Heroes and villains are best of friends at Comic Con
YOU know you are at Dublin Comic Con when Pikachu is chatting to a zombie, Batman is on crutches and Darth Vader is a five-year-old girl.
The capital's second annual comic book convention took place over the weekend as the National Show Centre in Swords became the spiritual home for thousands of excited cosplay fans.
Here comic book heroes mingled with blockbuster's supervillains and fantasy characters came to life.
Two self-confessed "dorks", Martina Borkowska (21) from Poland and her boyfriend Aidan Neeson (22) from Castleknock, took dressing-up for the event seriously. The two IADT Animation students made their own Poison Ivy and gender-swap Harlequin costumes.
"Last year, we dressed as superheroes and now we decided to go as supervillains," said Martina.
Five-year-old Jennifer Glynn from Finglas is a big fan of the Lego Star Wars series on TV and came to the convention dressed as a mini Darth Vader.
"He's very funny and on the TV there is a Lego show of Star Wars and he's funny in that too," she said. "I like Spiderman too, he's really very silly."
And she added that if she could have any super power she would "freeze stuff."
Former Ghostbusters star Ernie Hudson was one of the convention's star attractions.
The actor, who has also starred in Congo, The Crow and Miss Congeniality, said he's enjoying the Irish hospitality.
"I love Dublin, I've had great time," he said. "The people are amazingly warm and I'm impressed that everyone I met has a wonderful sense of humour."