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Calling all sci-fi and comic fans

06 May 2014

Rachel Atkinson

UCLan students organise Preston’s first comic and sci-fi convention

Are you a sci-fi or comic fan? If so, then Preston’s first comic-con event is just for you.

The free comic/fantasy/sci-fi convention is being billed by the organisers as “a celebration of everything nerdy” and will see the Harris Library awash with ‘cosplay’ – meaning fans will be dressed as their favourite superheroes and sci-fi characters.

Talk Nerdy To Me is the brain child of two University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) English literature and education undergraduates who were given the task of getting more young adults through the doors of the city’s main library.

Joint organiser Gary Cartwright, from Preston, said: “We want people to indulge their geekdom without fear of mockery. We want as many people to come along in cosplay, take part in the free events and enjoy spending time with people who love their comics and sci-fi.”

The 27-year-old, who is planning to be dressed as Batman or the Joker for the event, added: “Comic-cons are very popular at this moment in time, especially with the late teens early 20s age group that we were asked to engage with. But we also know there are comic book fans of all ages out there and we want them to come along and join in the fun. We’ve done lots of research into what similar events have on offer and made sure we’ve got all angles covered.”

“We want people to indulge their geekdom without fear of mockery. We want as many people to come along in cosplay, take part in the free events and enjoy spending time with people who love their comics and sci-fi.”

On 9 May fans will be able to browse comic books, visit memorabilia stands, play sci-fi computer games, watch comic and sci-fi films, listen to a selection of talks, join in with specialist debates and do lots more.

Fellow organiser Jessica Senior, who is 20 and from Rochdale, added: “This is a first for Preston but with the reaction we’ve had so far I can see it becoming a regular event. Local businesses have got involved and we’ve been told something like this is long overdue in the city. We can’t wait for it to take place now.”

Talk Nerdy To Me runs from 4.00pm to 9.00pm on 9 May so if you’re a comic-con aficionado or a sci-fi enthusiast then get yourself down to the Harris Library.