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Pictures: Heroes and villains turn out at Newham’s ExCel for London comic convention

Adam Leishman, left, and Matthew Martin on costume  in the London Super Comic Convention at the ExCeL Adam Leishman, left, and Matthew Martin on costume in the London Super Comic Convention at the ExCeL

Monday, March 17, 2014
1:41 PM

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s someone dressed up as Superman.

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Writer Jonathaon Ross in the London Super Comic Con at the ExCeL LondonWriter Jonathaon Ross in the London Super Comic Con at the ExCeL London

The London Super Comic Convention saw hundreds of comic book fans turn out on the weekend, many costumed as their favourite heroes — or villains — having spent months preparing their look.

The event, held at Newham’s ExCel centre, included an appearance from television talk-show host Jonathan Ross who was on hand to sign copies of his latest comic mini-series with artist Ian Churchill, Revenge.

Cosplay (short for costume play) group owner Adam Leishman, who was dressed head-to-toe as notorious lawman Judge Dredd, said: “It’s a chance to put on your favourite costume and just walk around and see the faces of kids and adults.

“I remember reading 2000AD when it first came out — I must have been about 12 or 13. When Judge Dredd was introduced he was instantly one of my favourite characters.”

Graham Ford dressed as Captain AmericaGraham Ford dressed as Captain America

He added it had taken him a year to make his costume, which cost just under £1,000, and that his group, Iconic Legion, had raised £25,000 for charities including Dogs Trust since its creation more than two years ago.

Graham Ford, dressed as comic-book strip favourite Captain America, said his favourite part of dressing up was having fun.

“It’s just fun, having a laugh and seeing the other guys dressed up,” he said.

• Click on the link below to see a gallery of pictures from the convention

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