By Ann Evans

Photos by Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography.


MCM Comic Con is back at the Birmingham NEC this weekend, 18-19 November, bringing together fans and stars of top TV series, films, video games and comics. Ann Evans gives us a preview of what to expect.


It’s that time of year again when Cosplay enthusiasts are putting their final touches to their superhero and villain costumes and practicing their poses ready for the MCM Comic Con event this weekend.


The Birmingham National Exhibition Centre is the venue once again, and brings along a galaxy of celebrities from the world of film and TV. The big names this November include Andrew Lee Pots who played the Hatter in Alice, Connor Temple in Primeval and Jacob Crow in Wireless. Also appearing is Anthony Daniels of Star Wars C-3PO fame, Denise Crosby from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Guy Henry from Holby City, Star Wars and Rogue One, Ian McElhinney from Game of Thrones, two Doctors from Doctor Who – Peter Davison and Colin Baker who will be joined by other actors from the ever popular TV series, and many more well known faces.

No doubt there will be larger than usual crowds around the Red Dwarf signing tables now that Series XII is back on our TV screens. Actors Chris Barrie, who plays hologram Arnold J Rimmer will be there on both days – Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November; Robert Llewellyn that fussy mechanoid Kryten, and Danny John-Jules – the slave to fashion Cat will be appearing on the Saturday.

You’ll also spot Warwick Davis of Star Wars and Harry Potter fame who we see more and more on TV these days. He will be chatting to fans on the Saturday. While comedy actor Bernard Cribbins will be there on the Sunday.

The Live Theatre will have a variety of panel events and talks where visitors will hear all kinds of backstage gossip as celebrities talk about their lives and careers.


But the show is not all about the stars, there’s so much going on, and one attraction that will provide plenty of excitement is ‘Robots Live’ – those mechanical metal robots from the TV series Robot Wars who will be doing battle in a purpose made arena.

For collectors there will be lots and lots of official film, TV and comic merchandise on sale. While in the Comic Village area, many artists and writers of comics and sequential art will be displaying their unique work, and available to chat with visitors. There’s even a Kids Zone for the little superheroes.

Cosplay is a huge part of what makes the show so special. The enthusiasm that kids, teens and adults have in dressing up as their favourite character has to be seen to be believed. The lengths many people go to is amazing. And towards the end of each day, there’s a Cosplay Masquerade on the main stage, which is a sight to behold.

MCM Comic Con is at the Birmingham NEC this weekend, 18-19 November 2017.

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