This weekend sees a two day festival of all things sci-fi, geek, comic book, retro and fantasy descend on Hull’s Guildhall in the form of Fantasticon 2016. Running for the whole weekend, the feast of comic books, retro gaming, cosplay and science fiction looks set to be bigger and better than last years offering, which drew in crowds of hundreds of people from across the city.
I’ve written before of my love for comic books and science fiction, so for me, the more of this kind of event in Hull the better. The fan-base for comics and sci-fi is huge and growing by the day, thanks to the ever expanding comic book universes on TV and in films over the last few years. For those of us who have spent their lives reading and collecting comics it’s nice to know that geek, is very much chic.
Fantasticon, this year, has an impressive mix of book readings, presentations and live music to accompany the ever present trade stalls and exhibitions. The likes of Drew Wagner, Stuart Aken and John Scotcher will be reading from their books alongside science fiction author, BBC reporter and self confessed technology geek, Kate Russell. If you’re attending on Sunday make sure to get there before midday to hear about upcoming book launches and the dedicated Litfest.
One aspect of Hull’s culture that is often overlooked is the rapid growth of video games and technology companies in the city over the past decade. Hull has embraced the sector, with a number of start-ups entering the market and making waves. As a city we boast award winning computer games writers and software developers who are gaining much deserved recognition, so the see a large presence for gaming and technology at the event is refreshing. Check out the Holotech and 3D printing showcases and be sure to drop into the dedicated Virtual Reality room.
No comic-con or science fiction event would be complete without the ever present Cosplayers, and this is no exception. In fact, at Fantasticon, those wishing to embrace the culture and dress as their favourite characters or comic book figures are rather well catered for. As well as Cosplay panels there is a ‘Cosplay Hospital, a dedicated area for those taking part to fix up their costumes and make-up.
If that’s not enough to entice you to check out what’s on offer then two simple words should do the job. Nerf War! Find out more at fantasticon.co.uk or on Facebook at facebook.com/FantastiCon2016