Interview with Laura Nurse, Organiser of Exmouth ComicCon

Please give us some details about this new ComicCon.

ComicCon Exmouth is the first comic convention for Exmouth! A ComicCon by the beach! It’s special, because all the profits raised are being donated to the Sue Ryder charity.

It’s being held at the Exmouth Pavilion on August 26th 2016, which is just on the bank holiday weekend.

Tickets are available from the link, via our ‘book now’ button on the top of our Facebook page and you can also buy direct from the Exmouth Pavilion website, or even over the counter.

Tickets cost £5 per adult, £3 for 14 and under.

There will be a free goodie bag for the first 250 people through the door on the day.

Doors open at 10am until 7pm, although VIP pass holders can get in from 9am.

 

Where did you get the idea to run ComicCon Exmouth from? 

As a comic convention fan myself, I decided to host one on my own doorstep, as I normally have to travel to Birmingham or London.  Also I wanted to create a ‘local’ event for local artists to showcase their work.

 

What can you tell us about special guests and attractions that are planned for the event? 

We have a fabulous line up…perfect for the size of our event .

Jon Davey – known for his cyberman roles in Dr Who.

Marolyn Turk – known for her role as Beedo (one of Jabba’s bounty hunters in Star Wars).

Michael Henbury – best known as an ewok in Return of the Jedi and more recently as Gringott’s goblin in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Matthew Dale – for his role in the Dr Who ‘Sherwood’ episode.

We also have ‘alisworld’ (Alex Lowth) a very popular You Tuber, who will be putting on a display.

These are all great guests, who you will be able to pay for signings and photo shoots with them on the day or you can join them all in the Q&A session at 3pm.

Attractions – We have an amazing Transformers car, which will be out the front of the Pavilion, so everyone is welcome to come down and take a look or have your photo taken in the car. There will also be Instant Memories – green screen photography so all you lovelies coming in costume can be transported into your favourite scene and have your photo taken as a standard photo keyring and more.

We will also be running a cosplay competition with a fantastic first prize of £100! Joint second prizes both get exclusive comiccon cakes, which are being made and donated by The Cake Lady of Exmouth. There will be more runner up prizes on the day and full terms and conditions can be found on our Facebook page (here ) along with details on how to sign up.

And as if that’s not enough, a Sue Ryder raffle will be taking place and we have been donated a VERY SPECIAL and EXCLUSIVE first prize. Chad Hardin (an American DC comic artist known for his Harley Quinn) is sending several pieces of his artwork all the way from the USA! Many other goodies have been kindly donated by other companies for this event and it will be well worth entering the raffle.

Also WP Comics (a UK comic book producer) is displaying its wares and several artists will be there with signed copies of their work for sale.

 

We see that the proceeds from the event are being donated to the Sue Ryder charity. Can you tell us a bit about the charity and why you’ve chosen it? 

We are donating to Sue Ryder as I have been Store Manager of the Exmouth branch for around two years. It’s a fantastic charity, which seems to get a little forgotten. As many people don’t know who Lady Ryder was, what she achieved and what the charity does now. Amongst many other things, they provide end of life care and support through their hospices across the UK. A Sue Ryder information table will be at the event to help raise awareness of the charity.

 

Are you hoping for this to be an annual event?  If so, will it always be for Sue Ryder or will you change the charity each time? 

We would love this to become an annual event. Although this is very much a trial this year, all going well and with everyone’s support to make it a success we can continue to not only make it an annual event but also grow it.The ticket prices are an absolute bargain for a family day out on the bank holiday If we do return next year, there is every chance a different charity may be donated the profits.

 

Do you consider yourself to be ‘geeky’?  If so, do you have a favourite superhero or comic character?

Am I geeky? Hahahahah! I guess a little…I mean who isn’t? I think all of us have a secret love of a character or movie or graphic novels etc. I am still very new to it all really and I think as my brother and my boyfriend are both fans of one thing or another I’ve kind of got drawn in….

I can’t choose a favourite character, I love too many for different reasons but I grew up with Pokemon so that has a soft spot. I enjoy the more recent Marvel films that have been on our screens and last November loved watching Star Wars in 3D on the opening night (which I never thought I’d say, as Star Wars never used to appeal).

 

Can you give us a little known, interesting fact about you? 

Hmmmm the snowdrops tattoo on my ankle isn’t just ‘cause it’s a pretty flower. It’s because it’s the birth flower of January when my brother was born and I adore my brother to bits so it’s kind of for him. And the costume I am making for this event is my own anime character ‘Snowdrop’ based on this 🙂

 

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