MCM Comic Con – Liverpool, 11-12 March 2017

MCM Comic Con is a multi-genre pop-culture fan convention held annually in several cities across the United Kingdom, with London, Birmingham and Manchester venues being the most attended ones. The MCM Comic Con is organised by the MCM (Movie – Comic – Media) Expo Group, part of the MCM Central.

The convention mainly focuses on fantasy, horror and science fiction genres, covering assorted genre-related media, such as books, comics, manga, anime, video games, television and cinema, mainly from the United Kingdom, USA and Japan, but also from many other countries from all around the world. The event is frequently attended by movie and television show stars as well as various memorable industry personalities and other celebrities.

After establishing itself as the biggest show of its kind in Europe with London MCM Comic Con, and gradually adding many new venues throughout the UK (Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow being only some of them) MCM Expo Group listened to the voices of fans, sponsors and exhibitors who have long been asking for a Merseyside-based show, and after the last year’s debut, MCM Comic Con returns to Liverpool for the 2nd time, where it will be held from 11 to 12 March 2017 at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, the brand new, state-of-the-art exhibition centre strategically located directly on Liverpool’s waterfront.

MCM Liverpool Comic Con will feature a large floor space reserved for corporate exhibitors, which usually include well-known movie studios and TV stations, as well as a separate section for private exhibitors and dealer stalls run by private sellers trading in genre-related books, comics, action figures and other assorted merchandise and memorabilia.

The highlights of this year’s Liverpool MCM Comic Con will be: Special Guests (see the detailed list below), Photo with the Stars Area, Comic Village (Workshop for Comic Creators and Fans of the Comics Medium alike), Theatre (with previews of upcoming genre-related films and television series), Cosplay & Masquerade, Stalls with Memorabilia and Dealer Stalls.

In addition, MCM Comic Con Liverpool will be staging The Steampunk Emporium area, with crafty makers and artists on the stand happy to talk about their Steampunk-inspired creations as well as offer specialist advice on how to create similar items. Costume specialists will be ready to answer any practical questions and talk about novel ideas for creating imaginative and original Steampunk-themed outfits.

Being a family-friendly event, young visitors will be catered for too in a MCM KidZone (with Face Painting, Kid’s Reading Corner, a free Mini Superhero Cape and Meet the Lorax area; additionally, all kids 5 years old or under go for free as long as they are accompanied by a Priority Entry ticket holder).

Special Guests:

Sam J. Jones – American actor who is best known for portraying the titular character in the 1980’s science fiction classic Flash Gordon.

Chris Barrie – British actor and comedian who first achieved success as a voice impressionist in the ITV sketch show Spitting Image. He is however best known for his role as Arnold Rimmer - nerdy, petty and cowardly crew member of the spaceship Red Dwarf in the cult sci-fi sitcom of the same name.

Danny John-Jules – English actor famous for playing the role of Cat in the sci-fi television comedy series Red Dwarf since its inception

Peter Davison – English actor best known for his portrayal of the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in the cult science fiction television series Doctor Who, which he played from 1981 to 1984.

Greg Austin – English actor best known for his role as Charlie Smith in the BBC’s Doctor Who spin-off science fiction TV series Class.

Fady Elsayed – English actor best known for his role as Ram Singh in the BBC’s Doctor Who spin-off science fiction TV series Class.

Trina Nishimura – prolific American voice actress of Japanese descent who has worked on dozens of anime titles, notably Attack on Titan and Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie.

Among the numerous celebrities attending MCM Liverpool Comic Con in March 2017 are (clockwise from top left): Chris Barrie from 'Red Dwarf' cast, Sam J. Jones, Greg Austin and Vic Mignogna (shown here as one of the countless anime characters he provided his voice for – Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist).

Bryce Papenbrook – American voice actor who has done voice work for several anime studios as well as numerous video game developers and has provided the voice for many anime and video game characters, particularly those of young male protagonists. Among his noted anime appearances are those in TV series Space Dandy, Attack on Titan and Aldnoah Zero.

Vic Mignogna – American voice actor known for his prolific voice-over work in the English dubs of Japanese anime shows (he provided his voice for well over 100 anime titles), the most notable being Edward Elric in the Fullmetal Alchemist series, for which he received the prestigious American Anime Award for Best Actor in 2007.

Andrew Lee Potts – English actor best known for his role as the quirky Connor Temple in the science fiction television series Primeval.

Paul Michael Glaser – American actor, well-known for his role as Detective David Starsky in the detective-thriller television series Starsky & Hutch from 1975 to 1979.

David Soul – American-British actor, well-known for his role as Detective Kenneth ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson in the detective-thriller television series Starsky & Hutch from 1975 to 1979.

Antonio Fargas – American actor best known for his portrayal of ‘Huggy Bear’ in the 1970’s detective-thriller TV series Starsky & Hutch.

Louise Brealey – English actress most known for playing Dr Amelia Frayn in Ripper Street, Molly Hooper in Sherlock and student nurse Roxanne Bird in Casualty television series.

Not Attending:

Billie Piper – English actress and former singer, known to the fans of the sci-fi genre as Rose Tyler – a travelling companion to the ninth Doctor Who, was also expected to attend the event, but announced that she will no longer be appearing due to filming commitments.