MCM Manchester Comic closed its doors to a successful weekend of pop culture, superhero fandom and 36,567 sci-fi fans, gamers, comic collectors, movie buffs and anime enthusiasts attending the two-day extravaganza.
Featuring everything from comics, movies, games and sci-fi to cosplay, anime, steampunk and online video, the show returned to Manchester Central on 29-30 July with an awe-inspiring line-up of guests.
Actor, voice artist and screenwriter David Hayter, famous as the voice of Solid Snake in the hugely successful Metal Gear Solid videogame franchise made his MCM Comic Con debut and had fans queuing round the block to meet him.
Lou Ferrigno, star of iconic ‘70s superhero show The Incredible Hulk also headlined the show, alongside Star Wars and Harry Potter legend Warwick Davis, Power Rangers star and acclaimed anime voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch Manu Bennett from Arrow, The Hobbit and Spartacus, Star Trek actress Denise Crosby (also from The Walking Dead and The New Adventures of Superman), as well as Kai Owen and Gareth David-Lloyd, best known to sci-fi fans for their roles in Torchwood.
Doctor Who spin-off series Class also took the show by storm when cast members Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah made an appearance at the fun-filled weekend of geeky goodness.
“Manchester Central was bursting with incredible cosplayers, dedicated gamers, passionate comic readers, excited movie buffs and just about every pop-culture niche represented,” said Danny Aindow, national event manager of MCM Expo Group.
“It was a delight to see so many people turn up for a weekend of unleashing their inner geeks; from adults fulfilling childhood dreams of meeting their childhood icons, to children exploring a new world of superheroes and fantasies for the first time.
“Hosting the first ever UK signing for David Hayter, the voice of iconic video game character Solid Snake, saw gamers descend on Manchester in force. Our gaming area gave them an inside look at some stunning independently created video games, all produced within the local area. We were really excited to give local independent developers a chance to show off their hard work, and the people of Manchester responded with enthusiasm and engagement.”
The theatre panels were packed over the weekend, with visitors hearing from the likes of Sunday Times best-selling author Simon Scarrow and his former student-turned-writing partner, Lee Francis, as they discussed what makes a best seller, and Alan Partridge fan podcast Monkey Tennis, which recorded new episode at the show, filled with japes, jokes, behind the scenes facts and trivia of the legendary Mancunian.
Aindow added: “The turnout at the weekend demonstrated the desire for a place to celebrate our love for all things pop culture, and we’re already excited about returning to Manchester in 2018.”
Alongside the eclectic mix of content, visitors also enjoyed seeing the awesome exhibitors and retailers, including movie studios, videogame and comic book publishers, anime and manga distributors, and much, much more.