IT’S TIME TO GET ALL DRESSED UP
COMIC CON RETURNS TO MANCHESTER THIS WEEKEND - SO LUCY LOVELL WARNS TO GET READY FOR SOME STRANGE SIGHTS ON THE STREETS...
COSTUMES at the ready – the MCM Manchester Comic Con is back with its biggest ever line up for 2017. Harry Potter legend Warwick Davis, The Incredible Hulk’s Lou Ferrigno and Power Rangers’ star Johnny Yong Bosch will be attending the event, which takes over Manchester Central this Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30.
Also making an appearance is voice artist and screenwriter David Hayter, famous as the voice of Solid Snake in the hugely successful Metal Gear Solid videogame franchise, alongside Star Trek actress Denise Crosby (also from The Walking Dead and The New Adventures of Superman), and a trio of stars from Doctor Who spin-off series Class – Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah.
And new for 2017, visitors can join Alan Partridge fan podcast Monkey Tennis as they record a new episode. Celebrating Manchester’s very own Steve Coogan, visitors can join the gang for a stroll down one-off episode Scissored Isle, which is largely set in Manchester.
And for budding authors or fiction fans, MCM Manchester Comic Con will feature a special panel with Sunday Times best-selling author Simon Scarrow and his former student-turned-writing partner, Lee Francis, as they discuss what makes a best-seller.
Areas within the festival this year include The Steampunk Emporium, a sci-fi steampunk mash up with competitions and activities including tea duelling (a splendid way to settle a dispute) and gin cookery classes with Lady M.
Guests can also stock up on bespoke hats, goggles, holsters, hip flasks, fob watches, and steampunk fashion.
Meanwhile, little superheroes can go wild in the Kid Zone, where facepainting, dressing up and games will keep them entertained throughout the weekend.
Elsewhere at MCM Manchester Comic Con, guests will find a host of comic book artists and writers, Asian culture celebrations, steampunk and children’s entertainment.
And then, of course, there are the exhibitors and retailers, including movie studios, videogame and comic book publishers, anime and manga distributors, and much more.
Last year the comic book, sci fi and fantasy convention brought some rather surreal scenes to Manchester city centre. From Batman to The Borg, the costumed heroes and villains turned heads as they made their way to the venue. We can’t wait to see which comic legends will make an appearance for 2017. Tickets for MCM Manchester Comic Con cost £11 general entry per day in advance, or £15 on the door. Priority costs £15 per day in advance and £20 on the door. Tickets can be purchased online. Children who are 5 years old or under enter for FREE with a Priority Entry ticket holder, the offer is extended to children of age 10 or under with a General Entry ticket holder, and is restricted to a maximum of two children per paying adult.
Saturday Priority Entry Tickets: 9am to 6pm General Entry Tickets: 11am to 6pm Last entry at 17:00 and last re-entry 17:30. Sunday Priority Entry Tickets: 10am to 5pm General Entry Tickets: 11am to 5pm Last entry at 16:00 and last re-entry 16:30.
Be prepared to see some unusual sights on the streets around Manchester Central...
Warwick Davis, star of the Harry Potter films and Star Wars, and American actor Lou Ferrigno (inset), who starred in the Incredible Hulk series from 1977-1982, will appear
Get involved in the recording of an episode of Monkey Tennis, a fan podcast celebrating Alan Partridge