The geeks are back again!!!
Cyprus Comic Con is back again for its third year and it’s even bigger than ever. Tony Michaels is the PR & Communications Manager for the event and we managed to catch him for a few minutes to put some questions to him.
So Tony, thanks for stopping for a few minutes to chat with Cyprus.com – it really is rush, rush, rush for the event I see.
Can you update us about the past couple of years please?
This is our third year and we are trying improve year to year. The first year we were expecting a few hundred people to attend and over 3,000 people turned up. This gave us the confidence to do it again last year at a much bigger venue and towards the end of the day we had run out of the 8,000 wristbands for entry and people were still coming!
Tell us about the event this year.
This year, the Cyprus Comic Con is over two days, September 3rd and 4th and once again, will be at the Filoxenia Conference Centre. Furthermore, the event has been split into two days as to incorporate everything we can in the Cyprus Comic Con schedule to cover the broad categories of film, comics, anime/manga, video gaming, table top games, your favourite shops and of course Cosplay.
This year, Cyprus Comic Con aims to maintain the momentum and excitement of last years’ event by introducing even more activities, panels special guests and much, much more.
What are this years' major events?
Major event activities this year include: Cosplay Contest in collaboration with the EuroCosplay Contest where the winner will move on to the Eurocosplay Competition – this is REALLLY HUGE for the Cyprus POP culture community and Cyprus Comic Con. There will also be Gaming Tournaments, Tabletop Tournaments, an international and local shortfilm Festival competition (last year we had over 140 applicants), a PopGen Asia Section, Conferences and Talks by international artists as well as music related performances by acts like Shirobon that also include an after-party taking place on the evening of Saturday September 3rd.
Will we be able to see people in cosplay?
Very much so! Last year a lot of people came throughout the day dressed up as comic, fantasy, video game characters, super heroes, you name it! They were of all ages from young children to some more senior attendees.
This year Cyprus Comic Con will have Kairi, who is a former Eurocosplay Winner to guest judge at the Cyprus Comic Con Cosplay Competition!
I hear that you have some special guests attending.
Lots! Cyprus Comic Con will have international and local artists coming to the event and we here at Cyprus Comic Con are very happy to announce that headlining will be Mr. Julian Glover – international actor who played in blockbusters like Star Wars: Episode V and Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade along with his now infamous role in Game of Thrones. Let's elaborate:
Julian Glover has had an exceptionally rich and illustrious career in theatre, film and television. In the early 1950s he had his stage debut performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company, before becoming a regular on British television, appearing in popular series during the 60s and 70s, such as Doctor Who, The Avengers, Blake’s 7 and more.
His film bow was in 1963, as Lt. Matherton in the Oscar-winning film Tom Jones. In the 1980s, he made some of his most notable appearances on the big screen, including the role of Imperial General Maximilian Veers in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the ruthless villain Aristotle Kristatos in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only (1981), Brian Harcourt-Smith in The Fourth Protocol (1987), as well as the American Nazi Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He is also currently starring as Grand Maester Pycelle in the internationally popular series Game Of Thrones.
Cyprus Comic Con is honoured and very excited to have an actor of the calibre of Jason Glover attending this years’ event.
Moreover, Cyprus Comic Con is ecstatic to welcome internationally renowned comic book artists Stephen B. Scott, Lucas Pizzari, Manos Lagouvardos, Yiannis 'Rubus' Rubulias, Dani, Elias Kyriazis and Michalis Dialinas!
Let's not forget that George Georgiou will also be attending! He has had roles, in 300: Rise of an Empire, Game of Thrones, The Americans, Homeland and much more!
And more - Kairi, one of Europe's most acclaimed cosplayers. Gilbert Simon, winner of best cover art for the latest Asterix book and creator of character Mwet and last but not least 2J, Cyprus' most accomplished and famed YouTuber.
What does it cost to attend?
We here at Cyprus Comic Con have once again made it our purpose to keep the ticket prices as low as possible. A single day pass is €3 and a pass for both days is only €5. We also have something new for this year, a VIP PASS that includes a t-shirt as well as a limited edition silicone wristband, key ring and VIP lanyard. Most importantly you get queue-free early access at 09:00 on both days – one hour before the doors open to anyone else. This is something special and costs €40 and is limited to only 200.
Will there be food and refreshments?
Yes there will be. Various vendors will be offering food and drink throughout the day so that everyone can maintain their energy!
Thank you for all of that – it looks as though this will be a huge event and even more successful than last year!
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