Resistance is futile at Midlands Comic Con

It was almost like Telford International Centre had been taken over by some of sci-fi’s most notorious villains.

Stormtroopers patrolled around the main hall while Darth Vader and Darth Sidious prowled menacingly among the crowds.

If that wasn’t enough to set the hairs on end, members of the sinister Borg from the Star Trek series were also in the building.

The villains, also joined by some of the good guys such as the Ghostbusters, all appeared at the Midlands Comic Con on Saturday.

Thousands turned out for the chance to meet a number of big name actors, including Jeremy Bulloch, who played bounty hunter Boba Fett in Star Wars films The Empire Strikes Back and

Return of the Jedi and also played Captain Colton in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Mr Bulloch, who has also appeared in Doctor Who, Robin of Sherwood and James Bond, signed pictures and spoke to fans before giving a talk and taking questions.

There was also the chance to meet former S Club 7 star and now Primeval actor Hannah Spearitt. She appeared on stage with her co-star and real-life fiancee Andrew Lee Potts to talk about Primeval and what it’s like to act in a sci-fi show.

Also appearing at the convention was Eoin Macken, who was in the hit BBC show Merlin, which finished recently.

The Comic Con also had a huge range of stalls including Japanese sweets, samuari swords, toys and games. For the gamers, there was an insight into the world of voice actors with Alix

Wilton Regan, who has appeared in some of the biggest games including Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age II.

And while people travelled from across the country for the event, there was also a healthy turnout of local sci-fi enthusiasts.

David Parr, of Apley, in Telford, turned out dressed as one of Batman’s enemies the Penguin.

Jack Thompson, 21, of Stirchley, said the main reason he visited the event was because of the number of Manga stalls.

He said: “I think it’s better than last year. There are a lot more Manga stalls than last year and I’m really into that.

“I also managed to get a book signed by the author, Samsun Lobe, which was cool.”

Alex Roberts and Emma Clews, both from Shrewsbury, said they had tagged along with some friends and were more there for the gaming side of the event.

Mr Roberts said: “It’s more our friends who enjoy this sort of thing, we just came along to look at the people dressing up.”

Gavin and Stacey actor Steffan Rhodri had been due to appear to talk about his voice acting in Ni No Kuni but had to pull out because of filming commitments.