Portsmouth Comic Con is coming up very soon and I can’t wait! I had such a great time when I was there and it’s been missed.
Recently I got to speak with Nick Coles (Event Director) and Curt Hill (Event Producer) about what will be happening at this years event and why this is one to keep a close eye on.
How would you describe a Comic-Con to someone who was maybe thinking of visiting one for the first time?
I would say come and try it!
Comic Cons celebrate the best in comics, film, TV and pop culture entertainment – if you’re serious about comics, love Marvel/DC, superheroes and cult series like Star Wars and Dr Who or are simply looking for a fun and different day out with the family – this is the event for you.
Portsmouth Comic Con is a really fun and family friendly event. It is so bright and colourful, with something happening at every turn. There really is something for everyone, from seeing some of the greatest artists and writers in the industry at work, to really fascinating panel discussions about a whole range of topics, and fascinating exhibitions and displays. There is also the opportunity to have a go yourself in one of our workshops or in the VR and gaming zones, and you’ll get to watch the amazing cosplay parades, discover steampunk and shop a massive range of merchandise and collectables.
What new experiences can attendees expect to see?
Our special features for 2022 include:
Star Wars Walk Through Experience – explore the Star Wars universe in this unique experience created by Joker Squad UK and The Isle of Wight Prop Crew. Entering the world of Tattoine complete with backdrops, Stormtroopers and Luke Skywalker’s Speeder, you will experience the sights, sounds and characters of the desert planet before being transported to the moon of Endor with its Imperial Bunker, speeder bikes and an interactive Ewok experience, with lots more surprises to discover!
She-Quential Saturday – celebrate some of the most inspirational female characters created including Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Supergirl and more, through a range of international guests, panels, cosplayers and workshops with Ladies Do Comics.
World of Witchcraft & Wizardry – celebrate the fantasy novel and film worlds of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Excalibur, The Witches, Maleficent and many more, with a host of costumed characters, props, games, workshops, a real Ford Anglia, and a ‘School of Wizards’ themed cosplay parade.
What has it been liking working with Go Geek Events again?
It is an absolute pleasure and honour to work with GoGeek Events CIC and also a lot of fun! GoGeek works with us all year round on spreading the word about Portsmouth Comic Con – which this year has included attending a community day on one of the hottest days of the summer, to a promo opportunity at Spinnaker Tower on one of the coldest days of the winter! We ran a mask-making workshop for families at the Guildhall in February and I think GoGeek are still finding glitter in their costumes now?!
With our shared values of inclusion, equality and diversity, GoGeek really helps create the relaxed, friendly and welcoming atmosphere of Portsmouth Comic Con and are a fantastic ambassador in taking their anti-bullying message out into schools and engaging with young people.
How have you worked with the planning team to make this event as inclusive as possible?
It’s always such a special feeling to work as a team to make Portsmouth Comic Con happen. We passionately believe that the event is one of the crown jewels of the city which inspires us all to work together to make the event welcoming to everyone. With the support of GoGeek, who are part of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, we have worked hard to ensure Portsmouth Comic Con is a safe space for everyone to express themselves for who they are.
Cons have always been a great place to share old passions and find new ones. What are you most excited to see at this year’s event?
Comic Cons across the world have always been extremely sociable events. After two years without a Comic Con in Portsmouth, we are really excited to see attendees turn up in their fantastic cosplay. Everyone will have the chance not only to see old faces again but meet new ones too. At the two previous Portsmouth Comic Cons, the team walked round in amazement that they are responsible for the event that creates such an incredible atmosphere and that’s a feeling we are all excited to experience again.
Why do you think Comic Cons are so beloved?
I think Comic Cons are so beloved because they are an absolute escape from the everyday! It’s the chance to immerse yourself into a different time, world or even character – you can be whoever you want to be at a Comic Con. It’s a chance to indulge your passions, meet your idols and new/like-minded people and most of all, just have lots of fun.
Nick and Curt, thank you for your time and good luck with all the planning, you have a lot to get ready!
I will be reporting from Portsmouth Comic Con over the whole weekend and can’t wait to experience everything! If you want to know more about the Con then click on this link. Tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out!
GoGeek Events is a partner of Portsmouth Con and recently they were a guest on The Podcast Of Steel and we had a great chat about what will be happening on the 7th and 8th of May. You can listen to that here.