It’s an event in Sheffield where you’ll find Darth Vader, horror hero Freddy Krueger, Power Rangers, Sonic the Hedgehog and the famous DeLorean DMC-12 car from hit film Back to the Future all under one roof.
Thousands flocked from far and wide to the Sheffield Film and Comic Convention this weekend donning impressive costumes and paying homage to their film, TV and video game icons.
Many in ‘normal’ clothes looked extremely odd as six-foot burly blokes strutted around the Motorpoint Arena floor in full lycra which featured Batman and Spider-Man and the spitting image of Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Hollywood names stole the show as hundreds lined up to get pictures with Nightmare on Elm Street cult star Freddy Krueger, played by Robert Englund.
The horror icon posed for many selfies with excited fans with his trademark razor claws.
For Star Wars fans, it didn’t get much bigger Dave Prowse, more commonly known to most as the actor who played Darth Vader between 1977-1983.
The ‘dark side’ master was very happy to sign every scrap of paper put in front of him by adoring fans.
It was a debut comic con for Simon Barker, aged 30, of Pagenall Drive, Swallownest near Sheffield, dressed as a character from video game series Final Fantasy.
He said: “It’s incredible here we’ve got to see some incredible cosplay and characters that you might not know much about.
“There is such a range I was just expecting a load of people walking around in Marvel gear but it’s not.”
Simon’s girlfriend Emma, 26, of Sunnybank Crescent in Brinsworth, Rotherham said: “It’s wonderful at how much effort people put in to their outfits it’s amazing.
“We’ve both come dressed up but we didn’t expect such a high quality and quantity of people.”
Student Thomas Lawson, 20, of Cinder Hill Lane, Grenoside was also enjoying the convention.
He said: “The highlight for me is meeting people with such a huge shared interest for comics video games and films it’s amazing to see.”
Adam Allcroft, 20, of The Common, Ecclesfield said: “Robert Englund is such a showman and seeing him as a proper horror legend is awesome and I’ll be coming back next year if I’m off work.”