MCM Manchester Comic closed its doors to a successful weekend of pop culture, superhero fandom and 36,567 sci-fi fans, gamers, comic collectors, movie buffs and anime enthusiasts attending the two-day extravaganza.
Actor, voice artist and screenwriter David Hayter, famous as the voice of Solid Snake in the hugely successful Metal Gear Solid videogame franchise made his MCM Comic Con debut and had fans queuing round the block to meet him for his first ever UK signing!
Lou Ferrigno, star of iconic ‘70s superhero show The Incredible Hulk also headlined the show, alongside Star Wars and Harry Potter legend Warwick Davis, Power Rangers star and acclaimed anime voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch Manu Bennett from Arrow, The Hobbit and Spartacus, Star Trek actress Denise Crosby (also from The Walking Dead and The New Adventures of Superman), as well as Kai Owen and Gareth David-Lloyd, best known to sci-fi fans for their roles in Torchwood.
Doctor Who spin-off series Class also took the show by storm when cast members Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah made an appearance at the fun-filled weekend of geeky goodness.
Manchester Central was bursting with incredible cosplayers, dedicated gamers, passionate comic readers, excited movie buffs and just about every pop-culture niche represented. It was a delight to see so many people turn up for a weekend of unleashing their inner geeks; from adults fulfilling childhood dreams of meeting their childhood icons, to children exploring a new world of superheroes and fantasies for the first time.
The theatre panels were packed over the weekend, with visitors hearing from the likes of Sunday Times best-selling author Simon Scarrow and his former student-turned-writing partner, Lee Francis, as they discussed what makes a best seller, and Alan Partridge fan podcast Monkey Tennis, which recorded new episode at the show, filled with japes, jokes, behind the scenes facts and trivia of the legendary Mancunian.
We’ll be returning in 2018 to celebrate our love for all things pop-culture!