Fans complain of waiting for hours for Newcastle Comic Con

Comic fans have complained of waiting for hours to get into the film and comic convention at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena. Some said they had had to leave without ever getting in at all, even though they had bought tickets in advance.

Hundreds of superheroes angered by queue size

Hundreds of sci-fi and comic book fans vented their frustration after being forced to wait for hours outside the Newcastle Film and Comic Con, one of the first and largest conventions of its kind in the North East.

People from across Britain - many in fancy dress and with children - descended on Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena for the event, the Newcastle Film and Comic Con 2014, but some told ITV Tyne Tees the event was a "shambles", as they spent the afternoon queuing outside.

Dan Ashby reports.

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Fans vent queue frustration on Twitter

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@itvtynetees I left the queue after waiting for 90 minutes, by far the most badly organised event I've ever been to.

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@itvtynetees absolute joke. No communication; no explanations; very badly organised & a very upset 6 yr old.explanations are needed.

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@itvtynetees been queuing for almost 3hrs and still nowhere near the door. Used to queuing for cons but this is terrible.

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Fans and families made to wait for hours outside Newcastle Comic Convention

Queues for a film and comic convention stretched around the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle as families were made to wait for hours to go in.

Fans on social media complained that their children were in tears and some had left the Newcastle Film and Comic Con without ever getting inside - even though they had bought tickets in advance.

Fans, many in fancy dress, wait to get inside the comic convention Credit: ITV
Some fans were disappointed to have to wait for hours Credit: ITV

A spokesperson from Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena said selling tickets and managing the event was the responsibility of the promoter, not the arena's management.

Fans complain of queueing for hours for comic convention in Newcastle

Comic fans have complained of waiting for hours to get into a convention at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.

Two queues stretched the length of the building and several fans said they had not been able to get in at all - even though they had bought tickets in advance.

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Newcastle Film and Comic Con Fiasco. Organisation non existent and queuing shambles. No communication A lot of angry people. Off to pub

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Well, that was a waste. Don't bother gping to Newcastle Comic Con even if you do get tix in advance - no guarantee you'll get in!!!

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Well I was going to go to Newcastle Comic Con but the queues are REDONCULOUS! Need to get my money back! Poor organisation! #gutted

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