Photos by Rob Tysall.


If you like dressing up and having fun, then the MCM Comic Con show is just the place for you. Ann Evans tells us about the forthcoming show.



Fans of film, video gaming, Marvel and DC Comics, Steampunk, Cosplay, Manga, Anime and superheroes in all shapes and sizes will find plenty to entertain them at the MCM Comic Con which returns to the Birmingham NEC this coming weekend, 17-18th March 2018.


As always there is so much going on. Celebrities of TV, film and video games will be lined up to meet their fans, sign autographed photographs and take part in Theatre Panels, where the audience can listen to the celebs’ experiences and ask their own questions via the roving mic.


Amongst the famous names are Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn known for their roles in the sci-fi/fantasy film, Guardians of the Galaxy. Three of the stars of iconic British sci-fi series Blake’s 7 – Jan Chappell, Jacqueline Pearce and Sally Knyvetter will be also be meeting fans and signing autographs. And Brianna Hildebrand, known for Deadpool and The Exorcist will also be there amongst a host of other stars from the film world.


Cosplay is a huge part of MCM Comic Con. Children and adults dress up as their favourite character whether it’s from Batman, Alice in Wonderland or Nightmare on Elm Street, with lots choosing heroes and villains from anime and video games. Towards the end of each day there is the Cosplay Masquerade on the main stage which is free whether you want to take part of just watch.


It’s a show for all the family, and there’s always lots for the kids to enjoy. There’s even a special Kids Zone where the kids – and grown-ups can have their faces painted free of charge. A great way of joining in with the dressing-up fun, without the costume.


You could even train to become an intergalactic hero as the Silver Sabres Combat Academy will be providing free training sessions in LED sabre basic techniques throughout the show. LED Sabre is an exciting new combat sport, combining traditional martial arts with theatrical expression. It is a unique experience appealing to children and adults alike, teaching discipline and mindfulness through physical exercise, games and sparring. Spaces are limited so be sure to visit their stand as early as possible to ensure a place.


Robots Live is back once again. Those mechanical metal robots from the hit TV series Robot Wars will be going into battle 3-4 times each day. Each 20-minute show will be compared by Dave Young, team captain of Roboto Wars champion ‘Apollo’.


If indie books, comics and illustrations are your thing, then don’t miss the Comic Village. This area brings together comic creators of all styles to display their work and chat to fans. Special guest, David Finch, a comic artist for Marvel and DC Comics will also be there.


Steampunk and Steam Curious, will have stands at the show. The Victorian Steampunk Society with The Ministry of Steampunk will be bringing the very best in Steampunk art, costumes and accessories.

The dealer stalls are always a crowd pleaser and you can browse and buy the very best from the worlds of movies, Anime, Manga, TV, comics, trading cards, actions figures and much more.

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