Take us to Dev Con 1 - sci fi fans gather at Plymouth convention
SEVERAL hundred Sci-Fi fans – some in outlandish garb – packed out the city’s newest convention.
The Plymouth Sci-Fi Convention – dubbed Dev-Con 1 – was the brainchild of Julian Shelford, owner of Plymouth comic shop Final Frontier, but even he did not expect the fantastic turn-out at the Guildhall on Saturday.
He said: “We’ve been extremely lucky and fortunate with the result. We’ve been planning it for around five months and the night before the convention I was panicking, not sure of how many stall holders and people would turn up, but it was great.
“We’ve had people come from across the south west, young and old, male and female.
“Next year I want to do a two day event, get the local cinemas involved and the nightclubs.
“There’s no reason why we can’t have something even bigger next year.”
Fans turned out in a host of colourful and wild outfits, including film legends Chewbacca and Princess Leia from Star Wars, Frodo Baggins and Predator, comicbook characters Iron Man, Deadpool, Batman, Wonder Woman and Poison Ivy, as well as video game characters.
Plymouth illustrator and cartoonist Stuart McGhee was one of many stall holders showing off his wares and enjoying the atmosphere.
He said: “Something like this benefits the geek community – we need an outlet like this in the city. Five years ago you couldn’t find much in Plymouth, now we have two comic shops and a convention.”
Stuart, who attended Plymouth College of Art and has illustrated two popular children’s books “Which Witch is Which?” and “The Great Reef Race”, has attended other conventions and hoped to see Dev-Con become a regular fixture in Plymouth.
He said: “It’s good to have something like this here, otherwise you have to travel to places like Bristol or Birmingham.”
David Hooper a writer and illustrator from Falmouth said he sold out his entire stock of comics at the convention.
His “Fedora Comics” focused on gritty crime-noir tales and he said he’d had a busy day.
“This is certainly one of the best ways to get to know people who are interested in your work, but also the best way for writers and artists to meet. It’s a great way for people to network, share knowledge and meet.”
Along regional writers and artists, there were star signings including Star Wars guest Paul Blake, and comic artists Dom Reardon, Jock and Lee O’Connor.
Stall-holders sold a range of goods, from comics, props and jewellery, to die-cast models, memorabilia and artwork.