MCM Comic Con Liverpool 2016
17th March 2016
Last weekend I attended MCM Comic Con Liverpool; the first MCM Comic Con to be held in Liverpool and also my very first Comic Con.
When I bought my weekend priority tickets back in November I was incredibly excited and I waited patiently for the list of guests to be revealed. Honestly, I was quite disappoint with the number and variety of guests who attended. I really would have thought Liverpool’s first Comic Con would have attracted more interest from celebrities. And none of them were actually comic related.
I guess it’s like buying tickets for Glastonbury Festival. You don’t know who will be performing when you buy your tickets but you can still have a good time regardless. And I did have a good time.
As we had priority tickets we got to the venue (Exhibition Centre Liverpool) about half an hour before the doors opened and the queue was huge! However, once the doors were opened we got in pretty quickly and grabbed some free Comic Con t-shirts on the way in.
We started in the area called the Comic Village. I was disappointed with the number of stalls selling actual comics, especially as a comic collector. I think there were only two stalls overall. But if you are looking for a good comic book fair in the Liverpool area then I recommend Golden Orbit which is held a few times throughout the year at the Liner Hotel. That’s where I have picked up most of my comics over the years.
We then got stuck into browsing the rest of the stalls which sold a variety of comic merchandise and handmade items. You have to have a lot of willpower to prevent yourself from over spending at Comic Con but I did pick up a cute Harley Quinn purse because I’ve never seen one like it before, not necessarily because I needed one!
I was keeping an eye out for some nice art work for the house and I found some amazing but tasteful Star Wars prints by a shop called Laser Moon. I didn’t end up buying them as I’m watching my money after the move, but I’m definitely considering purchasing them at a later date.
There was a lot of stalls selling Lego Mini Figures, but be warned; the majority are fake. Some sellers refer to these as “Lego compatible figures” but most don’t. This is just a heads up because some sellers are charging a fortune for them and they’re not even real.
The thing I was probably most excited about was the cosplayers and seeing everyone dressed up. I didn’t cosplay because I just haven’t had time to sort out an outfit with the move, but I kind of regret it as it looks so much fun! My favourite cosplayer was of course the Stormtrooper riding on a Ewok, but there were also some amazing Batmans, Deadpools and Kylo Rens walking around.
Overall I was really impressed with the scale of the event and the number of fans who came out to support it, so hopefully next time more special guests will want to attend. I will definitely be attending Liverpool Comic Con 2017 because I really want to cosplay and because I just love the experience of going to a Comic Con.
Have you ever been to a Comic Con before?
*Apologies for the photo quality. Poor lighting + an inadequate lens = lots of Photoshop work!