MCM Birmingham Comic Con March 2019 Round-Up – Cosplay Photos, Videos & Special Guests!
At the end of March we headed to the first MCM Comic Con of the year in Birmingham. As ever, it was a great few days of fun, cosplay, pop culture, and general geekiness!
If you have never experienced an MCM Birmingham Comic Con before, it takes place over a couple of halls at the NEC which are filled with hundreds of exhibitors and retailers, along with Comic Village and Author Corner packed with ultra-talented artists and writers. There are also a variety of stages showing screenings, guest panels, videogame tournaments and international cosplay competitions. As with all the MCM events throughout the year, everyone is extremely welcoming and friendly, from the staff to the attendees to the guests themselves, it’s a wonderfully inclusive atmosphere.
Comic-Con wouldn’t be Comic-Con without its guests, and MCM had a great line up for the weekend. People this year included Asa Butterfield who is currently starring in ‘Sex Education’ on Netflix with Gillian Anderson, and ‘Supernatural’s Charlie & Kevin – aka Felicia Day and Osric Chau. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to entice these three into the press room for a chat, but they did do some great panels on the main stage. The Felicia & Osric panel on Saturday was particularly timely given the recent announcement that Season 15 would be the long-running series’ last.
Guest we did manage to grab for a chat included Emmy Raver-Lampman & Tom Hopper, aka Allison and Luther from Netflix’s brilliant ‘The Umbrella Academy’; Ian Beattie and Miltos Yerolemou who played Meryn Trant and Syrio Forel in ‘Game Of Thrones’; ‘Merlin’ stars Rupert Young & Alexander Vlahos, otherwise known as Sir Leon & Mordred; Mark Ryan, who has appeared in huge stack of tv and film including playing Gates in ‘Black Sails’, voicing Bumblebee in the ‘Transformers’ movies, and (for the older people amongst you) starring as Nasir in ‘Robin of Sherwood’.
We also sat down with a couple of well-known voice actors. These included the always lovely Veronica Taylor, who is the voice of Ash in ‘Pokemon’ and April in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, and the incredible (if slightly bonkers) Charles Martinet, who is the voice of Nintendo’s Mario, and was a total joy to interview. You can see all of these interviews in the playlist below, or go to our YouTube page.
Comic Village was, as ever, a hive of talented artists and writers showing off their latest comic book creations. Our old friend Jeremy Biggs of Subversive Comics, was there surrounded by some brilliant zombie teddy bears, promoting the epic ‘Bearlands’, cyberpunk ‘Metal Made Flesh’, and ‘Super Robot MAYHEM‘. As was TPub, the people behind Tabatha, Turncoat, Theatrics, and the hugely popular Twisted Dark series. They have a new book out this Con called The Theory, which takes the anthology idea of Twisted Dark, but transposes it into a sci-fi setting. Our very own Bex Trista hosted a panel up on the main stage with creator Neil Gibson along with various writers and artists who contributed to the new anthology.
If you’re a fan of indie comic books, make sure you click and subscribe to the lovely Bex’s TristaBytes YouTube channel for lots of indie comic video interviews and other great video content.
Whilst some come to these Cons for the comic or the guests, a huge and lovely group of people come for the cosplay, and really outdid themselves again. As I have with the previous few shows, I joined in with my DC Red Hood cosplay (pictured below next to the Nightmare Red Hood). I’ve always found the cosplay communities at these events to be a really friendly group of people, and happy to stop and take photos when you ask. Some of my favourites this Con included the couple Shrek and Fiona cosplay, the Lego Hellraiser, and the Darth Joker.
You can see all of our photos and cosplay photos from MCM Birmingham Comic Con March 2019 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. I’m still working through edits of the Con, so for more cosplay and cosplay edits, make sure you subscribe to our Instagram feed.