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MCM Comic Con’s Welcome Return

Photos by Rob Tysall



MCM Comic Con is back with a bang! Ann Evans went along to the NEC Birmingham to enjoy the fun.

Finally, the long wait was over. MCM Comic Con threw wide its doors to welcome people back after the Covid lockdown. Firstly, the two-day show took place at the ExCel, London, on 23rd and 24th October and then at the NEC Birmingham on 13th and 14th November.



As Europe’s leading Comic Con event, there was epic cosplay to enjoy – everything from visions of horror to infamous villains, from super-heroes to super cute and furry! And for many of the Cosplayers it was an opportunity to meet up with old friends and acquaintances after the long lockdown. Some Cosplay fans had travelled miles to attend their favourite pop culture celebration, no doubt raising a few eyebrows as those in their full cosplay costumes travelled on public transport.



As ever there was a fantastic line-up of special guests from film and TV at both events. These included renowned actor and producer famous for his roles in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Jumper and upcoming Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, Hayden Christensen, who was at the Birmingham Comic Con. Also appearing was Star Wars royalty and emperor of the dark side, Ian McDiarmid.

Earlier, London had welcomed multi-award winning actor best known for his roles in Thor, The Avengers and Loki on Disney+, Tom Hiddleston. Alongside him was Sophia de Martino also from Loki.



As always, the show brought together talented comic creators and artists; craftspeople making unique accessories and collectables; dozens of stands selling everything from anime, manga, retro toys, books, posters, autographs, clothing, steampunk accessories, jewellery and more. There were games to try your hand at; panels and talks to sit in on, and plenty of fun.



Some stands that attracted our attention included Merchoid selling ‘awesome, official geek merchandising’ – their words not mine! Simon, Ohaz and Guy design and sell a range of quality Christmas jumpers all year round. Having acquired the necessary licenses, they produce around 50 Christmas Jumpers celebrating the likes of The Avengers, Spider-man, Pokemon, Lord of the Rings, Loki, Jurassic Park and others, all beautifully made in the UK. It was their first time at the Birmingham NEC, and found their jumpers were proving very popular.



Hand knitted and crocheted garments were clearly popular, as another stand was Pam’s Happy Hats. With the assistance of her husband, Darren, Pam crochets a range of round 250 different designer hats and 300 cute characters. The couple have been making these cute crocheted hats and soft toys for about six years, and Pam particularly finds it very therapeutic.



Another unique stand was Major Q run by Steampunk enthusiasts Scott and Deano. They had come up with the quirky idea of making and selling Steampunk style medals.



Of course, the main attraction at the MCM Comic Con events are the Cosplayers. So many caught our eye for a variety of reasons, the Staffordshire Ghostbusters being one group of characters. Luke, Andy, Will, Pete, Nath and Scott don their costumes to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. After lockdown curtailed their opportunities to raise money, they were very happy to be back in the business of helping the charity with their fund raising.



Catching sight of the heavily armed Black Major from GI Joe comic was quite a daunting sight. Strolling along, picking his teeth with a rather large knife somehow didn’t seem very inviting. But taking my courage in both hands I stopped him for a brief chat. Happily, Darren, the man behind the black leather and armoury, was a lot friendlier than his alter-ego character. “I’ve been dressing as the Black Major for over 30 years,” said Darren. “And after lockdown it’s good to be back being evil again!”



Emphasis before the events and throughout was on staying Covid safe, and visitors were required to show their Covid status before entering the show, also asked to wear masks, wash their hands regularly and give people extra space. Precautions that were well worth it to ensure this popular show was able to go ahead once again.

For more information and news of future MCM Comic Con events visit their new website mcmcomiccon.com