By Constantinos Psillides
EXPECT TO see some unusual and wonderful sights at the European University Cyprus next Saturday as the first ever Cyprus Comic Convention – or ComicCon – takes place.
Local comic book artists, video game developers, card games players and film buffs along with fans and other enthusiasts will get together for a full day of celebrating their love for everything nerdy and geeky.
The Cyprus ComicCon, according to one of the organisers, will be modelled after similar ComicCons that have sprung up all over the world. The event will also feature a number of local artists.
“We want this to be a celebration not only of the ninth art itself but of every culture and subculture surrounding it including fantasy, science-fiction, anime/manga, video games and more recently TV shows and movies as well as cosplay,” a statement from the organisers said.
Cosplaying – short for costume playing – is one of the famous activities taking place at a ComicCon, where some of the most dedicated fans create and don costumes depicting their favourite characters. Cosplayers in recent years have elevated this activity to a performance art, designing and engineering increasingly more elaborate costumes.
“We have over 100 cosplay entries. Who knew that there were so many comic book fans in Cyprus?” one of the organisers told the Sunday Mail enthusiastically.
Among its many attractions, this year’s ComicCon features known comic book writer Neil Gibson, author of Amazon’s Kindle best selling graphic novel Twisted Dark.
The convention will also include 30 local artists all practising various forms of comic book art including one local indie video game developer, eight shops selling a variety of merchandise including comics, graphic novels, video games, board games, collectible card games, posters and t-shirts, a series of panels and talks on such topics as creating comics, gaming and trading card game tournaments and a mini film festival featuring a full schedule of short films including Cyprus’ first superhero movie, Whispers
The event is organised by Tasos Anastasiades, comic book artist and professor at the EUC, Peter Anders Hvass, OtakuCy society & events, Antonis Aristodemou from the Ant Comics store, Christos Ellinas from Gamers’ Boulevard stores and Tony Michaels, an avid collector.
According to a press release, the five of them “have been striving for years to build a solid and active community behind geek/otaku/gamer culture in Cyprus”.
The first ever Cyprus ComicCon will take place on September 13, at the European University Cyprus. Entrance is free for all ages and the event runs from 10a.m till midnight.