Don’t be surprised if you bump into the Doctor or Batman this weekend, as thousands of sci-fi fans descend on Cardiff for Comic Con – many in costume.
The convention, which celebrates cult television, films and comics, is being held in Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena for the second year in a row.
Organisers are hoping the host of big-name stars from small and big screen will draw a big crowd including Lord of the Rings actor John Rhys Davies and Star Trek legend David Warner.
The Welsh capital will also welcome back a host of Doctor Who stars, including former time lord Paul McGann, Bernard Cribbins and Torchwood actress Eve Myles.
Last year’s event attracted up to 15,000 people.
Kyle Davies, 34, from Ammanford, is back after attending last year. He said: “I was surprised by the number of people queuing, the biggest queue I have ever seen outside the Motorpoint Arena.”
Comic Con is famous for its passionate fans, many of whom dress up for the convention.
“My favourite costume last year was a gentleman dressed as a Ghostbuster with a very authentic proton pack and suit who was happy to pose for pictures,” he said.
Doctor Who fan Amy Harris, 20, is coming from Devon for the weekend. “This is the sixth convention I’m going to. I have been to Cardiff three times and it’s my favourite place in the world,” she said.
“I will be wearing my Doctor Who wristband to show my love for the show.”
Shannon Wicks, 19, who is travelling from Carmarthen, thinks the draw of Comic Con is its inclusivity.
“I like Comic Con because weirdos with similar interests can come together.”