Inverness’ Eastgate Shopping Centre had extra security at the weekend in the form of a Stormtrooper of the 501st UK Garrisonwho was helping Richmond Clements and Vicky & Ish Stonebridge promote the Hi-Ex comics conventionto the locals, as well as collecting money for Hi-Ex’s nominated charity Children 1st, the Scottish version of the NSPCC.
Unsurprisingly he proved a hit with the local children and, as well as the more typical Stormtrooper poses behind kneeling captives, this ‘trooper brought the Imperial agenda to the fore by proving that in an election year you don’t have to be a democratic politician to kiss babes in arms.
Hi-Ex will be taking place in Inverness’ Eden Court on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March 2010 with doors open from 11am each day (although we fully expect that at least some people will forget that the clocks go forward on the Sunday). Last year the convention raised over £1600 for Children 1st and this year once again they will have their raffle and charity auction. Items in the charity auction include artwork from David Lloyd, Simon Fraser and Bryan Talbot and all auction items can be bid on by non-attendees to Hi-Ex by following the details on their website.
More details of the Hi-Ex convention including directions to the venue and ticket prices can be found on the Hi-Ex website.