Tuesday 26 September 2017

'Star Wars' fans out in force in city

Illustrator Will Sliney at the Star Wars exhibition
Illustrator Will Sliney at the Star Wars exhibition
Mark Hamill playing the part of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Close to 10,000 sci-fi fans are expected to attend Ireland's largest 'Star Wars' fan event, Invasion Dublin, this weekend.

The annual event is now in its fourth year and will run from May 3-5 in support of Irish Autism Action at the RDS.

"Invasion Dublin is like a much more laidback version of Comic Con," organiser Craig Kingma explained. "But just about 'Star Wars'."

The exhibition halls have been decked out with replica sets and will be filled with Jedi masters showing visitors how to use The Force.

Actors who appeared in the films, including Femi Taylor, who played the part of Jabba the Hutt's slave Oola, will host talks and sign memorabilia for fans.

Illustrator William Sliney has been drawing 'Star Wars' characters for comic books for years – and will hold art classes showing children how to draw their favourite characters.

Cork-born artist Sliney currently works for Marvel Comics but is hopeful he will return to sketching 'Star Wars' characters now that Disney has bought Lucasfilm and Marvel.

"It would be great, but at the moment I'm up to my eyes with Spider-Man comics," he said.

Irish Independent

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