A ZOMBIE ice warrior will escape the blood-stained battlefields of Westeros to invade a more civilised setting in Abingdon.

Actor Ross Mullan, known to millions for his role as a ruthless White Walker in cult television show Game of Thrones, is among stars of a new Comic Con-style event coming to the town.

The inaugural Thames Con festival will welcome Mr Mullan alongside comedy legend Sir Tony Robinson, fellow Game of Thrones actor Josef Altin and a host of other intriguing guests.

It takes place on Saturday, April 28 at Abingdon & Witney College’s campus in Wootton Road, and celebrates the world of comics, films and television.

Sarah Williamson, who co-organised the event with friend Zainab Mirmalek, said: “The [comic convention] industry is blowing up, and we wanted to make ours a little bit different.

“The idea was to branch out for families – there will be a food market and stunt performances and workshops.

“It’s a full day out.

“We are hoping to get people to go who have never been to a similar event before.”

The Littlemore resident, 23, has a master’s degree in film and television production, and is a keen attendee of similar conventions.

Businesswoman Miss Mirmalek, 30, lives in Didcot and is the main organiser.

She said: “I wanted to create an event that had something for everyone, that’s really inclusive and also entertaining.

“To have Sir Tony joining us for our first event is very exciting. I loved his comedic roles as a child and couldn’t think of a better headline guest for Thames Con.”

Sir Tony, famed for his role as Baldrick in Blackadder, will meet fans, sign autographs and take part in a live question and answer session.

Also on the line-up is Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell, who will lead art and craft sessions for children.

Stunt and parkour group 3RUN, who have been stunt doubles in The Avengers, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean, will stage skills in a thrilling performance.

Marvel and DC comic artist Lee Townsend will sell his art, while Hollywood’s ‘Dangerous BoB’, who was prop master for films such as Back to the Future, Psycho and Scarface, will jet in to meet UK fans for the first time.

Miss Williamson, who works in events at Oxfam, said: “[Comic conventions] used to be very niche, but they’ve become mainstream.

“More people are engaging with them and they are becoming more popular.”

Wantage Comic Con staged its second event in December, and the second Oxford Comic Con is scheduled for April 21.

For more details and tickets, visit thamescon.co.uk.