growing up, playing with friends, and the toy version of what I have on my back today.”

His friend, Jay Thompson, 38, of Harpers Road, Lincoln, who works as an electrical engineer, said: “Ghostbusters was part of my childhood and now my five-year-old is into it.”

Anthony Singleton and Jay Thompson as Ghostbusters

Guests included Chris Barrie from Red Dwarf, Mike Quinn from The Muppets, Josh Herdman of Star Wars and Keith De’Winter from The Force Awakens.

Comic-Creator Terry Martin of Murky Depths attended the event which also featured geeky attractions such as Transformer’s Bumblebee and SHellen Face Painting.

Fans were empowered via ‘Cosplay’ to dress up as their favourite characters, across genders.

Billie Chesney of Moston Walk, Chesterfield, works for NHS Supply Chain. She chose to be Captain America because she “wanted to hold the shield”.

The 31-year-old said: “I would like to be Mystique of X-Men so I could shift and get backstage at any concerts.”

Mick Casey as Captain America: The First Avenger and Billie Chesney as a more recent Captain America

Comic-Con appeals to all age groups, backgrounds, and married couples.

Mick Casey, of Silverdale Court, York, chose to be another good guy, Captain America: The First Avenger, as he said he loves the 40s and Glenn Miller music, which played from his backpack.

The 56-year-old, who does charity work for Santander Bank to raise funds for the homeless, said: “I just like this character and I’m no good in spandex.”

Debbie Casey as The Fourth Doctor

His wife Debbie, 54, was dressed as actor Tom Baker who played The Fourth Doctor in an incarnation of Doctor Who.

She works as a cleaner at Hobmoor Primary School, which caters for children with special needs and Mick works at the same school as her supervisor.

Mick added: “I may be the boss at work, but Debbie is definitely the boss at home.”

The next Unleashed Comic-Con takes place on March 12 at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham. You can buy tickets here.

Written by Hezzie James

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