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article imageReview: London Film and Comic Con showcases actors and memorabilia Special

By Tim Sandle     Jul 31, 2016 in Entertainment
London - The fourteenth London Film and Comic Con packed out London's Olympia with top stars, new movie items, classic comic artists, cult memorabilia, panels and hotly pursued merchandise.
The London Film and Comic Con is a convention held annually. The three-day event focuses on films, cult television, gaming, anime and comics. This year's convention took place over July 28 to 30, and Digital Journal was mingling among the fans.
A group of convention visitors in costume assess the latest in comic art and graphic novels at the 2...
A group of convention visitors in costume assess the latest in comic art and graphic novels at the 2016 London Film and Comic Con.
Cosplay is popular at these types of events, and this year was no exception.
A cosplayer at the London Film and Comic Con  attired as Captain Jack Sparrow.
A cosplayer at the London Film and Comic Con, attired as Captain Jack Sparrow.
Cosplay is derived from the words "costume" and "play". It is a little more than simply dressing up as a character, for it is often tied with reenactments where cosplayers get into a specific character role.
Clear a path for Deadpool...a cosplayer at London Film and Comic Con.
Clear a path for Deadpool...a cosplayer at London Film and Comic Con.
Cosplayers preparing to go into the London Film and Comic Con 2016.
Cosplayers preparing to go into the London Film and Comic Con 2016.
The Olympia venue was packed full of stalls selling merchandise from popular shows and replicas.
One of the more colorful exhibitor stands at the 2016 London Film and Comic Con.
One of the more colorful exhibitor stands at the 2016 London Film and Comic Con.
A stand selling a mix of film related items and replica swords  at the 2106 London Film and Comic Co...
A stand selling a mix of film related items and replica swords, at the 2106 London Film and Comic Con.
As well as visiting stands, the various guests take part in autograph signings, photo shoots and panel discussions.
Fans waiting in line for the autographs of the sixty different actors present at the July 2016 Londo...
Fans waiting in line for the autographs of the sixty different actors present at the July 2016 London Film and Comic Con.
Two of the most popular, judging by the lines of people waiting, were Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV & Expendables), and Jeremy Renner (Avengers & Mission Impossible). Also popular was Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who & Gotham), and she came across as charming with the few words that Digital Journal exchanged with the Scottish actor.
Michelle Gomez signed a photo for Digital Journal  at London Film and Comic Con.
Michelle Gomez signed a photo for Digital Journal, at London Film and Comic Con.
Also warm, and generous with this time, was Aaron Stanford (X-Men & Twelve Monkeys). Asked by Digital Journal about the Twelve Monkeys television series, Stanford said he "was really pleased with it", adding "it's a tough show to make but it keeps on getting better and better."
Aaron Stanford  stars as James Cole on the television series 12 Monkeys  based on the 1995 film of t...
Aaron Stanford stars as James Cole on the television series 12 Monkeys, based on the 1995 film of the same name.
Of other actors present (or 'guests' as the organizers call them), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale & Dr Strange) also came across as genuinely pleased to meet people. "Watch out for Dr Strange!" he teasingly told a couple of fans, "it's going to be blow your mind."
Mads Mikkelsen is one of Denmark s biggest movie actors.
Mads Mikkelsen is one of Denmark's biggest movie actors.
Other actors present included Laurie Holden (Walking Dead & The X-Files):
Actor Laurie Holden  who appeared in  The Walking Dead.
Actor Laurie Holden, who appeared in 'The Walking Dead.'
And Jack Gleeson (Game of Thrones):
Jack Gleesonbest known for his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO television series Game of T...
Jack Gleesonbest known for his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO television series Game of Thrones.
Of the panels, Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner & Batman) was in entertaining form, which Digital Journal has reviewed in a separate feature.
Rutger Hauer at London Film and Comic Con.
Rutger Hauer at London Film and Comic Con.
Among the items of movie memorabilia was the the 1989 Batmobile, which drew a large crowd. The fictional vehicle has an acceleration of 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and could reach a maximum Speed: 530 kilometer per hour, with the help of a jet booster.
The 1989 movie Batmobile.
The 1989 movie Batmobile.
A battle-ready armored version of the caped crusader's favorite method of getting out-and-about in Gotham was also on display. The cars were located close to costumes, guns and props from 2012’s Judge Dredd movie.
The Batmobile is Batman s personal automobile and primary mode of transportation. It has appeared in...
The Batmobile is Batman's personal automobile and primary mode of transportation. It has appeared in almost every Batman iteration, including comics, movies, and television and has since gone on to be a part of pop culture.
The event also provided the opportunity to launch the new television show Stranger Things and the Suicide Squad movie.
A look-a-like fan stands close to the Harley Quin costume from  Suicide Squad.
A look-a-like fan stands close to the Harley Quin costume from 'Suicide Squad.'
A fan stands against a  Suicide Squad  backdrop at the London Film and Comic Con.
A fan stands against a 'Suicide Squad' backdrop at the London Film and Comic Con.
Jared Leto s Joke costume from  Suicide Squad  on show at the London Film and Comic Con 2016.
Jared Leto's Joke costume from 'Suicide Squad' on show at the London Film and Comic Con 2016.
London Film and Comic Con provides an opportunity to take in the year ahead in cult and genre movies, TV shows and comics, and to reappraise classic material . One theme running through is a relaxed environment and an opportunity for people to talk and share their enthusiasm for all things left-field.
Fans intermingling at the 2016 London Film and Comic Con.
Fans intermingling at the 2016 London Film and Comic Con.
Across social media, convention goer Emma Scullion (@EmmaScullion1) enthused: "Had such a great day at London Film and Comic Con @Showmasters"; and declared film geek Paul Toms (@Tomsy79) tweeted: "Comic con weekend, another barrage of geek news...A great time!"
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