Preston Comic-Con 2015

Welcome to the Killer Kitsch Preston Comic-Con 2015 blog from Saturday 1st August 2015. I rolled up at lunchtime and still found a sizeable queue for the second Comic-Con held at the Guild Hall in Preston. Stalls-a-plenty, guests & talks, a prop display area, cosplay, artists alley, writers, crafter’s and cakes. Spent a few hours wandering, chatting, taking photos/video and generally making a nuisance of myself.

Full image gallery including more cosplay, stalls and merchandise via my Flickr album and YouTube video.

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Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Suicide Squad

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Cosplay Gang
Nikkie Saxon-Bate as Harley Quinn.

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Clark Kent / Superman

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Poison Ivy & Spider-Man

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Spider-Man

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Wolverine and Daenerys Targaryen

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - George R.R. Martin

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Mortal Kombat vs Daredevil

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Kingdom Hearts

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - The Undertaker

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Dragon Age

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Professor McGonagall and Hermione Granger
Mandy Dunbar as Professor McGonagall

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Judge Dredd Hondo City Judge

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Briareos from Appleseed
KP Lim as Briareos from Appleseed.

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Star Wars Jedi

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Star Wars Rebel Pilot

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Star Wars Sith

Preston Comic-Con 2015 - Star Wars Darth Vader & Stormtrooper

Preston Comic-Con 2015

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Fabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist

Fabric stickers and magnets made from cotton twill and poly/cotton blends by Alysha Crist. Working from home, and selling at local craft markets, Alysha has now launch her first Etsy store with these cool hand-made designs featuring Marvel and DC Comics Superheroes & Villains, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Super Mario Bros, Star Wars and Doctor Who. Check out her ETSY STORE HERE

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Fabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - Marvel Superheroes & VillainsFabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - DC Comics Superheroes
Fabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesFabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - Super Mario Bros.
Fabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - Kirby, Legend of Zelda, Doctor Who TARDISFabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - PokemonFabric Pop Culture by Alysha Crist - Pokemon

Marvel Zavvi ZBOX May 2015 = Marvellous!

Just received the May Marvel Comics themed Zavvi ZBOX (don’t click that link yet!), it’s a mixed bunch of fun things lovingly picked out for you and sent directly to your doorstep for only £19.99. Does this represent good value for money? Let’s find out….

The box arrived late afternoon, well packaged in a mailer bag that was tough and sturdy (requiring scissors). It was at this point I whipped out my camera and filmed an Unboxing video which can be found HERE on YouTube . Upon opening I was greeted by the mighty Captain Iron Pool and a smorgasbord of delights (see below), then I made my video and the items ended up magically displayed like this……

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Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015

Contents rundown:

  • Marvel Funko Pop! I got Black Widow which is good considering the general lack of female toys doing the rounds at the moment. She looks great and wobbles nicely (steady on boys).
  • NECA Scalers Silver Spider-Man that seems to have taken up pole dancing as a new profession. Attach the little fella to headphones or another cable and you’re guaranteed to look like a swinger.
  • Topps Avengers Hero Attax tin and unpunched cards (see unboxing video for my terrible pronunciation problems). I’ve never played this game but the cards and tin are very nice.
  • The History ChannelStan Lee’s Superhumans Season One DVD set. Five and a half hours of super human documentary goodness.
  • Marvel Secret Wars 001 ZBOX exclusive variant cover. The multiverse is dying. Only two universes remain. Today, Earths collide.
  • June Issue 232 of Total Film featuring the Incredible Hulk on the cover. Movies, comics, games, TV and more in a slick looking glossy magazine plus a special subscription offer if you’re feeling that way inclined.
  • Marvel Comics temporary tattoos, which I might take to a party tomorrow night and see what happens after a few beers.
  • Spider-Man candy sticks, edible white things with a fun little sticker inside.
  • The ZBOX Marvellous magazine.

An all together impressive array of all things Marvel Comics for a reasonable price. Next month sees Cops as the theme and we’re already promised a Judge Dredd item, which it all rather exciting. You can place your order for the next Zavvi ZBOX here and watch my YouTube Unboxing Video here.

Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 NECA SpiderMan Scalers Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 Topps Avengers Hero Attax

Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 Funko Pop! Black WidowMarvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015

Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 Stan Lee's Superhumans DVDMarvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015

Marvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 Secret Wars 001 Variant CoverMarvel Comics Zavvi ZBOX, May 2015 Total Film Incredible Hulk

Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party at the Beach House Bistro & Bar

Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Star Wars Stormtroopers by Blackpool Tower

A glorious night was had by all at the official launch party for the Blackpool Comic-Con held at the Beach House Bistro & Bar on Blackpool promenade. The 99th Garrison was out in full ‘Force’ with Darth Vader leading a crack squadron of Storm Troopers, Boba Fett was hunting for a bounty (bar), Jawa’s searching for droids and Indiana Jones was on the look-out for the Lost Ark (last seen at Blackpool Pleasure Beach). Spider-Man turned up traditionally late (he had been out swinging) and headed straight for the pizza, he’s a New York(er) kind of guy.

Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Star Wars Darth Vader by Blackpool Tower

Live music from the MonaLisa Twins and very tasty food followed a champagne reception along a Sci-Fi studded catwalk. The Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Val Haynes, was in full swing and mingled with the oddball cast of characters, event organisers Paddy O’Hare and Luke Williams, local press and a few surprise guests including actor and stuntman Spencer Wilding (Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones) and Little Mark from Pawn Stars UK.

The weather was glorious and did Blackpool proud, the sunset looked spectacular. A party of ladies had pre-booked a huge table for the evening not knowing what was about to happen, not too sure what they made of tonight’s proceedings but the rest of the night went off with a bang. Bumped into Geek Pride who, after a few pints, would appear to have some impressive looking equipment. Can’t wait for the full event coming up this September 12th at the Blackpool Winter Gardens.

You can find Blackpool Comic-Con via their Website, Facebook and Twitter. The amazing guest line-up so far includes Julian Glover, James Cosmo, Jake Lloyd, Derek Lyons, Alan Ruscoe, Shane Rimmer, Verne Troyer, Nancy Allen, Al Snow, cosplay artists, movie cars and Titan The Robot.

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Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Star Wars Stormtrooper and Boba Fett by Blackpool Tower
Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Star Wars Stormtrooper by Blackpool Tower
Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Star Wars Stormtroopers at the Beach House Bistro & Bar
Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Star Wars Stormtroopers giving an Imperial welcome to the Mayoress of Blackpool
Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Star Wars Stormtroopers and Jawas
Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Star Wars StormtrooperBlackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Star Wars Jawa

Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Indiana Jones
Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - The Star Wars Empire
Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Star Wars Stormtroopers on Blackpool Seafront
Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party organisers living it large.
Blackpool Comic-Con Launch Party - Killer Kitsch and Spider-Man

Superhero and Star Wars canvas originals by Chris Cleveland Studios

Fancy owning your own piece of limited edition Boba Fett, Batman or Deadpool artwork without having to remortgage your home? 

Now you can, these original limited edition artworks are are not prints, each piece is spray painted and finished off with hand painted acrylic details and colors.  The cost of these great looking and colourful slices of pop culture start from only $30. Get on it! Orders, preorders and requests via the Chris Cleveland Studios website and the artists Facebook page.

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Batman canvas by Chris Cleveland Studios
Superman canvas by Chris Cleveland Studios
Spiderman canvas by Chris Cleveland Studios
Captain America canvas by Chris Cleveland Studios
Deadpool canvas by Chris Cleveland Studios
Boba Fett canvas by Chris Cleveland Studios

Superhero Kids by Alberto Varanda

French artist Alberto Varanda has a wonderful series of Superheroes and Villains depicted as children ‘Little Heroes World’. That kitty cat in Catkids grasp looks appalled. Loads more on the artists website.


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Iron MaSH! Iron Man Mashed with Pop Culture Icons by Kode Logic

Digital artist Kode Logic creates what if? scenarios by mashing Iron Man with other pop culture icons like Predator, Batman, Green Arrow and Spiderman. You can find a full gallery via Kode Logic’s Behance profile.

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Iron MaSH! by Kode Logic - Iron Man / Predator
Iron MaSH! by Kode Logic - Iron Man / Frozen Elsa
Iron MaSH! by Kode Logic - Iron Man / SpiderMan
Iron MaSH! by Kode Logic - Iron Man / Green Arrow
Iron MaSH! by Kode Logic - Iron Man / Batman