Hundreds of sci-fi and fantasy fans flock to Hartlepool Comic-Con

Hundreds of science fiction and fantasy lovers flocked to Hartlepool's Borough Hall for the town's Comic-Con.

Sunday, 11th March 2018, 4:57 pm
Updated Sunday, 11th March 2018, 5:15 pm
Ian Butler as Professor Snape and Hanah Simpson as a Slytherin pupil from Harry Potter at Hartlepool Comic-Con.

Families rubbed shoulders with superheroes, Disney princesses and a host of fans in costume at the packed event.

Among the guests posing for pictures and signing autographs today were Mad Max and Farscape star Virginia Hey; Mark Dexter, who has credits in Transformers, Doctor Who and sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf to his name, and Sandeep Mohan, who has appeared in a number of the recent Star Wars films.
Fans could have their pictures taken on a Star Wars speederbike, or with a life-size Wampa, while a Lightsaber Training Academy helped youngsters learn how to defend themselves from the Dark Side.

Ian Butler as Professor Snape and Hanah Simpson as a Slytherin pupil from Harry Potter at Hartlepool Comic-Con.

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And traders were on hand to offer a vast range of merchandise from the likes of Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Star Wars.

Sharon Hall, from organisers Unleashed Events, was overwhelmed with the response.

“It has been absolutely amazing,” she said.

“The people of Hartlepool are just mad for Comic-Con.”

The busy convention floor at Hartlepool Comic-Con.

Among those in costume were friends Kurt Scott, as video game character Mario; Molly Wilde, as Catwoman; Bef Slater, as Velma from Scooby Doo, and Jamie Cardwell, as The Walking Dead’s Negan.

“I just love getting into character - it’s brilliant,” said Kurt.

Keeping it in the family were Michael Appleyard, as Batman, and 12-year-old daughter Lauren, as Gotham’s Selina Kyle.

“We got to a lot of these events together,” said Michael.

Kurt Scott, Molly Wilde, Bef Slater and Jamie Cardwell

One of the youngster attendees was six-month-old Jessica Alday, who was dressed as Wonder Woman.

“My husband Steve isn’t here because he’s working - but he wishes he was,” said mum Serana.

Twenty-four-year-old Hanah Simpson had come dressed as a Slytherin student from the Harry Potter books - only to find herself face-to-face with Ian Butler, 54, as Head of House Professor Snape.

“I am thinking about playing Luna Lovegood in the future, but with a blonde wig,” said Hanah.

Michael and Lauren Appleyard

“I don’t think I quite have it in me to dye my hair.”

Sandeep Mohan is a relative newcomer to the convention circuit, but is loving it.

“To be here on Mother’s Day with all the families has been a privilege,” he said.

Jessica Alday as Wonder Woman with mum Serana.
Ian Butler as Professor Snape and Hanah Simpson as a Slytherin pupil from Harry Potter at Hartlepool Comic-Con.
The busy convention floor at Hartlepool Comic-Con.
Kurt Scott, Molly Wilde, Bef Slater and Jamie Cardwell
Michael and Lauren Appleyard
Jessica Alday as Wonder Woman with mum Serana.