After the huge success of Showmasters first ever Film & Comic Con in Belfast, they have returned to hold their second annual event at the SSE Arena (formerly the Odyssey Arena). This year me and my girlfriend decided to cosplay and after a few months of indecision about who we were actually going to costume as, we both finally settled on WWE wrestler Bray Wyatt and The Riddler. Rather than buying complete costumes we decided that we would try to put the costumes together and we were both silently very proud of the finished product. I was lucky enough to get 90% of my clothing from shops in my hometown. The only thing I really needed to work on was the brown leather glove which needed ripped and cut to size and the lantern which needed some basic weathering. Janine did quite a lot of work on her costume. Despite getting the majority of it from various shops she still needed to use acrylic paint on her bowler hat and eye mask and also fabric paint on her jacket. She also made the question mark cane from scratch using a curtain poll and various bits of wood, then used primer and finished it with gold spray paint.
Attending this years con was film and television stars including Dave Prowse (Darth Vader), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) Carl Weathers (Predator, Rocky), Margot Kidder (Superman), Mark Rolston (Aliens, The Shawshank Redemption), Jennette Goldstein (Near Dark, Aliens) and Dean Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) to name but a few. As always there was a bunch of Doctor Who names there too.
Being a huge Star Wars fan it was an absolute must to meet Dave Prowse and Jeremy Bulloch, both whom were extremely friendly guys. Once again we were treated to a billion different versions of the Doctor but the costume that possibly might’ve beaten that was either The Joker or Harley Quinn. It seemed like every time I turned around I bumped into an incarnation of Harley.
We decided to costume on the Saturday and leave the Sunday for doing the stalls (and spending way too much money) photo-shoots and autographs. While we were waiting in line to get in a few people asked us for pics which was really cool. We were a little nervous since we hadn’t ever costumed at a con before but getting the acknowledgement early on was a huge bonus and settled us down a bit.
Check out some of the highlights below:
There was quite a lot more props this time around and there seem to be lots more stalls too which is great and all but it meant that various corners of the hall became really populated and quite difficult to move through at times. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get in any talks this time around which was a real shame but we did stay for a portion of the cosplay competition. I say we only stayed for a portion because it dragged on so long we felt like we were wasting too much time. I love that they take the time to allow cosplayers to show off their work but it just went on a little too long. Still it was a great weekend getting loads of photographs and meeting some cool people in the process. Cant wait for next year!
(All photographs belong to me)
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