Freakcon exceeds expectations

Kristian Nairn.
Kristian Nairn. / F. GONZÁLEZ
  • The event, celebrated over the weekend, was hugely popular, attracting more than 20,000 visitors

It's a sure sign that an event is going to be a success if your 17-year-old neighbour leaves their house on Saturday morning dressed as a Ghostbuster, with their dad carrying a proton pack. They don't celebrate Carnival, nor any costume-based festival, but young people are hugely excited by Freakcon, the International Malaga Convention of Comic, TV Series and Videogames, which proved hugely successful, with over 20,000 visitors over last weekend. The attendance exceeded the expectations of the organisers, who had expected around 18,000.

Cities like Madrid and Barcelona have had festivals like this for years, and have established themselves as 'freaky' capitals. It's encouraging that Malaga is embracing the trend. 'Freaky' is used with the best meaning of the word, the way that the fans of the popular subculture, who filled the Palacio de Ferias and Congresos of the city, would use it.

However, the event cannot compare with the two festivals already mentioned, the International Comic Fair of Barcelona, which will host its 36th edition this year, and Heroes Comic Con Madrid, which is supported by several large businesses. It would be unfair to make comparisons between the events, because Freakcon would lose, but what is incredibly impressive is the event's intentions and the path that it has taken. It looks set to have an excellent future, given that it is on a well-established path to becoming an essential event on the comic lover's calendar.

The actor Spencer Wilding, who was the man underneath the Darth Vader mask in 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story', was met by hundreds of fans from the 501st Legion and HoloRed Estelar fan groups, who were dressed as characters from the franchise. Kristian Nairn, the Northern Irish actor who played Hodor in Game of Thrones, was met with rapturous applause when he came out on stage, and he later showcased his other talent by performing an upbeat DJ set.