Sexy TV actresses Katrina Law, Hynden Welch and Jessie Wallace took Belfast by storm as they arrived in town for the 2nd MCM Belfast Comic Con convention.
And the belfastvibe team were out in force. Tina Calder, Ciaran McElhinney, Eoin Loughlin, Bridgene Nolan and Connor Murphy tracked down the stars and cosplay fans.
Taking place today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) last year the expo seen 16,396 fans descend on the King’s Hall and organisers say they reckon this years numbers are already set to break that record.
Actress Hynden, best known as the voice of Princess Bubblegum in cult animation show Adventure Time joined Katrina, who plays Nyssa al Ghul in hit superhero series The Arrow to sign autographs and take part in a series of talks.
Brunette beauty Katrina will be most recognisable as the skilled archer Nyssa, daughter of infamous League of Assassins leader Ra’s al Ghul in Arrow.
Katrina told fans: “It was a really long flight here yesterday but thankfully Guinness fixed everything – who knew.”
MCM Comic Con is the UK’s biggest modern pop culture event which came to Belfast for the first time last year welcoming stars such as Red Dwarf actors Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn and Hattie Hayridge – aka Rimmer, Kryten and Holly the Ship’s Computer.
As well as sexy stars Hynden and Katrina this year comic book fans, gamers and science fiction fanatics were given the chance to meet Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules.
Having appeared in all ten series of the much-loved sci-fi sitcom, Danny was a popular attendee for his portrayal of the super-stylish Cat – as well as his geeky alter ego Duane Dibbley.
During the show Danny confirmed rumours that Red Dwarf is set to return for two more seasons.
He said: “Yes, it’s public now. We will be back on screen in 2016 and 2017.”
Other actors who appeared at the event yesterday included EastEnders power couple Shane Richie (Alfie) and Jessie Wallace (Kat) who signed autographs alongside Australian star John Noble and Primeval actor Andrew Lee Potts.
John Noble, shot to fame in cult culture for his portrayal as Henry Parrish in Sleepy Hollow, Dr Walter Bishop in Fringe and as Denethor in Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The Kin.
Andrew is best known for his role as the quirky Connor Temple on five seasons of hit sci-fi show Primeval, a role he reprised in spin-off series Primeval: New World.
The BBC smash hit show Robot Wars brought their live robot battles with full commentary following the robots “fight to death”.
MCM run 30 similar events worldwide and have a reputation for attracting the leading commercial gaming, comic book and film companies to their events.
Yesterday (Saturday) ended with the popular Cosplay Masquerade competition in which attendees will have spent months making and sourcing their costumes.
WHAT THE FANS SAID
Lewis Forsythe (dresses as Link from Zelda) said: “cosplay is the only reason I came, I love it.”
Sasha Scott the queen of hearts said: “last year was so good I came back.”
Kenny who came as Future Trunks from the manga and anime classic Dragonball Z seemed scorned as he moaned: “they took my sword at the front door. My outfit is incomplete.”
Kathryn Stafford definitely outdid herself in the costume dept creating a fantastic Harley Quinn costume complete with novelty oversized mallet. Kathryn’s highlight of the day was “meeting likeminded people and just getting to be a weirdo for a while.
Although there were many renditions of the various incarnations of Dr Who; it was Edward McKenzie rendition of Tom Baker complete with 12″ scarf and sonic screwdriver who said: ‘The atmosphere is what it’s all about.”