MCM Comic Con arrived at Birmingham’s NEC with a bang! This was the first full weekend we have been able to cover in a long time and it was a fantastic experience. With special guests including Six Million Dollar Man star Lee Majors was one of the biggest attractions, with long queues of fans waiting for his autograph, a photo or the chance to see him in a Q & A session in the theatre. Liv Tyler was also in ‘the house’ on Sunday and attracted a huge buzz to the event. Add Starship Troopers and Saw star Dina Meyer to the mix, and Comic Con was the place to be.
Fantom Films had also brought a wide selection of guests from the world of sci-fi and beyond, swelling the Memorabilia signing area, also joined by K9 who looked resplendent and was a favourite of our little boy’s. The Kid Zone was a big hit, the idea of collecting stickers from around the hall and trading the full quota in for a super hero cape appealed to us as well as to our smallest member of the team. It’s a nice memory of this particular Comic Con that we’ll keep and look back on, as long as it stays in one piece!
There always seems to be a great selection of stalls at the November Comic Con, with Christmas around the corner it’s an ideal time for a shopping trip and there was plenty of choice for all fandoms.
The theatre not only boasted the Q & A with Lee Majors, but also a Q & A on both days with Dina Meyer and an interesting panel with Wireless director and star Andrew-Lee Potts. The piece de resistance was the Star Wars auction, 21 conceptual visuals from the Designer and Illustrator Ralph McQuarrie (commissioned by Gorge Lucas) were auctioned off in aid of Acorns Hospice. We can report that they sold for a whopping £9,750!
The cosplay parades showcased some of the best costumes from the weekend, with some worthy winners who displayed talent as costumiers and performers. The standard of entrants gets more impressive all the time. We can’t wait for next year!