Not to be missed by any self appreciating nerd, November brings us our favourite convention Comic Con!
A place for all pop culture enthusiasts to unite, Comic Con began as the brainchild of Paul Miley some 14 years ago when he had an idea to create a large scale collectors show. A partnership was formed with Bryan Cooney and over the years the idea transformed into MCM (Movies, comics, movies) ‘Comic Con.’
Today, the Comic Con events have become signature pop culture shows in the UK and Ireland, fusing together the best of movies, gaming, anime, comics, television, gadgets and toys.
The events take place in cities and towns across the UK including Telford, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin, Glasgow and London, bringing together brand new game releases, exclusive screenings, panels of special guests from the industry as well as a whole host of other interesting content including a SteamPunk and VidFest area.
Here at at 8Ball we consider ourselves the epitome of all things geeky and whether you’re a dedicated Comic Con attendee or just plain intrigued…Here are our three favourite areas.
Comic village offers the largest gathering of Comic Creators in the UK bringing together all styles and levels. The Comic village area also has a dedicated stage hosting panels from some of the top names in the Comic World, sharing insights into their new creations and offering guidance as well as partaking in Q&A’s.
MCM London Comic Con brings together the UK’s top dealers offering merchandise from both the UK and abroad in Movies, Anime, Manga, TV, Comics, Trading Cards, Actions Figures and the list goes on.
So if you are looking for that new or old action figure or a hard to get trading card you’re sure to find it at the Comic Con trading zone.
Transport yourself to the far east in the Pop Asia area…
PopAsia offers a fusion of Japanese, Korean & Asian culture. As well as an array of fashion, food, the PopAsia stage also hosts its own entertainment packages. Past exhibitors have included the Wagashi Japanese Bakery, the largest manufacturer of sweet treat ‘Dorayaki’ in the UK.
Calling all sci-fi geeks…the ‘Revenge of the Empire’ is the perfect comic con for you. The day will feature leading cast members from a number of films and shows including the Star Wars trilogy, Doctor Who and Harry Potter.
Some of the special guests that’ll be attending the day include Eastenders star John Altman, Star Wars’ Chris Parsons, Doctor Who star Sophie Aldred and Mad Max 2 star Virginia Hey.
And…there’s a chance to enter the Con Cosplay competition in which you can dress up as the comic creation of your choice.
Dates: 15th November
Address: Holiday Inn, 1 Higher Bridge, Bolton, BL1 2EW
Birmingham’s Comic Con is to be held in the NEC next month and there’s an exciting list of stars that are set to appear during the weekend. If you are getting excited for the launch of the new Star Wars film, why not head to meet some of the cast including Amanda Noar, Angus MacInnes, Chris Bunn and Ian Liston… just to name a few.
For those of you who are more into recent film and TV shows, you’ll find Fortitude actor Julian Seager and Harry Potter star Simon Fisher-Becker.
Enter the comic village in which you’ll find a selection of famous artists and writers. Here you can watch the Cosplay masquerade and watch on- stage panels of different casts.
There are still plenty of tickets left for this event, check out their website for more updates on this.
Dates: 21nd-22nd November 2015
Address: Pendigo Lake, Birmingham, West Midlands B40 1NT
Contact: 0121 780 4141
This November, there’s going to be a range of TV and film stars heading to Newcastle who will be on hand to sign autographs and also to join you on special photoshoots so you can treasure that time you met your hero.
It’s the perfect event choice for those who are into their fantasy TV shows. There will be members from the cast of Doctor Who including the legendary Colin Baker, Samuel Anderson and Peter Purves. But, if westeros is more up your street, there’s a chance to meet Game of Thrones stars including Ian Beattie, Kate Dickie, Ben Hawkey and Toby Sebastian.
Dates: 21nd- 22nd November 2015
Address: Arena Way, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE4 7NA
Contact: 0844 493 6666
With Comic Con on our minds, bag yourself a gaming, TV, movie, music or retro tee from 8Ball to ensure that you’re ready for the Comic Con action whether you’re heading down to the event or following the activity on social.
Will you be attending Comic Con this year?
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