Members of Brooke Weston’s manga group had a fantastic day out at the Midlands Comic Con where they immersed themselves in the worlds of science fiction, anime, comics and video games. The annual convention always attracts a large and devoted following with many dressed as their favourite cult characters.
The show always features celebrities from the world of sci-fi, film and anime and this year two actors from the TV series Primeval and one from the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist were on hand to buoy up the celebrity quotient. The hall at International Centre in Telford was filled with authors, artists and writers and there was plenty of opportunity to buy themed merchandise and take part in video games.
15 students from Brooke Weston’s manga club went on the trip, which is an annual fixture in the library calendar. Jessica Dick said: ‘It was really awesome, I had a purple wig on and most of the Brooke Weston people were dressed up and wearing really cool stuff. I bought a new bag, posters and lots of sweets. It was pretty crowded and I got my picture taken with loads of people. I just loved all of it. It is a change to meet people who like the same stuff you like.I used to collect comics and I always like anime. It is also a games thing because people could play against each other in combat games and Dance Dance Revolution.’
Ethan Taitt added: 'I think it was amazing, lots of people there were dressed up as Stormtroopers, Batman and many more. It was also thrilling because it was my first time I went there but I still enjoyed it!'
Louisa Smith said: 'It was my first time going and I didn't really know what to expect but when I got there it was amazing there was so many people. I liked looking round all of the stalls and seeing what people had made and how cool it all looked.'
Librarian Ms Adams said: ‘It went really well, the students were excellently behaved and many of them dressed up as characters. There were a lot of manga artists and graphic novel artists at the convention. They also had Robot Wars there and Hattie Hayridge who played Hollie in Red Dwarf was there along with other well known actors from different disciplines. It is a long day but the students always love it.’