Coming dressed up as your favourite character was strongly encouraged. Cosplayer, Hannah Abbot,31 (middle)

Nottingham Comic Convention returned to Nottingham following two years of cancellation due to Covid-19 regulations.

The event was hosted at its usual location at Nottingham Trent University in its Newton building on Saturday, October 30.

Covid-19 regulations on gatherings meant the event had to be postponed in 2020 and 2021, which was a major blow to the event as it continues its effort to establish itself amongst larger conventions such as the London and Birmingham Comic-Cons.

Cosplayer Hannah Abbot, 31, said: ” I really like being here because everyone is just so nice and willing to talk about things they absolutely love, which is great”.

A ‘cosplayer’ is the official term used to describe people who attend conventions like Nottingham Comic Convention whilst dressed up, with some being successful enough to be professional and create a career.

The convention boasted signings from nationally renowned comic book artists and stalls selling pop culture trinkets and art.

With fans being disappointed in previous years due to the convention being unable to adhere to the ‘rule of six’ Covid regulation, attendance was record breaking for the event with around 500 in attendance.

“There’s actually some pretty big names here”

Jason James, Creative Director

scarycaravan studios, a Nottingham based design and animation agency was also a guest at the event.

scarycaravan Founder and Creative Director, Jason James, said: ” We’re Nottingham based so this is the perfect place to show off who we are and also get involved with other artists.”

“If you’re into comics and art, there’s actually some pretty big names here, in the comic book world at least”.

The event took over two floors of the Newton building and was host to nationally renowned comic artist signings, stalls selling goods and a costume competition.

The lecture theatres were also used as venues for drop-in art classes, seminars from established artists and guest panels.

Additionally, a charity raffle was held with proceeds donated to Nottingham Comic-Con’s partner, Alzheimer’s Society.

Nottingham Comic Convention has plans to return next year, hoping to expand itself and become an annual must-attend event for fans of comics and media alike.