Free Comic Con event returns to Portsmouth to raise money for hospital charity

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Comic Con will be returning to Port Solent for a second year on June 16, in a free event bringing a day of family fun to Father’s Day weekend.

The event will see legions of movie fans, comic book enthusiasts and entertainment lovers flock to see movie memorabilia, TV props and stars from the world of entertainment – as well as meeting like-minded people in the surrounding area.

Captain Jack Sparrow makes a performance' at last summer's Comic Con at Port Solent Picture: Habibur Rahman

Captain Jack Sparrow makes a performance' at last summer's Comic Con at Port Solent Picture: Habibur Rahman

Port Solent has taken the success of last year and enlisted the help of GoGeek Events to bring even more to this year’s event.

Lisa Fowler from Port Solent management said: ‘We were blown away by the success of last year’s Comic Con and the glorious weather made a huge difference to everyone enjoying the day.

Mark Hendley of GoGeek Events says something he is very excited for is the appearance of movie stars at the event.

He said: ‘I’m a huge Star Wars fan at heart – and through contacts I’ve made in the past I’ve been able to get a couple of the Ewoks from Return of the Jedi to come to the event, so I’m really excited about that.

‘It’s something a bit different and I’m chuffed to have them along for the event.’

For this year’s Comic Con, there is a big focus on the cosplay scene, with Mark saying that there is scope for it to grow in popularity in Portsmouth.

He said: ‘Although cosplaying might not be massively popular at the moment, we want to break down the barriers to that.

‘The priority for the Port Solent Comic Con is that anyone can come along dressed however they want – you could have one person in a £4,500 Iron Man costume and another made of three cardboard boxes, and they’ll both be treated the same way.

Lisa Fowler said: ‘We just want everyone to have a really fun day out, and although it is a free event, this year people will also have the opportunity to raise money for the Children’s Bubbles Fund at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham at one of our attractions. We can’t wait to share some exciting announcements in the run up to the event.’