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Comic Con showcase for University talent

'Cosplay' Joker (aka CCI Promotions Manager, Denise Callender)

Catwoman visits the University of Portsmouth stand.

Staff and students joined thousands of people at the UK’s biggest festival of popular culture in London at the weekend. Comic Con is a huge celebration of film, television, computer games, comics, animation and gadgets etc and is an opportunity for fans of all genres to come together and mingle with industry professionals.

Superheroes and comic-book characters were joined by students and staff from the University’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) to promote its courses and to raise awareness of the University’s emerging talent. The event attracts a young demographic and Portsmouth was one of only a handful of universities to attend, making it a perfect opportunity to show-case the quality of courses and the opportunities on offer to students.

Peta Tattersall, CCI Faculty Registrar, who attended the event, said: “We had a hugely positive response to our attendance, with a lot of people expressing their surprise and delight at seeing us there!

“Comic con is an ideal opportunity to show how Portsmouth students graduate with the professional skills demanded by the cultural industries. Our lecturers come from the film, television and gaming industries, have a passion for their subject andteach using professional equipment and facilities; quite simply, it’s a winning combination.”

Steve Jones, Business Associate and Silver Sabres Academy teaching kids how to be Jedis!

Business Associate Steve Jones, right, watches a light sabre demonstration.

Students and lecturers from Computer Games, Animation, Film Production and Film Industries, spent hours talking to hundreds of attendees and demonstrating some of their work. Award-winning student start-up company, Square Mountain, demonstrated their computer game ‘No Trace,’ while the team behind a student-led feature length-animation, Stina and the Wolf, explained how it was produced as part of their course using advanced motion capture facilities.

There was plenty of time networking and building on industry contacts plus an opportunity to re-connect with several university alumni including an alumnus of the Film Industries course, now working at Sony.

Peta said: “Meeting alumni who have not long graduated and who are already successful in their field is hugely inspirational for our students and spurs them on to their own future success.”

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