13th Mar2019

MCM Comic Con returns to Birmingham

by Phil Wheat

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MCM starts its 2019 convention season with a bang this month, as MCM Birmingham Comic Con returns to the NEC on 23rd-24th March for another fun-filled weekend of geeky goodness. The biggest comic con in the Midlands, MCM Birmingham comes packed with pop culture content, exclusive products and an awesome array of special guests, including:

  • Asa Butterfield , star of acclaimed new Netflix comedy drama Sex Education;
  • The Umbrella Academy cast members Tom Hopper (Black Sails, Game of Thrones, Merlin) and series breakout star Emmy Raver-Lampman (Hamilton, Wicked);
  • Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario. Martinet has played Nintendo’s iconic mascot in more than 100 videogame titles – a Guinness World Record;
  • Veronica Taylor (Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and fellow voice actor Patricia Summerset (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
  • Supernatural’s Felicia Day (The Guild, Mystery Science Theater 3000) & Osric Chau (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Kings of Con);
  • Game of Thrones’ Miltos Yerolemou (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Danish Girl) and Ian Beattie (Alexander, Vikings); and
  • Merlin Alexander Vlahos (Versailles) and Rupert Young (Doc Martin).

As well as spectacular special guests, MCM Birmingham will play host to a Comic Village crammed with talented artists and writers; a Cosplay Stage showcasing the colourful costumes and crafting skills of the UK’s cosplay community and an eclectic range of exhibitors selling everything from toys and film props to original artwork and anime. There’s also the new Treehouse interactive area with face painting, free-play Lego, book readings and Jedi training to keep your youngest superheroes entertained – and this year kids can go free as up to two children aged 10 and under get into MCM for free with all ticket holders!

Visitors will also get the chance to:

  • Take part in a Hellboy Cosplay Competition, celebrating the 25th anniversary of legendary comic book creator Mike Mignola’s most famous creation;
  • Enjoy a special live D&D show with the Outside Xbox crew, as Dungeon Master Johnny Chiodini takes the ragtag Oxventurers on their latest perilous quest;
  • Watch on-stage panels, including Tom Hopper and Emmy Raver-Lampman talking The Umbrella Academy and a Sex Education chat with show star Asa Butterfield;
  • Get a first look at Birmingham-based supernatural series Lucid the Dreamwalker;
  • Discover the next big thing, as editors from Den of Geek, SFX, SciFiNow and other pop culture publications debate the future of the genre; and
  • Train in LED sabre fighting techniques thanks to the Silver Sabres Combat Academy.

Weekend tickets are expected to sell out soon. Tickets for MCM Birmingham Comic Con are available from their online store. To stay up-to-date with show news, visit mcmcomiccon.com/birmingham.

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