Source: @_ComicBuzz via Twitter
Undoubtedly one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Dublin truly offers something for everyone. Whether you want to immerse yourself in its incredible history or learn more about art and culture, there is plenty to explore and enjoy.
However, the city is always keen to embrace relatively new things and one area which it has really taken to its heart in recent years is the exciting culture surrounding sci-fi, fantasy and comic books.
A pop culture phenomenon
To be fair, such a development really should not be that much of a surprise. After all, it is a great time to be a geek, with superheroes and fantasy becoming arguably the pop culture phenomenon of the last decade. Not only does the biggest show on TV feature a queen who rides dragons, the biggest blockbuster of the year saw a star-studded cast of heroes do battle with a purple-skinned, CGI-heavy Josh Brolin.
Much of the gaming world also revolves around similar fantastical elements, with such concepts even making a splash on online casino sites. The likes of Mr Smith Casino now offer Marvel themed online slots alongside other games based on popular franchises including Jurassic Park, the aforementioned Game of Thrones and Robert Downey Junior’s popular Sherlock Holmes adventures.
But how has Dublin embraced all of this incredible geek culture? Well, the city’s love for it was well and truly on show at a recent Comic Con event held in October.
Comics and cosplay
Source: @Playbill via Twitter
As The Sun reports, the event featured guest appearances from the likes of former Doctor Who star Catherine Tate and Game of Thrones’ Ian Beattie and also gave fans a chance to sit on the latter show’s famous Iron Throne. Visitors also got a chance to demonstrate their love for their favourite characters and showcase their creativity in cosplay competitions.
The event was packed and while there might be disappointment among those who missed it, they can rest assured that they do not have to wait long for another similar event to come around. The Spring 2019 edition of Dublin Comic Con takes place at the Convention Centre at Spencer Dock in March, with guest appearances from the likes of Power Rangers star Jason David Frank already confirmed. A Summer edition is also planned for August and we are sure some big names will be in attendance once again.
Of course, if you can’t wait that long, there is still plenty you can do to embrace your inner geek. Whether you’re new to living in Dublin or planning a trip here, a visit to the famous Big Bang Comics is an absolute must. Regarded by some as the best store of its kind in Ireland, the shop has a huge amount to offer in terms of merchandise and graphic novels.
Dublin has so much to offer as a city and it is really building a strong reputation as a place which loves geek culture. Whether you’re mad about Star Wars, gripped by Game of Thrones or obsessed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is a city which has you covered.