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32,188 visitors for MCM Birmingham Comic Con

by Nicola Macdonald

MCM Comic Con held its first con of the year in March, battling through the snow for its most feature-packed Birmingham event yet.

Back with bigger guests and more interactive content, MCM Birmingham Comic Con saw 32,188 individual pop culture fans, superheroes, gamers, comic collectors, movie buffs and anime enthusiasts descend on the NEC on 17-18 March.

Fans went behind the scenes of Netflix’s major new series Altered Carbon, as Richard K Morgan, author of the classic cyberpunk noir novel and James Purefoy, who stars as Laurens Bancroft, took to the stage over the weekend.

The cast and crew of ITV2’s new spy spoof comedy series Action Team were also on hand to discuss the making of their ‘The Bourne Identity /The Naked Gun mash-up’ while showing exclusive footage from the show.

“Our first show of 2018 was a resounding success, and it was wonderful to see the number of fans who braved the cold weather to visit the show,” said Danny Aindow, MCM national event manager. “We’ve spent time getting to know our fans better, and that was apparent with the show we put on; a renewed ‘fan first’ approach delivered an incredible atmosphere of community and fun.”

“The Birmingham fans gave great support to the show, even with the wintery weather,” added Mary Franklin, global event director for ReedPOP, which bought MCM in 2017.

“It was so good to see them come out, meet their fellow fans, and enjoy the weekend. Saturday sold out for the first time in MCM Comic Con Birmingham history. We’ll do our best to keep listening to what they want and providing them with new experiences they enjoy.”

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