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Convention Preview February 2017: Capital Sci-Fi Con

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Cartoon rendition of this year’s guests

Coming back for a second helping, Capital Sci-Fi Con are going bigger than ever! They even have screen used props, costumes and vehicles from the film Dredd.

With over 3000 attendees last year, organiser Keith Armour says they are expecting to blow their 2016 event out the water and raise more money for the Rachel house hospice in Kinross (ran by CHAS) after a whopping £37,680.86 in 2016.

So much is going on at Meadowbank Sport Centre in Edinburgh on Saturday February 18 and Sunday 19.

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The crowds at Capital Sci-Fi Con 2016

Movie guests include: Primeval’s Hannah Spearritt, voice actor Marc Silk, Return of the Jedi’s Katie Purvis, the recently announced Jon Campling known for playing King Regis in Final Fantasy 15 and loads more.

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Jon Campling as King Regis: FFXV

Comic guests include: author John Chapman, artists Gary Erskine, writer Bob Salley, artist Tanya Roberts and more to be confirmed.

With Edinburgh also hosting another convention this year, I asked Keith Armour what made Capital Sci-Fi Con different.

“We are different from other conventions due to the fact that not a single penny is taken for personal gain. I made a decision that all the proceeds would go to charity and stand by that.

“Secondly the event is focused on the fans and we think carefully when it comes to the planning. We think of everyone and want to make the event easily accessible for people with disabilities so no one is left out from enjoying themselves.

“Thirdly the amount of people that commented saying that the atmosphere was nothing like any other convention they’d experienced, whether it was because people were enjoying themselves while helping a charity I’m not sure.

“Lastly we try to introduce things to the event before other conventions so the fans have something new to see in Scotland.”

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Profit raised through the event will be donated to Rachel house hospice in Kinross ran by CHAS

Capital Sci-Fi Con are organised by a group of fans who are all volunteers. They started of in their first year with only 14 helpers but this year’s there are now 134 volunteers making “this event truly For Fans by Fans”, said Keith.

He has been involved in charity costuming for the last seven years, attending conventions up and down the country. “After a lot of personal things happening in my life I decided to do something positive and not let all the negativity get to me.

“After firstly organising a toy drop off at Rachel House Hospice run by CHAS and meeting the families and staff, I was amazed at how great the people were there and decided to do something bigger to raise funds for the charity.

“After coming up with the idea of Capital Sci fi Con and approaching the charity about the event I asked friends to help me promote the event.”

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Marvel cosplayers at last years convention

Vendors are a big part of conventions and Capital Sci-Fi Con have pulled out all the stops to bring in the best. You can expect: big names like Forbidden Planet, A1 Toys, Tempo Tea Bar, and Blue Cyborg. As well as other traders selling Comics, toys, collectibles, wands, art, posters, autographs, games, clothing, film cells, confectionary and so much more.

It’s going to be a family friendly, fun event, where people can come and just be themselves. Expect from the moment you enter to the moment you leave that you will notice a difference in atmosphere.

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There will be so much going on, you will have something to do the whole day, with movie props/guests, art classes, workshops, a cosplay competition, orchestra playing, table top gaming, retro gaming and more.

You can still buy tickets online and at the door.

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