This past weekend saw MCM Comic Con, descend on Liverpool's BT Convention Centre. From Cosplay to movie memorabilia, gaming competitions, celebrity signings and Q&A session, and more, I couldn’t wait to head down and see how Liverpool would get it’s Comic Con on!
I’ve attended Comic-Con in the past, been arrested by Storm Troopers and bought my weight in quirky tees and Japanese confectionary but it’s been a good few years since I last went. A few things might have changed but it’s still one of my favourite conventions. The BT Convention Centre, next to Liverpool's Echo Arena was filled to the brim with stalls literally selling the weird, the wonderful and the stuff a collectors dreams are made of. I grabbed the baby Bro, picked up some weekend passes and decided it was time to get my geek on.
MCM is known for it’s special guests, from the worlds of science fiction and gaming, you can guarantee there will be someone on the bill you recognise. I was super excited to see Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman), Thomas Craig (Murdoch Mysteries), Andrew Lee Potts and Hannah Spearritt (Primevil) on the lineup, as well as Paul Amos and Victoria Atkin (Assasins Creed) and Jessica DiCicco, Flame Princess from Adventure Time. I always feel a bit weird seeing famous people in the flesh, but everyone at the MCM events are just too nice, super approachable and great with the fans. Though we missed the Q&A sessions on the main stage, we did catch a few mini chats on the MCM Buzz couch, I loved hearing Lindsay Wagner talk about working with Sandra Bullock - I had no idea Lindsay wanted Sandra to front a spin-off series of The Bionic Woman as the next Bionic Woman - and the producers said no because they didn’t think Sandra could hold her own! I bet they’re kicking themselves now!
When you think Comic Con, you think Cosplay. The talent, time and energy that go into some of the costumes on display this weekend was mind blowing. From full Iron Men suits with lights and sound effects to tiny miniature heroes in the form of newborn Supermans and toddling Batmans was enough to make anyone's ovaries explode. Hands down my favourites had to be the guys who were going around with giant hand made Onyx and Gyrados puppets, Pokemon was my life growing up and seeing all the Pokemon trainers wandering around the centre had me itching to pick up my poke balls again. I’m sad we missed the infamous masquerade as it’s a great way to see some of the really really fancy pants costumes - you can’t always nab Batman or Darth Vadar for a photo pop when they’re tucking into some Pocky!
Merch, merch, merch! From tees to shot glasses, handcrafted jewellery, steampunk goggles, if you can think it up, you can find it. MCM did a great job at spacing all the tables out and giving vendors decent sized spaces making it slightly easier to have a mooch about the goodies on offer. I eyeballed a really cute, simple Deathly Hallows necklace that I had to have, and my brother picked up everything from gaming cards to framed prints. Me being me, I had to come home with a box of cakes from the Custom Cupcake Company too. I did have my eye on a lightsaber Katana sword - though what the hell I would do with it is beyond me, but what a conversation starter that would be hanging on the living room wall. There was so much artwork and poster prints on offer, I could have easily decked out the whole house into a Nerdvana.
One of my favourite sections of any MCM Comic Con is the Comic Village, or Artists Alley as it’s sometimes called. A showcase from some of the most talented comic book artists and illustrators in the business. I was blown away by some of their work, from the fantastical to guts and gore, there was something for every taste to fawn over. I was bowled over by the guy drawing people as Sloths right then and there, they looked fantastic and it was great to chat to some of the actual creators of graphic novels and comic books on sale.
One thing that massively stood out this weekend was just how family friendly Liverpool MCM Comic Con was. I have never seen so many young families at one of these events and it was just downright brilliant to see. Have you ever seen a three-year-old dressed as Batman run the length of a room to hug his idol? For that idol to come down to his level and interact with him, to play along and just have fun with ti? these people in the costumes are just like you and me, they’re normal people and they just go with it, just to put a smile on the kids face. It was amazing to see so many families all dressed up and enjoying themselves. They had special kids zones set up with hands-on activities like creating your own Captain America shield or drawing their favourite comic book hero, it was great!
I had the best weekend, seeing all the amazing costumes, feeling the real sense of community these events have. There’s something seriously amazing about seeing a group of people come together and just embracing each others passions and interests, of literally having an ‘anything goes’ attitude, I imagine for many who go this is one of the few times they really get to openly be themselves and I love the MCM guys and gals for making that happen.
I can’t wait to see MCM come back to Liverpool in 2017! You can guarantee I’ll be there! Now, don't mind me, I'm just going around the block in my pod racer!
Have you ever been to an MCM Comic Con event?
Until next time,