Doctor Who, Star Wars and Comic Con: CCI celebrates a week of pop culture

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries are hosting and taking part in a number of pop culture events next week, including a guest speaker from the TV and comic book industry, a Star Wars Symposium and a huge presence at Portsmouth Comic Con.

Guest Speaker: Jessica Martin – Thursday 3 May

Time: 1pm-3pm

Venue: Park 1.09

Jessica Martin is an English actress, singer and impressionist and is coming to the University to talk about her career and experiences in the TV and comic book industry. Jessica has starred in Doctor Who and its spin-offs and also provided the voice for a character in the 2007 Christmas special episode, starring David Tennant. Jessica has now expanded her skills to writing and illustrating comics with her main focus on the ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’ and stories led by a strong heroine.

Studying the Force: A Star Wars Symposium – Friday 4 May

Time: 9.30am-6.00pm

Venue: Eldon West 1.10 & 1.11

May the fourth be with you at this event, organised by CCI lecturer and Reader in Popular Media Cultures, Lincoln Geraghty. Taking place on ‘Star Wars day’, the symposium will involve guest speakers, who will discuss and debate why the franchise has been successful and its impact on popular culture, a ‘mystery’ screening and a themed quiz with prizes.

Staff and students are welcome at this event which will get them to think critically about the franchise and offers something a bit different as exam season looms.

A schedule of activities and booking link can be found on CCI’s website.

Portsmouth Comic Con – Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 May

Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall

The University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries and Faculty of Technology are involved in Portsmouth’s first ever Comic Con.

The event will bring together the best of comics, film, TV and pop culture entertainment. Panels are being hosted by a number of colleagues from CCI and you will be able to engage in thrilling live action LED Sabre combat, which combines real time Motion Capture and Virtual Reality.

You can also meet a variety of robots, gadgets and even fly through the Universe back in VR using real galaxy data generated by the team in the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation.

Also featured at Comic Con will be a ‘hover bike’ specially made for a VR game that sends you flying through an infested forest, a Media Hub led by students, and an interactive recruitment stand so guests can find out more that the University has to offer.

Read more about Portsmouth’s first ever Comic Con.

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