Gallery: Ipswich’s first comic book convention – Ipswich Master-Con – hailed as ‘huge success’ after superheroes and villains pack out Town Hall

Costumed comic book fans dress up as their favourite characters at the Ipswich Master-Con at Ipswich

Costumed comic book fans dress up as their favourite characters at the Ipswich Master-Con at Ipswich Town Hall on Saturday, 29 November. - Credit: Su Anderson

From Captain America and Superman to Predator and The Joker, the first-ever comic book convention in Ipswich attracted hundreds of superheroes and evil villains.

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More than 1,200 comic book fans packed out the Town Hall on Saturday as the Ipswich Master-Con was praised as a roaring success.

There were 700 people through the door within the first hour after around 200 dressed-up fans had formed one of the most unusual-looking queues in Cornhill history earlier in the morning.

This illustrated the recent resurgence of interest in comic books and superhero-based entertainment and justified holding the event, according to Emma Hunter, who helped organise the convention with her brother Lee Hunter.

She said: “It was absolutely fantastic and exceeded my expectations. It was a huge success.”

The 37-year-old, of Ipswich, starting planning the event in June with her brother after they felt comic book fans in the area deserved an event to share their passions.

Collectable action figures, vintage comic books and other merchandise were on sale at dozens of stalls while costume competitions for adults and children were held on the main stage.

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Captain America, whose true identity was Kirk Spall, 50, of Halesworth, said he was “really impressed” with the turn-out.

He said: “I got my costume about five years ago. I don’t get to wear it every day!

“It’s just been great to see so many people get in the spirit of it. I’ve been into comic books for 40 years and there’s always been social snobbery towards comics. But it is still popular, and its longevity has proved that.”

Craig Wardley was selling vintage comic books at a stall in aid of Oxfam.

He said: “People who collect comic books have always been labelled as nerds (but) there is more social acceptance because of films like Iron Man and Hulk.”