Popular movie characters have burst off the big screen and into Reading.

An amazed passerby has taken to X, formerly Twitter to say: "What is going on in Lower Earley?

"Five minutes here and I've seen a gigantic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and The Joker walk past."

It comes as Reading hosts its annual comic con at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre today (November 25).

Boasting a collectors fair, the day boasts cosplay fun, prop photos and gaming zones - with special guest Brian Blessed, famous for Flash Gordon and for voicing Boss Nass leading a lineup of celebrity faces.

Organisers have said: “We are thrilled to be back in Reading in 2023, for Reading Comic-Con, playing host a series of guest celebrity faces from across the Film and TV industry, leading the Line up ‘BRIAN BLESSED’, well known for his role as ‘Prince Vultan’ in Flash Gordan, With Paul Blake (GREEDO, Star Wars), Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood, Harry Potter) and more in attendance. 

"The comic con also plays host to a range of movie and TV traders, including movie & Sci-Fi Props that are ob display, that visitors can have a free photograph with, and with movie talks and cosplay competitions, there is something for the entire family."

Comic Con runs from 10am to 5pm and tickets can be bought at £9 an adult of £5 a child (booking fee not included).

Tickets can be bought here