Event Review: MANCHESTER COMIC CON MCM EXPO 2012

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Starburst was in attendance at this weekend’s MCM Expo Comic Con and we’re pleased to report that its second Manchester event was a rousing success.

A staggering number of fans (a record breaking 11,300 to be precise!) descended on the City’s GMEX (it’s not a train station anymore, who knew?!) to enjoy the hundreds of merch stalls, admire the many props on display (Battle Droids are far scarier in person btw), take in the thousands of extraordinary cosplayers, and try out some of the latest video game properties.

Visitors were also able to chat with special guests such as hugely popular voice actor Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z), Rupert Young (Merlin), Willow himself, the legendary Warwick Davis (sadly the AIDS line didn’t yield a discount), and the cast of Young Dracula. There were also some sports personalities, but we shouldn’t imagine you’re that arsed about them if you’re reading this site. We weren't.

Our only downside (aside from the usual con gripes we're used to - tip: go easy on the sodas, queuing for the toilets is a pain when you're stuck behind a dude trying to find the zipper on his adult Pikachu costume), is that it’s almost impossible to fully appreciate all that’s on offer in the seven and a half hour opening time. It’d be great to see the next Manchester event grow to a two or three day event like its cousins, and considering ticket sales doubled from last year’s debut event, we expect this is something the organisers are looking into right now.

We’re already counting the days til MCM’s next event, which will be held at the ExCel in London on the 26th - 28th of October. You’ll find out more information by visiting the official site here.


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