Sunday, 29 November 2015

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Batman and Alien drop in on Carlisle comicon

Famous characters from sci-fi and superhero tales gathered alongside hundreds of fans for an afternoon of all things comic book.

Carlisle comic event photo
Lauren Brown as BMO, Alison Storey as Finn the Human and Shona Walker as Marceline

Fans were greeted at the entrance to Richard Rose Central Academy by Storm Troopers and Iron Man as they entered the MegaCon Carlisle event.

The convention is the second one held at the school after outgrowing its previous venue at Waterstones in the city centre.

Fans dressed as comic and sci-fi favourites such as Batman, Alien and Predator could enter different competitions and look around stalls run by collectors and publishers.

Organiser Levi McGlinchey said: “It all started a few years when a publisher advertised a similar event, but people wanted more and we have gave them more. Now we cater everything nerd. Last year we had 500 people so I would expect a similar number to last time.”

Lauren Brown, 17, from Wigton, was dressed as BMO from Adventure Time. She said: “We like it here because it’s full of things we are interested in.”

  • Renowned animator Barry Purves will bring his magic to Cumbria next month.

Purves, who has Oscar and Bafta nominations for his work, will headline a festival of animation at Rheged and Penrith Playhouse on Sunday, September 8.

Animated Eden is being organised by Holly Thompson, of Skirwith, near Penrith and will feature short international animation screenings, talks, a question and answer session plus live music.

During the day, a family-friendly session will be at Rheged from 10am to 5pm with an edgier theme in Penrith Playhouse from 6.30pm to 11pm.

Holly, a fine artist, yoga teacher, creative and health event organiser, said she was passionate about animation and wanted to share the medium with as many people as possible. She said Purves would give talks on animation and his use of puppets. He will also be presenting his internationally acclaimed films along with some of his personal favourites.

His past work includes The Wind in the Willows, Postman Pat, Noddy, King Kong, Rigoletto, Plume, Next and Tchaikovsky among others. At the moment he is working on the series Toby's Travelling Circus for Channel 5.

Organisers are also on the look out for a volunteers to help out on the day of the festival.

They also need local musicians, who can read music, to join in the evening Eden Underworld event, to play live accompaniment to select animations.

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