Croydon Geek Con, being staged at The Ship pub on the High Street on March 4 and 5, has announced its line-up of special guests, who include Nicholas Vince, Paul Davis and Mike Tucker, who have acted in, written about or designed and built the special effects for some of the geekiest of movies and television programmes.
Tucker is a special effects expert who worked for many years at the BBC, and now runs his own company, the Bafta award-winning The Model Unit.
He is also the author of a number of TV tie-in Doctor Who novels (some co-written with Robert Perry), and three books based on episodes of the television series Merlin. He also co-wrote Ace! The Inside Story of the End of an Era with Sophie Aldred in 1996, and BBC VFX – The Story of the BBC Visual Effects Department with Matt Irvine in 2010.
Nicholas Vince played The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, and Kinski in Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.
Vince will be having a Q&A at Geek Con, and there will also be an opportunity for signings.
The third special guest, Paul Davis, is a filmmaker, author and actor.
Included in his long list of accomplishments, he has made a documentary about An American Werewolf in London, written a book on The Lost Boys, directed two award-winning short films, and has also starred opposite Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as the King Sandman in the Doctor Who episode Sleep No More, which was written by Mark Gatiss.
Davis will be taking part in a Q&A with Thomas Dennett-Cook on the Sunday afternoon (from 4pm).
The organisers say, “Along with these three awesome guests, there will a number of passionate local artists selling their artwork. Comics and collectibles will be for sale, as well as baby clothes and lots of fun things for the kids to do, such as colouring books and video games.
“Also we will have some amazing cosplayers and performers providing for some cool photo opportunities. All the stalls are run by locals who are a part of the geeky community, and who care about the charities we are raising money for. We are raising money for Cancer Research UK and The Wayne Foundation, which is an American charity run by Kevin Smith for the protection and rehabilitation of women who have been victims of sex trafficking.”
Entry to Croydon Geek Con is £1, with proceeds to the charities.
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