Comic Con seems to be getting more and more popular each year, drawing even more attention from both loyal fans and newcomers. Personally, I'm still quite new to the whole convention business, having only attended one before. Nevertheless, my excitement for MCM Comic Con Birmingham March 2017 could not be understated. After my enthralling visit last year left me hungry for another experience of the magic I had experienced.
Ticket PricingTicket pricing is a massive factor in conventions. Fortunately, MCM Comic Con seem to have got this right though. Ticket pricing is simple and easy, and most importantly, affordable for the majority. I personally purchased a General Access Sunday ticket, which cost me the princely sum of £12, quite reasonable in my opinion. A Priority Access ticket will allow you to enter the convention earlier than General Ticket holder. Whilst I can't give a 100% solid figure of pricing, seeing as I didn't purchase one and the option to buy them is of course gone, I believe the price to be around £17 - £20, not terrible for the advantage of early entry.
Convention SizeWhen I stepped into my first Comic Con last year, the first thing that hit me was the scale of it. There was no word to describe it other than massive. This year, some of that feeling was lost. When queuing for entry, you enter a large hall and you can see the convention in front of you, and it kind of makes you feel as though the size has been downscaled. Personally, I think the feeling of enormity I had upon entering the convention last year was something that really formulated my opinion on the event, and the fact that that feeling had been somewhat lost this time around was a tad disappointing, and it was easy to think that the convention was much smaller this time around.
Variety of attractionsIf you were to try to pick faults in a MCM Comic Con convention, variety would not be one. There is a massive myriad of vendors and activities here, with quite literally something for everyone. Almost every sub-culture is catered to, from the mainstream gamers, to manga readers, to steampunk enthusiasts and everything in-between. Culture can and will change at each and every stall. One minute you're enthralled in the world of graphic design, the next you're admiring some truly stunning handmade art pieces, and the next you're sipping on a Japanese soft drink. The variety is mind-boggling.
CosplayersPerhaps one of the main attractions to a Comic Con convention is the cosplay element. Whether you're dressing up or just going there as a fan, cosplay is one of the guarantees of the event, and this time was no exception.
ConclusionOverall, the question still needs to be asked, how was it? With this being my second convention, the initial sense of amazement and overwhelming wonder is slightly lost, but this would be the same for everybody that has attended at least one convention before. Where that feeling of amazement is slightly lost, it is more than made up for by the massive community of friendly people in attendance, the approachable and helpful vendors behind the stalls, and the massive variety of cultures available to peruse at ones leisure.
The tickets are great value. Expect to spend a lot of money inside the convention itself, but hey, what else do you expect? Some of the stuff on offer here you would never see elsewhere, and even stuff that you can find online is offered at a cheaper price either per-item, or with a nice multi-buy offer. MCM Comic Con Birmingham March 2017 was a massive success.
The next Birmingham Comic Con is late November, and I will undoubtedly be attending.
To view all of the images I took at MCM Comic Con Birmingham March 2017, click here.