Canning Town cosplay artist heads back home

PUBLISHED: 17:30 10 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:04 11 March 2015

Cosplay artist Tabitha Lyons will be at the ExCel this weekend (photo taken by Tascha Dearing art)

Cosplay artist Tabitha Lyons will be at the ExCel this weekend (photo taken by Tascha Dearing art)


A Cosplay enthusiast is heading home in disguise for the UK's biggest comic convention.

Tabitha Lyons will be making an appearance at this weekend’s London Super Comic Convention, dressed as comic book character Red Sonja.

The former Brampton Manor School student from Canning Town regularly attends events around the country dressed up as in her favourite comic characters.

But she’s particularly excited to be heading back to her home town for the two-day convention at London’s ExCeL.

“I lived in Newham until I was 15, we then moved to Middlesbrough but came back to Ilford a year later,” Tabitha, 27, explained.

“I now live in Norfolk and work with my stepdad making props for things including Cosplay, films, and theatre.”

Tabitha will be joining dozens of industry leading names at the fourth annual event.

Tabitha said she first got into Cosplay, a form of art which sees people dress up to represent a specific character, because of her dad’s business.

She said: “I started helping out from quite a young age and that is how my fascination with Cosplay came about.”

Tabitha’s dad, Nic Samiotis, started his business, Artyfakes, in 2007 and she joined him soon after. As prop and costume creators, they make movie grade props and LARP weapons - a form of role-playing game where participants act out their characters’ actions.

She added: “It got to a point where I spent quite a bit of my time helping with the props that I decided to make it full time. It’s great fun and I love what I do.”

London Super Comic Convention features two days of comic heaven.

Guests will have the chance to meet and greet their heroes and some of the biggest names in the industry.

Tabitha added: “I do Red Sonja mostly every year. and it is one of my favourite costumes, which is why I’m doing it again this year.

“She’s a really popular character so it’s fun playing her.”

Each year more than 20,000 comic fans attend the convention.

This year, top names including, Jonathon Ross, John Romita, Jr, co-creator of Kick Ass and Batman and Superman cartoonist Neal Adams will be heading to London for the fourth annual event.

Visitors will have the chance of an exclusive first look at the new Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor mini series, which will premiere at the event.

A charity art auction, held in aid of the American Cancer Society and hosted by comedian and TV auctioneer Sean Kelly, will also take place.

Ticket prices start from £18.50.Visit for more information

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