The Force was Strong in Portsmouth at the City’s First Comic Con

Last weekend saw Portsmouth celebrate its inaugural Comic Con at the Guildhall, with the University as one of the official partners organising events, hosting panels and exhibiting its cutting edge research in popular culture, robots and immersive technology. Staff and students from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries led discussion panels, introducing topics ranging from the history of British Comics to the cultural impact of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Lincoln Geraghty, Reader in Popular Media Cultures, who researches fandom and helped coordinate the panels said “this event was a great example of how the university and the city can work together to offer a collaborative space to celebrate the popular arts. Entertainment franchises like Star Wars and companies like Disney play significant roles in people’s lives and it is important to recognise the cultural impact they have on our city.” The success of the event ensures that Comic Con will return next year, no doubt bigger and better.

As a lead into the Comic Con weekend CCI also invited actor and author Jessica Martin to talk to students about her career and making their way in the comic book industry. And on May 4th (Star Wars Day) CCI hosted a symposium which saw experts and fans of the franchise gather together and interrogate its popular appeal. Again, students from the Film Industries and Media Studies courses helped organise the event which included a screening of the original 1977 film and a quiz.


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