MCM Manchester Comic Con July 2018 Round-Up – Cosplay Photos, Videos & Special Guests!
Last weekend we headed up the M6 to join in the fun as MCM Comic-Con hit Manchester at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Of course, this weekend was the only two days this Summer when it’s decided to rain, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from donning their cosplay costumes and having an awesome time!
For those of you who’ve never been to an MCM Comic Con before, it is a giant and wonderfully fun gathering of geekdom, and the MCM Manchester Comic-Con is held in the stunning surroundings of the former Manchester Central railway station. The Con itself is filled with everything a geek could wish for, from tv and film guests to piles of geeky merchandise, and stacks of comic books!
I’ve been covering the MCM events for a number of years now, but this was my first time experiencing MCM Manchester. As is usually the case with this Comic-Con, the people are all incredibly friendly and the cosplayers are usually all happy to pose for photos (just remember to ask first.) You’ll never meet a nicer bunch of folk, from the volunteers to the security, the paid staff, guests and cosplayers. It’s always a fantastic, friendly atmosphere.
MCM always managed to line up a decent array of guests and Manchester was no exception. Some we had interviewed before, some were new, but all were excellent fun to chat with. Firstly we had the lovely Vic Mignogna, the voice actor for Brolly in ‘Dragon Ball Z’, who is always a delight. We also chatted again with The Walking Dead’ stars Khary Payton (King Ezekiel) & Cooper Andrews (Jerry), who are hilarious together. We got to interview the legendary voice of ‘Uncharted’s’ Nathan Drake, Nolan North, and also ‘The 100’, ‘Agents of SHIELD’ and ‘Black Sails’ actor, Zach McGowan. Lastly, we got to talk to the lovely Christopher Judge, aka ‘Stargate’s’ Teal’c and Kratos in ‘God Of War’. There were a few other guests, such as voice actors Troy Baker, Jennifer Hale, Vanessa Marshall and Phil LaMarr, who we didn’t manage to get into the press room, mainly due to them not being able to get away from huge queues of fans wanting photos and autographs.
Although we didn’t manage to get him in the press room, we did manage to video the panel of local Manchester lad Benedict Wong – star of ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and the upcoming tv series ‘Deadly Class’. You can find all the interviews we did at the show in the YouTube playlist below:
When I’m down at MCM in London, I’m usually so busy with interviews that it doesn’t leave much time for looking around the comic book stands. Thankfully, at Manchester, all the press interviews were arranged for Saturday, which left me plenty of time on Sunday to peruse the creative talent in Comic Book Village.
The first person I wanted to chat with was Mike Garley, the creator of ‘Samurai Slasher‘, a book which follows a mythical Samurai warrior returns from the dead to undertake a murderous rampage. No-one and nothing can stand in his way, but that doesn’t stop them from trying. I had a lovely chat with Mike, but he’s not a huge fan of cameras and Bex had already interviewed him at London, I thought we’d use her video rather than put him through the pain of another interview!
Another interesting new title comes from Jed McPherson and is called ‘The Show‘. The book follows Johnny Teevee, who is stuck on a twisted reality tv show, completely isolated from human contact and subjected to all kinds of cruel and unusual treatment – all for your entertainment. It’s basically ‘The Truman Show’ on a shoestring budget with Hunter S. Thompson as the showrunner!
There was also all the regulars such as Jeremy Biggs of Subversive Comics, creator of the zombie teddy bear epic ‘Bearlands’, cyberpunk ‘Metal Made Flesh’, and ‘Super Robot MAYHEM‘. TPub, the people behind ‘Twisted Dark’, ‘Tabatha’, and ‘Theatrics‘, were in attendance, as was the wonderfully bonkers ‘Moon‘ from Beyond The Bunker, which is the story of how the Moon spends his days as a crime-fighting superhero.
Finally, we come to the cosplay. Whilst there was quite the array of cosplayers you would see at MCM London, Manchester still did themselves proud with a great mix of different outfits. You can see all of our cosplay photos from MCM Manchester Comic Con – July 2018 below. If you are in any of the photos, thank you for posing, and if you want the super high res version of the picture, just message me via the contact page, and I’ll email it over.