Following its debut in 2016, Liverpool became host to Comic-Con once again this 11th & 12th of March 2017. Held at the Exhibition Centre in the beautiful Albert Dock area, the presence of an array of stalls, dressed-up guests and famous actors and voiceover artists were a sight to behold by all who attended.
Japan:Cool & Tamashii Nations
Our first time at Liverpool, our gunpla and mecha model kit stall had Bandai’s new releases, such as the Vidar from Iron-Blooded Orphans and the Deathtrooper from Star Wars. Additionally, we had a space dedicated to our Tamashii Nations’s limited edition premium collectibles, following our recent partnership with them at London Comic-Con. Check our website Japan-Cool.co.uk for Sci-Fi & Animé fuelled kits and figures. Tamashii themselves were also present, providing a display of high-end figures from Star Wars, Sailor Moon and more.
Comic Books from Travelling Man & More
With the event having ‘Comic’ in its name, it’s no surprise to find plenty of popular and obscurely-known manga and graphic novels waiting to be nabbed by a fan looking for the next in their favourite series, or for those beginning their comic-reading journey. You can always ask the staff for recommendations which is great for those craving a jump into a different universe. Always at MCM, Travelling Man is a great place to start, the biggest comic book stall at the event.
GAME, BBT Clothing, Metal Art Productions
Games, consoles and geek merchandise galore… At MCM, you really are spoiled for choice. Amongst many others, GAME & BBT Clothing are shown exhibiting their goodies. Worthy of a mention, Metal Art Productions were situated next to one of the Hall Entrances, displaying their spectacular hand made metal sculpture. These are made from recycled metal parts, such as springs, chains, exhaust pipes and more, and welded together by one of their highly skilled artists.
Art & Comic Village
Be sure to swing by Comic Village, a section of the convention which is always present, with the artists and comic writers & illustrators ready to discuss their work and even sign the prints that catch your eye. Along with Lee Bradley and John McCrea, this area features a wide variety of very talented artists – and it’s hard to walk away without buying a print or comic. Canvas Art can also be found dotted around Comic-Con.
Game of Thrones & The Sword Stall
A dream for any Game of Thrones fanatic, the Fancosmic Iron Throne Experience had their incredible replica of Aegon the Conquerer’s throne. Forged from the swords of enemies, anyone seated will be momentarily transported to the Great Hall of the Red Keep. If you’re looking for weapon replicas from Game of Thrones or other shows, movies and games, look no further than The Sword Stall. Another regular exhibitor, the chance to own a weapon from your wish list couldn’t be simpler.
VSR Landspeeder (Star Wars)
For a charity donation, attendees could have their photo taken with Kylo Ren & Rey cosplayers beside a X-34 Landspeeder; Star Wars fans could also pose with a Stormtrooper helmet.
A family event, an area was dedicated for everyone’s little ones, with free Superhero Capes, a fully-supplied drawing area, free face painting and even a Truffula Tree Forest Valley from the movie ‘The Lorax’ for the kids to roam around in, as any of their favourite characters. There was also a reading corner for families looking for somewhere to sit back and relax.
Stars of Red Dwarf: Chris Barrie (Rimmer) & Danny John-Jules (Cat). Regulars at Comic-Con, make sure you take the opportunity to meet the crew. Autographs and photo sessions are available for a price, or alternatively, take a selfie and have a delightful conversation for free! (I always do!) I also had to thank Chris (Rimmer) later on for giving me one of my favourite shots of the day; pulling a face at a moment where the crowd had parted. I told him it looks awesome, and in Rimmer’s fashion, he replied “Of course it does!”.
Starsky & Hutch
Stars of Starsky & Hutch: Paul Michael Glaser, David Soul & Antonio Fargas. This was a real delight for the fans, with the actors offering autographs and photo shoot sessions, and for the main highlight… a 5 minute ride in the Gran Torino with Paul and David themselves!
The cosplayed guests is one of the main reasons people attend Comic-Cons. Whether it’s as a cosplayer or not, there’s nothing quite as colourful, and sometimes nor as nostalgic, as walking through a myriad of your favourite TV, Movie & Game characters. With guests being asked to be photographed (by the guests and/or the press) due to the craftsmanship of their costumes, it really is an event that can put anyone into the spotlight!
Our Japan:Cool stall will be at MCM Birmingham Comic-Con this weekend (18th & 19th March 2017). We can’t wait for yet another great Comic-Con experience in the UK.
(Blog & Photography by Dizma Dahl)
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