Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Well Fantasy Meeting You

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Well Fantasy Meeting You

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Byline: David Whetstone Culture Editor david.whetstone@ncjmedia.co.uk

THOUSANDS turned up over the weekend to the most fantastical fancydress party of them all - also known as the Newcastle Film & Comic Con. e second such event was a chance for fans of comics, science 'ction and fantasy to meet some of their heroes, gather autographs, shop at an array of stalls and compare costumes.

where the actors - stars of Yet again it was an event where the actors - stars of such popular favourites as Torchwood, Game of Trones, Doctor Who and Buy the Vampire Slayer - were upstaged by the fans.

were upstaged by the fans.

roughout Saturday and Sunday, the Metro Radio Arena was occupied by a milling throng of people who enjoy swapping their weekday identities for something a little more exciting.

Sixthformer Roberta Glover, 18, from Sunderland had made her own Gandalf costume and was surveying the colourful scene through the slit between the brim of her wizard's hat and the top of her rather bushy white beard. "I want to be an actor so I love dressing up and this is a really fun thing to do," she said.

"I've seen all the Lord of the Rings 'lm. Oh, they're so good!

"And why would I mind going around like this? I'm Gandalf. You get a real buzz when people want to take your picture."

oberta had a friend with her, 20yearolDania Khalil, also from underland, who was dressed as a character egacy, a 2010 American sci' 'lm proisney.

Roberta had a friend with her, 20yearold Dania Khalil, also from Sunderland, who was dressed as a character from Tron: Legacy, a 2010 American sci' 'lm produced by Walt Disney.

"I'm doing my own "I'm doing my own 'take' on the character," 'take' on the character," said Dania.

Actors from a host of lms and TV series had turned up to sign autographs or be interviewed in front of an audience.

James Cosmo, who appeared in Highlander, Braveheart, Trainspotting and - back in the 1980s - Stormy Monday, which was shot in Newcastle, was doing brisk business, signing autographs for people in extraordinary cosinterviewed in extraordinary costumes. …

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