Comic book fans swarmed to Wolverhampton to celebrate amongst fellow enthusiasts at a special convention.
Stars from some of the best-known sci-fi films ever made attended the Geeks Wolvo Comic-Con on Saturday at the Diamond Banqueting Suite on Skinner Street.
They included Paul Blake and Paul Warren, who played Greedo and Varmik respectively in Star Wars, Miltos Yerolemou, who has appeared on Game of Thrones, and Brian Wheeler, most famous for appearing in the Harry Potter series and Star Wars.
Spencer Wilding, who will play Darth Vader in the forthcoming Star Wars film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, also handed out medals to the people who had been judged to have the best costumes.
Hundreds of people dressed up as their favourite characters from films or programmes inspired by comics, including several who were inspired to dress up as a Pokémon character.
Nicky Mann took her Dread Wolf Designs stall to the convention, along with her business partner Katie Clarke-Edmunds.
She said: “We have been doing it for almost a year so we are relatively new to this.
“It is one of those things you can come as you like, how normal you are or how weird you are. This is a smaller event but we find we prefer this.”
Pete Wesson, from Birmingham, who was running a stall, said: “I think the best thing this area is a bit geeky... It is a big party for most people and there are a lot of things you cannot get on the high street.”
The Joker in the Batman series may officially come from the United States – but for one day in Wolverhampton he came from Rugeley.
Alex Lewis visited the Geeks Wolvo Comic-Con at the Diamond Banqueting Suite during a special event for all comic book fans.
He met up with his sworn enemy Batman, alias Manvir Sahota, who dressed up as the superhero, after making the trip to the Black Country from his home in Scotland.
Hundreds of fans attended the event, which included a trade fair on Saturday and saw some of their heroes hand out prizes for the best homemade costume.
Spencer Wilding, who was recently named as the next Darth Vader in the next Star Wars film, Rogue One, was amongst the guests.
Fans could add to their day by getting commemorative pictures taken in front of a giant inflatable R2D2, taken from the Star Wars films, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, which first appeared in the Ghostbusters films in 1984 and was included in the most recent version released this year.
Pete Wesson, who attended the event, said those who dressed up, known as cosplayers, were sometimes ‘introverts’ in normal life and then ‘extraverts’ once they were in character. The most famous Comic Con takes place annually in San Diego and can attract up to 130,000 visitors.
The 47th event was held this year and has risen significantly in numbers since 100 people turned up during the 1970s for the first event.
A similar event in Walsall in October attracted Andrew-Lee Potts from Primeval, Hattie Hayridge from Red Dwarf and Sarah Louise Madison and Simon Fisher Becker from Doctor Who. They talked and signed autographs for fellow ‘geeks’.
Visitors also get the chance to buy merchandise from their favourite anime, manga, TV shows, movies and comic series.