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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

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