We were delighted with 2011, but 2012 was so beyond our expectations. We knew we would have a great show but the turnout was even greater than we expected. The atmosphere was wonderful. We look forward to returning to Manchester next year and hopefully an even bigger crowd and hall!
Manchester Expo co-organizer Bryan Cooney
Well, I think it is safe to say that the second ever MCM Manchester Expo was a hit. The number of nerds in attendance more than doubled last year’s show turnout. Over 11,300 people visited the fledgling convention and it seemed to be as unexpected to the organizers as it was to the rest of us who were packed in to Manchester Central. Taking a cue from other cons I’ve attended, I ordered the early bird tickets over the internet and was massively glad I did! The queues for regular and pay on the day tickets were ridiculous and did not stop for the entire day!
We arrived around 10.30am and walked straight in, but the place was packed. As with most cons, once people had settled in, the crowed thinned and it made things easier and we managed to get around everything, Including a replica Kitt from Knightrider and some impressive robots and Star Wars memorabilia. We also managed to grab some seats at the front of the free speech area for Warwick Davis, who was more than worth listening too, even if it was a little too short and he didn’t want to get off stage!
The con also featured guests from Merlin and the cast of Young Dracula as well as a Manga voice artist and football legends Peter Shilton, Tony Book, Colin Bell and Mike Summerbee. (Although they did spell Mike Summerbee’s first name wrong on his name card and, instead of replacing it, wrote his name on a piece of white A4 paper and stuck it over!) And, as always, some amazing Cosplayers.
Manga UK’s Head of Marketing & Acquisitions, Jerome Mazandarani said:-
Manga loved attending MCM Manchester Comic Con. It was our first, but won’t be our last. It was excellently organized and very well attended. Manchester is an amazing city and its people are warm and friendly. It was a great atmosphere.
The atmosphere was great, but as I said before, the organizers underestimated the number of attendees, but he is right about Manchester!
Diamond Comic Distributors’ Marketing Manager Mike Holman had this to say:
We attended the show again this year after a successful inaugural show in 2011, and were very pleased to see that MCM had extended the venue and taken a much bigger floor space than the previous year. To say that this year was a success would be a huge understatement! From the opening of the show at 9.30 the flood of attendees didn’t subside throughout the whole day.
And, Namco Bandai Consumer and Community PR Executive, Hollie Bennett added (and even gets in a plug for the company and new game, ever the professional):-
On behalf of Namco Bandai games I can happily say that not only did we thoroughly enjoy our time at MCM Manchester Comic Con, but it was a great event for showing off our upcoming game Tales of Graces f. The venue was great, the fans were brilliant and it’s been amazing to see just how well this show has grown in such a small space of time.
And I could not agree more. The growth of the Manchester MCM Expo is amazing within the space of only a year. This gives me a lot of hope for the future. Hopefully, now they have witnessed the popularity first hand, event organizers will start to take this con a hell of a lot more seriously. Here is hoping that next year will bring a whole lot more equally impressive guests, even bigger floor space, less queuing and some big name comic retailers, not just big Manga names.
We proved our point as far as attendance was concerned, now prove yours and make this one of the best cons in the UK!!!