Sheffield Comicon – Here we come-icon

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On Sunday 31st September, I visited Sheffield’s first Science Fiction & Comicon which was held at Motorpoint Arena.

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I always say that if there’s one thing the British are good at; it’s charging the British. Therefore, the cost of tickets – £8 for the day – I thought was surprisingly reasonable.

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Entrance to the main trading floor was via the mezzanine which was temporary home to the various celebrities that were visiting the event. Famous types I noticed (and recognised) included Dr Who hero Sylvester McCoy, one time Dr Who and McCoy replacement Paul McGann, Doctor assistant Bonnie Langford (made me want to “thcream until I was thick”). The highlight was A-Team and Battlestar Galactica legend Dirk Benedict.

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The sales floor was rammed with vendors. I found the aisles to be a little too close together. There were three stalls with noticeable steampunk attire being sold including Jacklyn Hyde – notable steampunk leather worker. She had a marvellous array of work from tea and saucer holsters to purses and shoulder armour.

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Comicons could be thought of as an unusual place to find steampunk vendors but we do deal with science fiction so there’s no reason why not. As I walked near the steampunk stalls I did hear a few excited comments such as “Yes! Steampunk!” and “There’s a steampunk stall!” It seems popular among other cultures and interest groups too.

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If you get the chance to visit a Comicon then you must do so. There are some wonderful costumes and the occasional celebrity.

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