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Comic Con promises a celebration of pop culture

Actor Anthony Daniels with the original 1977 C-3PO head from his Star Wars costume. It took over 30 mins each time to bolt him into the head and the neck opening is 14.5" a measurement Daniels still had over 37 years later to play the same part - although now the design of the head means he can be released from it in 8 seconds. © Sarah Lee / eyevine Contact eyevine for more information about using this image: T: +44 (0) 20 8709 8709 E: [email protected] http:///www.eyevine.com

It started five years ago with a few stalls and a spot of cosplay. Today, it’s the largest celebration of pop culture on the island: a multi-disciplinary carnival of delight for anyone who’s ever played a video game/read an Asimov/dreamt of Princess Leia (with or without bikini).

Expecting close on 17,000 excitable visitors (numbers have been building year on year, starting with 4,000 in 2014 and reaching 15,000 in 2017), Cyprus Comic Con 2019 is the king of go-tos, the must-not-miss of your month. It disappeared in 2018, with organisers enjoying a well-earned break – this non-profit event takes a team of six core members, 20 co-ordinators, and 60 volunteers over 12 months to put together – but it’s back with a bang: bigger, better and brighter than ever!

Taking place at the State fair on April 20 and 21, Comic Con Cyprus boasts something for everyone. Yes, it’s a cliché. But it’s true: no matter your age, sex, interests or proclivities (except for the really weird ones, you know, those that take you to underground Berlin) CCC19 delivers…

First up, for all the star seekers, autograph hunters, and avid fantasy fans, there’s the celebrities. Yup, that’s right: several Really Rather Famous People will be there, meeting, greeting, chatting and mingling. Granted, this is something you’d expect at San Diego Comic Con or MCM London, but getting anyone even moderately renowned to Cyprus is a bit of coup – and we’ve got three!

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll remember 2016 saw Miltos Yerolemou aka Syrio Forel, the show’s ultimate sword fighting water dancer meeting local fans; and then 2017 brought us Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, The Mountain himself. Well 2019 sees not one but two major GoT-ers: special guests Eugene Simon (better known as Lancel Lannister – he of the Faith Militant and forehead scarification!) and Ross Mullan (White Walker in chief), both of whom will have booths for signing and selfies, and will appear in a one-hour GoT-themed panel. And, as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve also got Anthony Daniels who plays the only Star Wars character to have appeared in Every Single Film in the franchise. The headliner at London Comic Con 2018, Daniels is a firm fan favourite, so it’s a total triumph to have the man behind C3PO here in person.

Now, if you’re less interested in the luminaries, and more of a creative, Comic Con holds a host of artistic wonders. Painters, illustrators and designers will enjoy the Artists’ Alley, a “dedicated space in which professional and semi-professional artists showcase their talent, interact with other creative minds and art enthusiasts, draw commissioned sketches and sell prints, as well as other merchandise of their work.” Among the 50-odd talents in attendance, we’ve got illustrator and tattoo artist Anna Cosma, graphic design and comic book aficionado Elias Neophytou, freelance artist and illustrator Nikoletta Kyprianou, and self-taught sculptor and ceramist Thodoris Thou. Oh, and let’s not forget steampunk jeweller Gregory Grozos, whose miniature worlds have recently been featured on viral website Bored Panda!

For the more melodically-minded, we’ve got live music throughout the weekend, with “a large number of local and international music artists given the opportunity to perform and showcase their talent on the outdoor stage.” Internationally-acclaimed rock band Winter’s Verge will be back once more; rock ’n roll and rockabilly band The Xiles promise us “a great mix of well-known favourites and obscure songs, plus a few of their own compositions that’ll have you dancing and rockin’ the night away”; and local quartet Infected Syren will be blending metal, punk, hardcore and psychobilly for “a truly unique sound”. As a more current counterpoint, we’ll also be seeing the stylings of Cyprus’ first ever KPOP dance cover team, SAD-G, a group who cover “a variety of choreographies, ranging from bubblegum pop such as ‘Twice’ and ‘Red Velvet’, to more electronic and hip-hop sounds such as ‘BTS’ and ‘NCT’.”

Movie buffs will enjoy the in-house film festival, which specialises in screening genre short films and features both Local and International Competition sections; crafters can delight in the various panels and workshops hosted by filmmakers, professional cosplayers, comic book artists and other creatives; and shoppers have the chance to snap up a plethora of finds on the loot-filled booths, both second-hand (in the Bazaar section, where collectors and private sellers will be turning their clutter into cash) and brand spanking new (local and international shops will be offering licensed merchandise from all aspects of popular culture, from comics, to TV and film, anime, manga, gaming, and toys).

In the spirit of this not-for-profit event, we’ll also see a host of local community groups, charities and NGOs showcasing their activities, raising awareness and seeking aid. But it’s the Cosplay competition which will probably see the most support: one of CCC’s biggest attractions, the highlight of the weekend will see “hundreds of talented cosplayers showcasing their creativity and craftsmanship, as well as their love for their favourite comic book, anime or video game characters, in one of the most colourful and vibrant stages you will ever see!”

Last but not least, we’ve got the Gaming Section, which unites local gaming communities and gaming fans with tournament organisers. Three stages (Sony Playstation Stage, Inspot Arena Stage, and Nintendo Stage) will be hosting competitions in Tekken, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-strike, and Super Smash Brothers. But if that’s not your bag, then take advantage of the downtime to head over to the food court and fuel up for your next foray into the hallowed halls… Because, with this many excitements and such a diversity of people, one thing is for sure: CCC19 is sure to be heaving!

 

Cyprus Comic Con

April 20 and 21 at the State Fair, Nicosia. Entry starts at 10am, and tickets are available both online and at the gate. €8 for a single day pass, €12 for two. For full information and tickets, visit https://cypruscomiccon.org

 

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