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New Inverness comic-con celebrates early sell-out

By Kyle Walker


EAGER Highland pop-culture fanatics have helped make the first comicconvention to grace Inverness in five years a force to be reckoned with –with tickets selling out five months in advance.

NessCon, set for Eden Court on July 8-9, is the first convention of itskind to hit the city since Hi-Ex, which last opened its doors in 2012.

And Darrel-John Paterson, director of organisers Highland Heart Events,can’t believe how successful it’s been.

“It feels very surreal that tickets sold out five months ahead of usopening the doors!” he said.

“I am so honoured and the team are too – when we sat down last summer wethought it would be a small get together with a few people. We neveranticipated it to be this successful.

“Highland Heart Events is something that I started as a hobby, andNessCon will be our staple event for many years to come. It’s differentfor Inverness and we need more different.

“The power that the superhero phenomenon is having is huge and we wantInverness to embrace it. Marvel has announced scenes are being shot inthe Highlands for an upcoming project, so events like NessCon can onlybe a good thing for the area.”

So far, confirmed guests for the event include original green PowerRanger Jason David Frank; Josh Herdman, who played Gregory Goyle in theHarry Potter films; and Kai Owen, star of BBC sci-fi drama (and DoctorWho spinoff) Torchwood.

Karen Gillan joins Nairn resident Tilda Swinton as one of Edinburgh International Film Festival's honorary patrons.
Karen Gillan joins Nairn resident Tilda Swinton as one of Edinburgh International Film Festival's honorary patrons.

There’s little doubt however as to whom their dream booking for theconvention would be – hometown hero Karen Gillan. “We’d love all ofInverness’s support to help us with our Twitter campaign to get Karenhome for NessCon!” Darrel-John said.

“So far we have been unable to reach her, and we understand that she isa very busy lady!

“But wouldn’t it be great to get our girl home to celebrate her successin the Doctor Who and Marvel Franchise?”

The event will also feature exhibitors both national and local, withDingwall’s Heroes Haunt and Ellerium Games in Inverness both set to takepart.

NessCon will take place at Eden Court on July 8-9. While the event iscurrently sold out, there is a waiting list available in case moretickets become available – www.highlandheartevents.co.uk/tickets

To get involved with the #ComeHomeKaren Twitter campaign, search@Invcomiccon

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