Venue – Royal Armouries. Leeds
Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th August 2016
Starts: 10:00am Tuesday 9 August 2016
Finishes: 5:00pm Thursday 11 August 2016
Royal Armouries have been running an event like this for quite some time. It is now a regular feature of August, falling within the long school holiday of course. In 2013 it fell on 4th to 6th of May, the opening weekend of Ironman 3 – you can read my write up of that event.
You’ll note Ironman features on the official image from Royal Armouries at the head of this article. They have a full size replica built by Mark Pearson for the Armouries. Mark is pictured on the right here with the suit. On the left is Adi Granov who designed the suits for all three Ironman films, as well as the Chitauri for the first Avengers film.
Adi attended this even in 2014 and was interviewed by artist Peter Doherty about his work with Marvel in comics, film and beyond. Peter is a regular participant at this event.
It can’t always be predicted what will go on at this event below are a few ideas
The following are planned over the three days. This is a short summary and there may be different things happening on any given day, for instance Adi Granov was only present on one day in 2014. I suggest you check on arriving exactly what is on, staff will have leaflets with a full ptogram for the day in the entrance to the Museum.
This is an edited quote from the Royal Armouries site.
“COMIC BOOK ARTISTS
Renowned comic book artists Peter Doherty and Kristyna Baczynski will be running live drawing sessions each day. They will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate their individual styles throughout the event.
Peter has drawn extensively for the 2000AD character ‘Judge Dredd’ and has illustrated several significant and acclaimed episodes of the strip. Kristyna’s illustration work has won a Northern Design Award and her comics have been nominated twice for British Comic Awards.
Both Peter and Kristyna will be drawing some of the superheroes at intervals throughout the day – visitors will be able to check the schedule on arrival for times.
LIVE ACTION PERFORMANCES
In a live action performance Judge Dredd will come out with all guns blazing for a noisy showdown with his old adversary in the outdoor amphitheatre.
Visitors will also be able to learn about the weapons and honour codes of three great warrior cultures – Knights, Samurai and Jedi – and see a battle between the Force and the Dark Side.
In Battle Scene to Silver Screen visitors will hear how real armour and weapons from different historical periods have inspired creations on the big screen, including Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, using examples from our collection..
CRAFTS & FACE PAINTING
11am – 4pm
In addition there will be craft sessions in the Hall of Steel and face painting in the museum shop (small charge applies).
SUPERHERO MUSEUM TRAIL
Pick up a free superhero trail from the main Reception and hunt for the comic book characters hidden around the museum.”
As I stated above Peter Doherty is a stalwart of this event and I highly recommend you check out what he and Kate are doing.
The Judge Dredd and Star Wars live action is always very popular, arrive early to these. My advice is to be there no later than 15 minutes before the performance.
The Museum is free entry and the only charges are for the children’s Crafts and Face Painting, no price is on the website but this tends to be around £2.50.