Caerphilly gets first Comic Con
18th May 2017
Sci-fi characters and superheroes are set to descend on Caerphilly when the town’s first ever Comic Con takes place in June.
The charity event, to be held at Caerphilly Leisure Centre, takes place on Saturday, June 10, 10am-5pm, raising money for Caerphilly Children’s Centre and featuring four celebrity guests.
It’s part of ‘Superhero Weekend’, which is being held in the historic town from Friday, June 9- until Sunday, June 11.
Caerphilly Comic Con is the brainchild of Vik Yadh, a resident of the town and a regular on the Comic Con scene as both a visitor and private seller.
Vik, of Affordable Science, a science education teaching business in the town, said:
“There has never been a Comic Con in Caerphilly so I decided to host one with a difference. Instead of full commercial cons or ones which donate profits to a named charity, we find and work with a local charity and help raise money via donations over the year until the day of the actual Comic Con.”
There will be a huge variety of people attending the Comic Con, including artists, cartoonists and illustrators, as well as stalls selling comic books, collectables, cinema memorabilia, living candles, jewellery and more. There will even be a replica of the JP29 Jeep from Jurassic Park at the event.
There will also be some well-known celebrities with Game of Thrones star Ross O’Hennessey (Rattleshirt), Jabba the Hutt co-pilot puppeteer Toby Philpott (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi), Claire Gutteridge – who recently appeared as Sherlock Holmes’ younger mother in Sherlock, and finally Doctor Who star Francois Pandolfo – best known for his portrayal of Quintus in ‘The Fires of Pompeii’ alongside David Tennant and Peter Capaldi.
On Friday, June 9, as part of Superhero Weekend, a Superhero dress-up will take place in schools in Caerphilly county borough. On this day, youngsters can dress up as superheroes to help raise money for Enable – which raises funds for Caerphilly Children’s Centre. They can also design and wear a superhero costume and be in with the chance of winning a walk-on role in a short movie. There will also be prizes including signed limited edition artwork.
Youngsters at participating schools will get ‘Golden Tickets’ which can be used during the weekend (details been sent to all Caerphilly schools). Full details on the website.
On Sunday, June 11, families can dress up as superheroes and enjoy special deals and events at a number of local pubs, including the Red Kite and Toby Carvery, Caerphilly which will have their staff also dressed up as superheroes.
Sponsors and supporters from ICE include:
Anifilic Studios – Sponsors (prize) 3 Actor/Actress role in a upcoming short movie of theirs as part of the Caerphilly Schools Competition for Comic Con
RecRock – Dan and his crew are making a short film and covering photography for Comic Con and at the same time gaining qualifications for the volunteers.
Panda Education – Ros and Rachel together with Vik from Comic Con have developed the level 2 Teamwork qualification for RecRock volunteers. Vik comes in every Wednesday and helps plan and teach as part of their work for the comic con.
Weird Triangle – Craig and Raj are the official T-shirt sponsors and taking part in the Thirty T-shirts of May event with Vik.
If you would like to take part in the event and/or get a stand, email Vik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, online or at one of a number of vendors listed on the Comic Con website. They will be limited and on a first-come first-served basis.
To find out more about the event visit the website.