Comic fair Comic Con in Hannover
Sigmund Freud would have had his fun with the visitors at the first Comic-Con in Germany, a kind of leading fair of the comic and fantasy world. Cosplayers – that’s what the costumed people call themselves – have come from all over Germany, even from neighbouring countries, and are strolling through Hall 2. space mercenaries, archaic amazons, Asian-inspired manga dolls, supermen and batmen. Plenty of room for speculation as to whether the glaring chasm suggests gulfs in the depths of the soul. One thing is certain, however: at Comic-Con, the extraordinary is the norm. As an eccentric, it is more likely to be noticed who comes undressed in T-shirt jeans sneakers.
The Big Bang Theory Panel Comic Con International
The fair is considered a “hit on the scene, a blast for Europe,” as Kayleigh Hos from Salzgitter-Bad says, who came to Hannover with a huge papier-mâché mallet and in the costume of the character Harley Quinn from the Batman comic. “This is a meeting place for the cosplayers.” And what are these people that Hos charmingly refers to as “positively wacky” doing at the fair? You stroll through the exhibition hall like at a flea market along the stands of the 80 or so exhibitors. There are fan articles for everything that is currently on the air – but not at flea market prices. A Pokémon base cap costs 20 Euros, the Sailor Moon coffee mug is 14.99 Euros, the helmet of the new Star Wars villain Kylo Ren for 40 Euros, posters, stickers, mead horns from Troll Art (300, 500 or 750 millilitres), role-playing games or Batman T-shirts, three 50 Euros or a scimitar (blunt blade) for 100 Euros. In contrast to the Cebit or the industrial fair, this part of Comic-Con is about selling, not about a performance show of an industry.
‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ Stars Rule Comic-Con
Many organisers are trying out this business model. At the end of the month, for example, Comic-Con-Germany will be held for the first time at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre. Similar name, same concept. At the Messe AG in Hanover you can see that, but you are a bit proud of having left Stuttgart behind by three weeks on the home stretch and having the more renowned organiser to do the same. “In terms of sales, Comic-Con doesn’t change our results, of course. But we’re looking at our capacity utilisation, and it’s a very interesting visitor spectrum. Comic-Con has prestige and enjoys great attention,” says trade fair spokesman Wolfgang Kossert on request.
What, above all, does it need for attention? Stars, stars, stars. The organizer has invited them to Hannover to attract plenty of visitors. Among them are Youtuberin Meg Turney, comic author Bob Layton and the actors Josef Altin, Ian Beattie and Melissa Rauch. Not everyone has to know them. But they are heroes of the superhero audience at Comic-Con. Beattie and Altin starred in the TV series “Game of Thrones”. On the podium in front of several hundred fans in the “Rome” conference room, Beattie comments on a question from the audience with a great deal of humour: “Yes, so many people are actually dying there that you have to be afraid whether there will even be enough actors left by the end of the year,” he says – and is pleased that the gag is getting through.
Rauch – actress in the series “Big Bang Theory” – poses for photos at the same time. Many want to, even though it costs extra. The queue is long, 30 minutes waiting for a selfie with the star.
Nevertheless, it does not become boring. Because forever the parade of the “positively crazy” in their exciting costumes circles through the hall. In the end, the organizers are also satisfied. “Hanover was great. We will definitely come back next year,” says MCM spokeswoman Stefanie Zurek.