The University of Portsmouth will be showcasing its research in popular culture, robots and state-of-the-art technology at this year’s Portsmouth Comic Con, returning for the second time to Portsmouth Guildhall.

Falling on Star Wars Day (4 May), the event will celebrate the legendary film franchise as well as the 80th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman. The Guildhall will be bringing featured artists and guests from all over the world, including Marvel legends Roy Thomas and Steve Englehart.

Join the University team on the second and third floor at the Guildhall on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May for a celebration of the comic, film, TV and all things pop culture. Staff and students from the faculties of Creative and Cultural Industries, Technology, and Humanities and Social Sciences are collaborating on new interactive work that turn ideas into reality.

Explore Martian cityscapes and interact with humanoid robots; imagine the future inspired by the past and present as we take you from pixel to paper in our interactive drawing and digital sessions.

Visit ‘Science Fact’ and find out about the technology behind science fiction where you can meet robots, see 3D printers in action and take part in demonstrations of virtual reality technologies.

There will be a real time motion capture display led by Alex Counsell, from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, who will run a Virtual Reality LED live action combat Sabre competition.  Participants will be immersed in another world, where they must face a computer-controlled droid and deflect as many laser bolts as possible within a time limit.

Dr Louis Netter and Dr Olly Gruner will talk about history of the comic revealing their own collaborative comic called Steal This History and new projects in the pipeline. The discussion will include other compelling comics exploring history, in particular, March that is about the civil rights movement in the US. Dr Netter will also talk about his project that explores conspiracy theories and skewed renderings of historical events.

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