If you were in attendance at the NEC on 21st March 2015, you could have been there for one of many reasons The Education Show, The Photography Show or as Vulture Hound was, the Birmingham MCM Comic-Con. It is perhaps this mix of various shows that led to some very perplexed looks in the Piazza of the NEC as people dressed as Deadpool and Batman, crossed paths with head-teachers and seasoned photographers.
There are numerous MCM Expo’s across the UK in the calender year, with this being the first visit to Birmingham for 2015. With special guests including Warwick Davies, ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Laurie Holden and all round legend Colm Meaney to name but a few their was a huge draw to the event with punters queueing up to get an autograph and photo from their favourite film and TV stars.
A big part of these shows, is not just the special guests in attendance but is the burgeoning cosplay scene in the UK. Cosplay is huge in America at the likes of San Diego Comic-con, as can be seen in the Morgan Spurlock directed ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope‘. These expo’s feature droves of people dressed as their favourite film, TV, Game and Animé Characters with 2015 not being an exception to that. Our highlights included Lego Batman, Iron-Man’s nemesis Whiplash and as always a large number of Matt Smith’s, David Tenant’s, Deadpool’s and Harley Quinn’s. The cosplay scene is a full on community with everyone taking photos with each other, gathering costume tips and just generally being massively supportive of a hobby that those on the outside might question.
The cosplay highlight of MCM Birmingham was the 15th anniversary of the UK Garrison which is the largest Star Wars costuming group the UK. The anniversary was marked with a 200 strong parade of Storm Troopers, Jedi’s and Tusken Raider’s through the halls of the NEC, and even a Chewbacca in a lift!
If you want to discover more about the world of Comic-con, it might be worth checking out ‘Tom Felton Meets the Superfans’ this Monday night on BBC3, which was filmed partly at last November’s Comic-con in Birmingham and looks to explore the growing con market. Or failing that get yourself down to a con, it’s a great chance to meet your favourite stars, see some cool costumes and pick up some sweet ass merchandise (like a French ‘Jaws 3’ movie poster, like we did). You don’t have to dress up if you don’t want to, however next year I might just.