MCM Birmingham – March 2015 Preview
Watch out, Birmingham! MCM is invading the NEC once again with stars, spectacles and geek culture fun! So, what exciting things are in store for excited convention-goers?
On the weekend of March 21st – 22nd 2015, the popular MCM convention returns after a stellar event in November. The large event – which incorporates the Memorabilia show – focuses on a broad range of mediums, including comic books, television, film, gaming, fashion and Japanese culture.
MCM provides a shopper’s paradise and it can be expected that a large variety of dealer stalls will be populating the event, offering the chance to purchase those hard to get collectables, as well as DVD’s, Anime and Manga products, artwork, comic books, trading cards and much, much more!
Speaking of comic books, there is also the ‘comic village’, where a gathering of new and experienced artists and writers in the industry will share their works and engage with the public over their creations. You may even find a new comic book series to collect! Some of the attendees for the March weekend include 3rd Phase Studios, Big Punch Studios, Choizilla, Clover Lee, Hungry Design, Jess Bradley Illustration, Killer Bunny, Kiwi, Romantically Apocalyptic, Subversive Media and so many other creative teams and individuals.
It wouldn’t be MCM without a line up of stars from film and television, so let me give you a small taste of the special guest list: Tom Mison and Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow), Virginia Hey (Farscape), Janet Fielding (Doctor Who), Cheryl Fergison (Eastenders), plus many others. More stars might be announced much closer to the show dates, so keep checking back on MCM’s website to keep up to date. (You can find all the links at the bottom of the article.)
On MCM’s main stage there will be scheduled presentations and interactive talks with the stars, plus the Cosplay Masquerade! For those not familiar with Cosplay – the word being a merging of the words ‘costume play’ – it is when people dress up as their favourite characters from a vast range of media or even creations of their own imagination. The Masquerade is a presentation displaying the talents of homemade costumes and vivid character performance. If you wish to participate in this event, you can do so by signing up on MCM’s website.
But if you just want to cosplay in general, you don’t need to sign up for anything, just turn up in costume! A lot of people who attend MCM turn out in costume, whether made by their own fair hands or commissioned. It’s always a big part of the fun of the convention, and many cosplayers don’t mind having their photos taken with other members of the public!
Tickets for the event are available via MCM’s online store. You can purchase general or priority entry, with the latter getting you access to the event an hour before general entry. Tickets can also be purchased at the event, though during busy times, this can take many hours to obtain, so it’s always advisable to pre-purchase tickets to cut down on queuing times.
The NEC is a fantastic venue that will cater to your needs while you attend the event! From previous experience of an MCM event held there, it is bright, spacious and very accommodating! If you want to attend MCM the whole weekend, there are many hotels nearby as well as by Birmingham Airport which has transport between there and Birmingham International Railway Station, which has a connecting walkway through to the NEC. But hurry, places are running out fast!
MCM is a highly enjoyable event for geeks and non-geeks alike. With a great atmosphere and plenty to see and do, it has everything possible to make for an enjoyable event! Please visit the MCM website for more information or to check for updates the scheduled attractions.
Keep an eye out for members of Renegade Revolution, including myself, who will be at the event taking in the excitement for a post-con report and taking plenty of photos for our site and the Facebook page.
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