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Published 13th Mar 2018

Stormtroopers from 99th Garrison

Star Wars Stormtroopers, Darth Vader and a top comic book illustrator are set to be the star attractions at the Dundas Sci Fi and Fantasy Market and Comic Book Event in Middlesbrough’s Dundas Shopping Centre on Saturday 24 March from 10am to 4pm. 

The 99th Garrison, the largest UK independent Star Wars based costume group, will be bringing Darth Vader, Storm Troopers and other characters from the hit film series to help raise money for the children’s charity Dreamflight by posing for photographs, just three days before the release of the latest Star Wars film, The Last Jedi, on DVD.

Famed comic book illustrator, and current artist in residence at Middlesbrough Football Club, Richard Piers Rayner will be appearing at InterStellar Comics’ unit in the Indoor Market from 10am until 3.30pm.  Richard's comic book career started in 1988.  He has illustrated for both DC and Marvel publications.  His works include Hellblazer, Swamp Thing, L.E.G.I.O.N., Doctor Fate, and Doctor Who. His most notable work is Road to Perdition which was adapted into a film in 2002.  Richard will be taking commissions which range from £10 to £50. 

On top of this, there will be more than 20 Science Fiction and Fantasy themed stalls selling a range of unique gifts. 

Organised by Jon Dea, the man behind other successful local markets and events such as Kirkleatham Sci Fi and Comic Con and the Dundas Handmade and Vintage market, the free Dundas Sci Fi and Fantasy Market and Comic Event will have fun for all the family.  

Mr Dea says: “Whatever interests you about Sci-fi or fantasy, there is going to be something for everyone at our event, with unique goods to buy, characters to meet, plenty to look at, and fellow enthusiasts to talk to.” 

Dundas Market Manager David Harris says: “This was our most popular event last year, attracting hundreds of enthusiasts, so we are delighted to be holding it once again.  While they are browsing the sci-fi and fantasy, our visitors can also sample some hot food, sweets, treats, breads and cakes from Jean’s Kitchen, Indy’s Grub To Go, The Sweet Corner and Cooplands, as well as taking a look at Forbidden Planet, Games Workshop, Kindamagic, The Festival Shop, Boyes, B&M, and all our other retailers.” 

Customer car parking is available in the 178-space Dundas Shopping Centre basement car park, accessed off Wilson Street.  Further information from www.dundasshoppingcentre.co.uk or via @DundasShopping on Facebook and Twitter. 



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