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Saturday 14 December 2019

Green giant in Emerald Isle as Hulk star Lou among famous faces at Comic Con

Charisma Carpenter, Lou Ferrigno and Holly Marie Combs. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Charisma Carpenter, Lou Ferrigno and Holly Marie Combs. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Watch out - the Incredible Hulk is in town.

Fans of the Hulk, Game Of Thrones, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and numerous other cult TV shows and comics are in for a treat after famous faces arrived in Dublin as Comic Con rolls into town, with more than 20,000 expected to attend this weekend.

Actor Lou Ferrigno, who played the original Hulk in the iconic American TV series in the late '70s and early '80s will be a big draw among the more mature cult comic fans at the Convention Centre.

It is now 42 years since he made the angry green giant famous all over the world, and at the convention preview he said he never thought back then that he could be travelling the world representing the character decades later.

"We were hoping we could get a series out of it. I never dreamed it would become so popular," he said.

Buffy fans will get to meet beloved character Cordelia Chase, as actress Charisma Carpenter makes her first trip to Ireland.

She is following in the footsteps of co-star James Marsters, who played Spike and was a big hit at the last Comic Con.

Game Of Thrones may have ended, but fans won't want to miss the chance to meet the Night King himself - in the form of Richard Brake, who played the foreboding antagonist in the fourth and fifth seasons of the HBO show.

Cosplay

Other guests include Holly Marie Combs from the hit show Charmed, and fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be able to meet Pom Klementieff, who recently starred as Mantis in Avengers: Endgame, reprising her role from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

Dublin Comic Con runs today and tomorrow with an emphasis on fun and colour at the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Visitors can attend discussions panels, Q&As and use cosplay backgrounds as backdrops for photographs, and there will be plenty of trade stalls. For more information, see dublincomiccon.com.

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