Sheffield Comic Con: ‘Ultimate nerd-fest’ arrives in city for hundreds of cosplayers and families

Sheffield held its fourth annual Comic Con, drawing hundreds of sci-fi, anime, and comic book fans from around South Yorkshire to see what was on offer.

Unleashed Events and Unleashed Sheffield held the event on Sunday at Magna Science Adventure Centre on Magna Way, Rotherham, from 11am to 5am, with many attending in ‘cosplay’ to be their favourite character.

Attendees could buy tickets in advance or pay on the door to see the convention, which boasted dozens of independent stalls of merchandise, collectibles and handmade gifts ranging from Star Wars to Jurassic Park to Lord of The Rings.

Owen Clegg, 18, a health and social care student from Swinton, alias the Tenth Doctor, said: “It was a great experience. Everyone was really friendly, and it was great walking around the event and looking at the displays and stalls. Would definitely want to go to another Comic Con in the future.”

Sarah Clark, 25, alias She-Hulk, said: “It’s just amazing here. I’m with my people, we all look amazing. Even thought it’s a small event, there’s so much going on.

The waitress of Fenton Street, Rotherham, added: “I think it’s great for Sheffield since everyone’s come from all over. I’ll be coming again for certain. Absolutely.”

Several guest appearances included Will Mellor (2 Pints, Hollyoaks and Broadchurch), Chris Barrie (Red Dwarf, Brittas Empire and Tomb Raider), Garrick Hagon (Star War, James Bond and Mission Impossible) and Murray McArthur (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who and Wednesday).

Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor’s actor was scheduled but cancelled his appearance.

Harry Young, 10, from Elescar, alias Boba Fett, said: “My favourite part was seeing Chewbacca. He was so tall and fluffy and he gave me a hug. And there’s so much Star Wars stuff and I love it. I never ever want to leave because it’s amazing here.”

The Covid-19 pandemic suspended Comic Con 2020 and fans praised this year’s inclusivity and diversity of the available ‘fandoms’ or fan communities.

Dan McKay, 33, a car salesman from Dodworth, Barnesly, alias The Batman said: “Everything’s sick. And you’ve got stuff for everyone, it doesn’t matter what you like. I’m here for Star Wars but there’s Transformers and Zelda and all the anime stuff.

“It’s the ultimate nerd-fest for Sheffield.”

Written by Ruth George

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