By Peter Mckay

Amidst the flood of seminars, guest panels, workshops, stalls, Movie/TV actors, artists, special effects professionals, costume designers, illustrators, cosplayers, body painters, charities and K-pop performers, it’s worth taking a step back to appreciate just what GiCC is all about and why you won’t forgive yourself if you miss out.

GiCC is a celebration of many different aspects of popular culture. That culture varies widely from anime and sci-fi, all the way to retro gaming and live action roleplaying (LARPing), but there is a common thread that ties them all together.

There is a reason why you can go to a convention and see everything being celebrated in one place, from superheroes and wizards to Pokémon and Hobbits. Three years ago, fans of any of these things did not have a place where they could share those interests locally. At the same time, you do not need to be a dedicated fan to enjoy having fun doing things that allow you to experience something new, let yourself enjoy an experience without being frowned upon by anyone and embrace your inner self, whether you are an adult, a teenager, a child, or a family wishing to share unforgettable moments together.

Creators of all types came together to showcase the amazing talent that resides in Gibraltar.

GiCC brought all the creative communities together for the first convention back in 2017 and it’s been growing ever since. Communities like bodypainting, table top gaming, LARPing, and artists and creators of all types came together to showcase the amazing talent that resides in Gibraltar, for a colourful, welcoming event that made GiCC what it is today.

Over the last two years we also welcomed many special international guests, who attended the event, such as Tim Russ (AKA Tuvok from Star Trek), Clive Russel (AKA Black Fish from Game of Thrones), François Petit (AKA Sub-zero from Mortal Kombat), Hannah Spearritt (AKA Joan from Seed of Chucky and Emily from Agent Cody Banks 2) and many more actors and other guests who played in such movies like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Marvel and Doctor Who.

Last year, the GiCC also welcomed professional cosplayers from around the world, including Han Jones and Lily on the Moon who have recently been chosen as special cosplay guests for London Film and Comic Con, or Pale and Nerdy, a dynamic, colourful duo from Belgium.

Accomplished artists such as Lance Tooks, who worked for Marvel and Stan Lee himself and professional animators such as Mike Belzer, who brought to life many characters and puppets from the likes of The Nightmare Before Christmas, one of the most loved stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy Halloween films, both of whom graced us with their presence at the event.

This year is no exception, with much loved actors and other guests coming to Gibraltar for the very first time, including our latest announcement: Spencer Wilding, who most recently played one of the most iconic Sci-Fi characters of all time – Darth Vader. Having played many roles in a number of block buster movies, such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolfman and Clash of the Titans, Spencer Wilding has quite the portfolio and is extremely excited to join us in Gibraltar for GiCC 2019.

This year’s focus for GiCC is on movies of the 70s, 80s and 90s such as Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones, but also up-and-coming movies, plus so many different activities for absolutely everyone – don’t worry if you never tried to make teru-teru, shuriken, or tanabata, at GiCC we will show you exactly how it is done.

The event this year will see interactive panels and movie memorabilia areas, as well as plethora of competitions, be it gaming, K-pop or cosplay with fantastic (including cash) prizes.

As always, there will be various charities at the event whom will be accepting support from our visitors and spreading the word about the work they do for us on a daily basis.

GiCC will be held at the Rooke site where the fair was held earlier this year to make it that little easier for everyone to attend.

For information on tickets, stalls, competition registration, stewarding at the event and further details on special guests, as well as the latest announcements, visit www.gicc.gi.

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