In the lead up to what is set to be the largest event of its kind in the South, Portsmouth Comic Con – International Festival of Comics has launched its hunt for a superhero through Portsmouth schools.

Children throughout the city have been creating their very own superheroes with a range of awesome superpowers and names that will strike fear into the hearts of any nemesis.

Local illustrator and cartoonist, Russell Mark Olson, has run sessions with children in Medina Primary School, St Johns RC Primary, Beacon View Primary Academy, Flying Bull Academy and Isambard Brunel Junior School about how comics are put together, stimulating pupil’s imaginations to explore the use of words and images to lead their creativity.

Olson, who has worked in the comic industry since 2005, has published web comics Jors & Rust and Gateway City, a crime noir/sci-fi mash up and is currently the artist on Cult Empire Comics new title, Lady Hollywood.

The best of the designs will be displayed at the Comic Con taking place at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May with winning designers receiving a family ticket to attend.

Portsmouth Comic Con will bring to the city the best of comic, film, TV and pop culture entertainment. With a host of international comic artists and writers behind Star Wars, Batman, Superman, Wolverine, Dr Who and many more, an exclusive exhibition of the work of Marvel’s Stan Lee and DC’s Alex Ross and prosthetic demos with the FX artist from Harry Potter, visitors will be able to get behind the science of comics.

If you are serious about comics, love Marvel films or cult series like Dr Who and Star Trek or are simply looking for a fun family day out, this is the event for you!

Tickets are selling fast so book yours now or call the Box Office on 0844 847 2362. Under 5s go free and discounted tickets are available for under 12s.