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Join us at Comic Con 2019 – sATURDAY 4 TO sUNDAY 5 mAY

We’re bringing virtual reality sabre battles, humanoid robots, gothic role-playing and much more to this year’s event

Comic Con is Portsmouth’s annual celebration of comic books and pop culture

As well as retro gaming, cosplay competitions and trading with other comic book collectors, Comic Con is bringing featured artists, writers, and star guests to the Guildhall from all over the world, including Marvel comic book legends Roy Thomas and Steve Englehart.

Find out more about Portsmouth Comic Con and book your tickets now.

Come to Comic Con to discover our work in subjects that are shaping the future, such as virtual reality, robotics, computing, storytelling and design.

On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May – the weekend of Star Wars Day – you’ll find us on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Portsmouth Guildhall. 

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Join us at Comic Con to:

  • Compete in a virtual reality LED Sabre battle competition – you’ll be immersed in another world, face a computer-controlled droid firing laser bolts at you, and compete against other players to stop as many bolts as possible.

  • Explore what human settlements might look like on the Moon and Mars, as part of ‘Beyond the Earth: Moon and Mars’, a project based in our School of Architecture, which is bridging the gap between science and fiction by investigating how to build an Earth-based ecology in hostile environments.

  • Discover the technology behind science fiction, programme a robot to mimic your movements, build your own app, see 3D printers in action and take part in demonstrations of virtual reality technologies.

  • Draw your own comic character, explore comic techniques and concepts, and learn about narratives in comics at workshops – suitable for children aged 7 and up – led by Dr Louis Netter and his Illustration students.

  • Join Dr Karl Bell of Portsmouth DarkFest for an immersive role-playing experience informed by our new course in Victorian Gothic: History, Literature and Culture – take a closer look at our the Supernatural Cities project and a new app called Portsmyth, a gamified, mythic, supernatural re-imagining of Portsmouth.

  • Attend expert panel discussions on topics including Alan Moore’s Watchmen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Star Wars (‘The Power of the the Force’) and Batman (‘What really makes the Dark Knight tick’)

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