The move comes as advance ticket sales for this month’s Manchester event show a massive 138% increase compared with last year’s event – with hall space at Manchester Central already expanded, the 20th July show looks like being a record breaker.
“Consumers and exhibitors are backing MCM and we needed to respond,” MCM Expo joint managing director Bryan Cooney commented. “By making Manchester Comic Con a weekend event we are increasing the opportunities for everyone”.
“We are delighted that MCM Expo is returning to Manchester Central in 2014,” said Paula Lorimer, Sales Director at Manchester Central. “We are thrilled that the event is growing in size and success, adding another day to their tenancy next year, following huge demand from visitors. Manchester Central looks forward to welcoming MCM Expo for another successful show in 2014.”
The announcement follows MCM Expo’s unveiling of a brand new Glasgow show – the MCM Scotland Comic Con at the SECC on 7 September – and the news that their flagship MCM London Comic Con’s floor space is to expand from 25,000 m2 to 34,000 m2 when it returns in October.
The first two-day MCM Manchester Comic Con will be held at Manchester Central 26-27 July 2014.
• Tickets for this month’s MCM Manchester Comic Con are available at: www.mcmcomiccon.com/manchester/tickets
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.