Game of Thrones star at first Leeds 'Con' event
Game of Thrones' Syrio Forel teaching Leeds how to sword fight, and a battle for the Iron Throne that features in the smash-hit series, are just two of the highlights of the city's first large scale 'Con' extravaganza.
SmashCon is a TV, film, comic book and BWE (British Wrestling Entertainment) spectacular, featuring stars, cars and props from some of the biggest sci-fi, fantasy and comic book shows of our time, as well as a full day of wrestling events.
It is the first large comic convention to take place in Leeds - despite the rising popularity of similar 'Con' events in other UK cities, Leeds has been lagging behind until now.
Celebrity guests include comedian and Red Dwarf star, Norman Lovett, Brian Wheeler from Return of the Jedi, Harry Potter star, Martin Ballantyne and Hannah Spearritt from Primeaval and S-Club 7.
SmashCon has secured the prestigious New Dock Hall, next to the Royal Armouries in Leeds to host the event on Sunday 22nd May.
Glen Crosthwaite, organiser of SmashCon said: "Comic Cons are soaring in popularity around the country, Manchester and Birmingham both have annual events now that attract thousands of fans, and yet despite all the diverse entertainment available in Leeds, we don't have one, fans have to travel hours away instead. I wanted to put Leeds firmly on the map for this genre, with the biggest event of its kind ever to be held in the city - and it's looking likely we have done just that. The reaction so far to SmashCon has been incredible - there's so much there under one roof that everyone will be entertained whatever their age and interests."
The event also includes a full day of BWE wrestling, featuring stars such as 'the Mexican Sensation', El Ligero and BWE Heavyweight Champion, 'The Primate' Jason Prime. British Bombshells Champion Ruby Summers and 2nd Generation wrestler Xia Brookside - daughter of current WWE coach and former ITV World of Sport wrestling star Robbie Brookside will also feature.
As well as high-profile stars from some of the best fantasy and sci-fi programmes on TV, SmashCon has some amazing props and cars from film and TV. The Iron Throne from Game of Thrones has created a real buzz so far - it's signed by most of the cast and there will be opportunities to sit on it and pose for photos - which will make an amazing Facebook profile pic for Game of Thrones fans!
There will also be a Cosplay contest, superheroes and the zombies from Otley Zombie Apocalypse - who will be abseiling down the CLV building in Leeds before hotfooting it to SmashCon at 10am.
Nickie McIntyre, SmashCon's events manager goes on to say: "It really is a one-of-a kind event for Leeds and we're excited to hold it at New Dock Hall as its such a great venue. There will be plenty to keep the kids happy at SmashCon too - as well as the wrestling, a bouncy castle, children's contests, including Cosplay, and family activities, Batman will be swooping in from Gotham City for photo opportunities."
Miltos Yerollemov's (Syrio Forel from Game of Thrones) Sword Academy Experience has limited places left and costs an additional £25. It's an exclusive 90-minute masterclass that takes students through the history, techniques and comparison of sword-fighting. Along with the other stars, Miltos will be around for the rest of SmashCon for autographs and photos.
Tickets for Smashcon cost £15 per adult, £10 per child or £45 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) if bought from Skiddle in advance. On the door tickets are available for £20 per adult, £15 per child and £50 per family.
Tickets for Miltos Yerolemov's Sword Academy Experience are £25 each on Skiddle, although only a few places are left, and a SmashCon ticket must also be purchased.
SmashCon takes place on Sun 22nd May at New Dock Hall, Leeds from 10am to 4pm, and more information can be found on the Facebook page, SmashCon Leeds or by calling Nickie McIntyre on 07867 742770