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Darth Vader, Iron Man and even Bigfoot turned up to make the first Sheffield Film and Comic Convention a blockbuster success as thousands of fans met celebrity guests and browsed memorabilia stalls.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our exclusive reports plus chats with stars of the show

Showmasters event boss Jason Joiner, who revealed the Motorpoint was at capacity by noon on Saturday, was so thrilled he’s booked to bring the two day show back next summer on August 15 and 16.

He said: “Sheffield film and TV fans have shown they really wanted this. It’s the biggest venue in Sheffield. We can’t go bigger. But we are still getting to know the venue and what we can do here.”

They came face to face with the stars from TV, film and comics for autograph sessions, photo shoots, talks and fun activities, including comic workshops, with dozens of stalls selling memorabilia.

Many fans dressed as their screen favourites in amazing home made costumes. Barnsley artist Andy Barton, aged 32, made a big impact in a DIY Bigfoot costume he made in a week. Members of Rotherham costume group Novare Alliance arrived as a police SWAT team and one turned up as Darth Vader.

The original Darth Vader was also there, Star Wars legend Dave Prowse - one of many guest signers, He told The Star:”Darth Vader is the ultimate screen villain but the strange thing is, everybody loves him.”

Other guests included The A Team’s Face actor Dirk Bennedict, Doctor Who stars Paul McGann. and Sylvester McCoy, Buffy’s Anthony Head and more from Star Wars, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and many oth shows.

Game of Thrones contortionist Pixie Le Knot, real name Jennifer Keith, 26, revealed she’s from Rotherham, She said: “I’m so pleased to be part of Game of Thrones. The fan reaction has been amazing.”

Former Emmerdale star Frazer Hines, who played Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who assistant, Jamie McCrimmon, said he would like to return: “I’m in the Guinness Book of Records as Doctor Who’s longest running companion.”

Screen props on show including the Tardis, The A-Team van and Michael Knight’s KITT car from Knight Rider,

A £100,000 first edition of The Avengers comic also attracted crowds to a stand run by Sheffield based comic dealers World Of Superheroes. Boss Steve Eyre, who values, buys and sells comics, explained: “The special thing about this comic is it’s probably the highest quality Avengers number one in existence.”

For more visit the official web site at www.sheffieldfilmandcomiccon.com.

LISTEN TO OUR SHEFFIELD FILM AND COMIC CON 2014 CELEBRITY CHATS:

Star Wars legend, Darth Vader actor Dave Prowse, tells us what still amazes him about the fan reaction to the big screen’s greatest villain - CLICK HERE.

Former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy on why the Time Lord saga is one of the greatest stories of all time - CLICK HERE

Paul McGann tells us why he still loves the assoiation with his role as Doctor Who - CLICK HERE.

Ex-Emmerdale star Frazer Hines, Doctor Who’s longest serving companion, tells us he would love to return to the show - CLICK HERE.

Game of Thrones star Pixie Le Knot is actually contorsionist Jennifer Keith from Rotherham. Hear how she got the top TV series job - CLICK HERE.

* Did you go to the Sheffield Film and Comic Con 2014? Let us know what you thought about it - leave a comment below.

 

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