Gallery: Elsa, Jar Jar Binks and The Joker come to Ipswich for children’s comic convention

Kelly Alexander as The Joker and Paul Robert as Nights dress up during Titchy-Con in Ipswich's Butte

Kelly Alexander as The Joker and Paul Robert as Nights dress up during Titchy-Con in Ipswich's Buttermarket Shopping Centre on Saturday, 7 March. - Credit: Su Anderson

Life forms from galaxies far, far away came together under one roof this weekend at Ipswich’s first Titchy-Con

The comic convention, aimed at children, was held in two empty shops in the Buttermarket Shopping Centre yesterday.

The event also raised money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, with two specially designed peep-os where people could have their pictures taken and donate.

The convention attracted lots of big names, including Elsa, Jar Jar Binks, The Joker, Princess Leia and the formidable, Darth Vader.

Paul Robert, 31, won a Facebook competition which ran prior to event to name the convention’s future mascots, which were illustrated by Ian Pointer.


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The mascots will be a princess dressed in blue, which he called Sparkle, and a little boy donning items he found round his house, which he named Rusty.

Mr Roberts, who designed and made his own Nights ensemble, said: “I love all the costumes, I see it as art.

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“It’s just really good fun and it’s nice to get out and do something and meet other cosplayers.”

Youngsters were greeted with plenty of photo opportunities, with 43-year-old Fraser Dowle, aka Stormtrooper, on hand to strike a pose.

“I love seeing all the kids who are fans of Star Wars coming and asking for pictures,” he said.

“I think comic conventions will keep carrying on through the generations, they are such popular films.”

Also on the guest list was Chris Bunn - the original Stormtrooper. The plaster cast of the iconic black and white costume was modelled around him in 1977.

The event was organised by Emma Taylor, 32, who helped put on the town’s first Master-Con comic convention at the Town Hall last year.

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