Review of MCM Comic Con Midlands 2016

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Sharing snippets of feedback about this annual, one day event. Midlands Comic Con as with the remaining four MCM Expo shows namely Birmingham, London, Scotland and Manchester, is all about popular culture from Movies & TV showcasing and promoting to Manga and Cosplay. Venue: International Centre, Telford, Shropshire.

Imagining, mainly due to the location and venue capacity, that this is the most pared back version of the five, so it fell a little short on the ‘must see’ happenings compared to the buzz and interest of shows elsewhere. It was well attended nonetheless, and, judging by the elaborate Cosplay seen, Anime and Star Wars are the main themes that people really came to experience and personally integrate with.

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These are consumer shows and are not geared for commercial buyers, and so exhibitor’s stands are allowed the majority of the floor space. Usually for retailers/dealers of clothing, posters, books and charms inspired by games, Japanese animation and general all round geekiness the selling happens online, so this is a real selling opportunity for them. Many of the most popular products being Anime including Death Note, Sword Art online, Tokyo Ghoul and One Piece. Nintendo products especially Pokemon and Zelda. League of Legends. Other than that it was Star Wars, Star Trek and Harry Potter, and even merchandise for a Disney princess or two!

Dealers include:

Pixelpumpkins

http://japan-cool.co.uk/

http://www.quitegoodcards.com/

 


Celebrity presence were Andrew-Lee Potts (Primeval, Ideal) Kai Owen (Torchwood, Being Human) and Sylvester McCoy (the seventh Doctor Who, The Hobbit Trilogy), each providing insight into their work past and present. We like the shot of McCoy above in his Photo Session pose!

 

The time is ripe for MCM Comic Con (being the official sponsor of the World Premiere of Dad’s Army this March 2016) to maximize on their link with Universal Pictures and to promote this film and others by screening film trailers.

View the trailer of Duncan Jones’s fantasy/adventure movie based on the popular video game series Warcraft here

One of the highlights was to see a little miniature model BB-8 droid from Star Wars being remote controlled by a co-ordinator, speedily rolling around the legs and feet of visitors. Topically The New York Toy Fair has just revealed a life sized version will hit the stores later in the year

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