Comic capers at convention

Wigan's first Comic-Con is gathering pace through the universe before it crash lands at the DW Stadium - pictured is organiser Paul Prescott

Wigan's first Comic-Con is gathering pace through the universe before it crash lands at the DW Stadium - pictured is organiser Paul Prescott

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A STAR-studded, fun-filled, unique comic convention is heading to town in time for the festive season.

Hallgate’s retro store, Funky Figures, is bringing the first ever Unconventional Christmas event to the borough to raise both awareness of the comic business and money for charities.

And if things go as planned on the day, organiser Paul Prescott has vowed to make it an annual event.

He said: “We have a long term goal of creating a huge event that’s a great day out and affordable for all and will continue to support charities as we grow.

“We decided to organise a local event because as a family we travel across Britain attending other conventions. And my kids love the day out meeting celebrities and having their pictures taken with the fantastic people in costume they are also starting to collect some nice toys and autographs themselves.

“Sadly there are few events in the North West and my mission is to change that. It can cost a fortune travelling down south and paying for hotels and some events are very expensive to get into.”

Unconventional Christmas will see celebrity guests from Star Wars Paul Blake and Rusty Goffe who was also in the Harry Potter films and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They are also expecting Virginia Hey from Farscape Mad Max Two and representatives from the James Bond Films will also be in attendance.

Home grown comic artists Nathan Kilburn and Paul PJ Johnson who have both had work published will entertain guests. There will also be book signings from Wigan authors, La Sykes and Darren Poole.

And from further afield, Nickolas Brokenshire, another very talented comic illustrator, will attend the convention to showcase his work.

A percentage of the profits will go to the charity organisation, Falling Leaf, which will then donate to both Macmillan and Joining Jack.

Paul said: “We decided to approach Falling Leaf after seeing the ambassador raising funds and awareness in our local supermarket. I feel that donating a percentage of the entrance fee and getting professional costumers to the event raising money is a great way of us supporting great causes like the fantastic local charity, Joining Jack.”

Among the entertainment at the convention there will be home grown artists and designers from Wigan creating and selling their work.

Paul added: “The convention is also aiming to support local talent who don’t normally have the platform to showcase their things.

“We’ve had so much interest and support so hopefully it will be a good turn out. I can’t wait for it.”

On the day there will be toys, collectables, autographs, T-shirts, retro games and consoles, American candy, clothing and footwear, handmade 3D cards, handmade jewellery, crystals, keepsakes and much more. The convention will take place at Robin Park Arena on Saturday, December 7 from 10am.

For more information contact Paul on 07772 201119.