The first ever comic book convention, known as Comic Con 64 was held in 1964 in New York. It was nothing more than 100 attendees with a passion for comics. Today, 51 years later, Comic Con conventions are held worldwide and Cyprus will be part of all the comic book action for a second year in a row on August 29.
Comic Con started as a gathering of comic book fans to exchange ideas and discuss their favourite heroes, but today it goes far and beyond just comic books. Film festivals, artists showcasing their work and Cosplay competitions (costume play), where participants have the opportunity to dress up as their favourite character and be that hero for the day, are only a few of the additions to many of the Comic Con conventions worldwide.
This year’s Cyprus Comic Con promises to be an event that every geeky Cypriot will be proud of.
The Cyprus Mail talked with Peter Anders Hvass, one of the organisers, and he gave us some inside information about what we can expect.
The first piece of good news is that the venue is much bigger than last year’s. And we all know that a bigger venue means more stuff to do.
Forty local artists will come together with artists from Greece to illustrate their work. Comic illustrations, photographs, paintings and origami exhibits are just a sample of all the things that all these artists will demonstrate.
Neil Gibson, founder and editor-in-chief of the British comic book publisher T Pub and special guest of last year’s Cyprus Comic Con, will attend as a special guest.
For the fans aiming at the full experience, this year’s convention will hold a cosplay contest, as it did last year. So put on your superhero outfit and be ready to save the day. More than 150 participants are expected to make the event a true hero summit.
A board games room where you can play your favourite fantasy board games and a video games room where you can take part in video games competitions will be part of this year’s Cyprus Comic Con as well.
A film festival with sci-fi, horror, fantasy and fan films will also take place.
A new addition this year is the Cyprus Comic Con Bazaar. You can bring your pre-owned comics, board games, video games, action figures and any geeky and nerdy stuff and sell them to a fellow comic lover.
The Comic Con is being held at the Filoxenia Conference Centre in south Nicosia. And for those outside the capital, a Comic Con bus is available to get you to and from the venue at a fee of €10. Entrance to the event is €2 and €1 if you are under 15.
Don’t forget that there will be food and drinks and music all day long.
Comic book convention. August 29. Filoxenia Conference Centre, south Nicosia. 9am-9pm. €2/1. Tel: +357-99-570250.
By Alexandros Achilleos for Cyprus Mail