MCM Birmingham Comic Con returns to the NEC this weekend for another feast of geeky entertainment… and alongside all the exhibitors, comic artists, eSports tournaments and cosplay competitions, the show will be playing host to a great line-up of special guests.
Comic creators and illustrators at the event include John-Paul Bove, Dave Boydell, Alfie Garland, Mike Krome, Alex Lloyd, Alexandra McCarthy, Paul Rose and Elena Vitagliano. Publishers include 3rd Phase Studios, Beyond the Bunker, Fly Comics, Hellbound Media, Orful Comics and Subversive Comics.
Film and TV stars meeting fans at Comic Con include a real sci-fi icon in the shape of Lindsay Wagner (recently at Liverpool MCM), best known as Jaime Sommers in 1970s mega hit The Bionic Woman, but who also guest starred on Warehouse 13; the inimitable Warwick Davis, of Stars Wars and Harry Potter fame, and Tom Mison, who stars as Ichabod Crane in hit supernatural series Sleepy Hollow. And speaking of iconic sci-fi, Red Dwarf’s Robert Llewellyn (Kyrten) and Danny John-Jules (Cat) are taking a break from filming Series XII of the much-loved deep space sitcom to be with us too.
They’ll be joined by Noah Huntley (Snow White and the Huntsman, 28 Days Later), Murdoch Mysteries stars Thomas Craig and Hélène Joy, who play Inspector Brackenreid and pathologist Dr. Julia Ogden in the acclaimed Canadian crime drama, and Primeval‘s Andrew Lee Potts (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Wireless) and Hannah Spearritt, currently appearing in Casualty and an original member of S Club 7.
Cast and crew from sci-fi adventure Pandorica also join the line-up, giving attendees a sneak peek at their upcoming film and taking part in an on-stage Q&A. And gamers will want meet our trio of top voice actors – Paul Amos and Victoria Atkin, who co-star as twin assassins Jacob and Evie Frye in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, and Elias Toufexis, the voice of prehistoric protagonist Takkar in Far Cry Primal and Adam Jensen in the Deus Ex franchise.
Meanwhile, Birmingham Comic Con’s Memorabilia zone will be home to more than 50 guests from the worlds of film and TV, including Shirley Eaton (Goldfinger), Amanda Barrie (Coronation Street), Anthony Higgins (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Danny Webb (Alien 3), Carol Cleveland (Monty Python), Sarah Sutton (Doctor Who), Shane Rimmer (Thunderbirds), Marc Silk (Johnny Bravo) and Catherine Schell (Space: 1999), along with cast from franchises such as Doctor Who, Star Wars, James Bond and Hammer horror.
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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.