Reviewed by Helen and Garry McWilliams
Our first visit to Midlands Comic Con in Telford was a fantastic experience, so much packed in despite the fact that the event is on a smaller scale than we’re used to seeing at the NEC in Birmingham.
Cosplayers were out in full force, with some amazing efforts, please look out for interviews with some of the cosplayers we have been fortunate enough to meet so far. We thought that the amount of cosplay was immense back in November 2014 in Birmingham, and Telford’s attendees certainly maintained the standard. We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for the Birmingham event next month.
There was a modest MCM Theatre Schedule which included a ‘Red Dwarf’ panel with Robert Llewelyn and Chris Barrie, they drew a predictably large crowd of enthusiastic fans who were delighted to see the ‘Rimmer ‘salute’in its entirety. The two stars also commanded a queue of autograph seekers in the ‘signing zone’ and were definitely a ‘hit’. The appeal of ‘Red Dwarf’ never wanes and we look forward to seeing more panels featuring the cast at future cons.
Prior to the ‘Red Dwarf’ panel we attended ‘Commander Shepard Uncovered with Mark Meer’ which was extremely insightful and there were some good probing questions from the audience and Meer was an engaging interviewee. We are keen gamers ourselves and we were particularly interested to listen in on this. We hope to see this item repeated at future events and it is evident Meer is such a coveted voice actor.
UK Garrison and Rebel Legion UK were present for Star Wars fans to have photographs taken with, their costumes never fail to amaze us and it wouldn’t be MCM without them. This time we were excited to see Chewbacca, no mean feat remaining in that size of costume for such a length of time. We had an interesting discussion with one of the members of ‘UK Garrison’ with regards to putting together our own costumes, and we recommend any Star Wars enthusiast who would like to ‘cosplay’ as accurately as they do to get in touch with them and join the forum. Equally you can speak with ‘Rebel Legion’ if you would rather be a Jedi or similar. Links are here http://www.ukgarrison.co.uk/ http://www.rebellegion.com/
We look forward to reporting from future MCM events throughout 2015, suffice to say that Telford has kick-started the year with a bang!