28 March 2017 Insider’s Guide
Comic Book Conventions, or Comic Cons, are hugely popular around the globe, forming some of the biggest celebrations of modern pop culture and covering film, sci-fi, gaming, anime, manga, comic books, cosplay, web comics, and fantasy novels. There are plenty of Comic Cons happening around the UK this year, drawing a huge number of fans from all around the country.
If you’re considering visiting a comic con and experiencing all the excitement (and weirdness) we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular comic cons in the UK. If you’re planning on visiting one of these conventions, save your money for the actual event and book a cheap hotel room at the nearest easyHotel, spending as little as £19.99 a night!
Here are our top comic con picks:
MCM London Comic Con
26th – 28th May, ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock
Drawing over 130 000 visitors in 2016, MCM London is a massive extravaganza of all things nerd: cosplay celebrations, a Comic Village area for independent comic artists, gaming, theatres, panels of special guests and signings are just a few of the things you’ll find here. This year’s convention is expecting special guest appearances from Lou Ferrigno, star of iconic 70s show The Incredible Hulk; Summer Glau, famous for playing River Tam in the space western Firefly and follow-up Serenity, as well as starring in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Sam Jones of the 1980 sci-fi classic Flash Gordon; and Star Trek legend Nichelle Nichols, who famously played Lieutenant Uhura.
For more info, head to the site here.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in London during your trip, book a cheap stay at easyHotel London Old Street, and get to ExCel in less than 45 minutes.
Birmingham Comic Con
29th April, Edgbaston Stadium
Alongside all of the standard comic con activities, this Birmingham based convention has guest appearances lined up from Colin Baker of Dr Who, Ross O’Hennessy of Game of Thrones, Clem So of Dr Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy & Dr Who, Patricia Quinn of Rocky Horror Show & Dr Who, and many more.
There’ll also be a number of awesome instillations such as a Star Wars display, a Nostromo Aliens spacecraft model, and a life size Warhammer Dreadnought just to name a few.
Looking for a cheap hotel in Birmingham? Edgbaston is a speedy 20-minute bus ride from easyHotel Birmingham.
London Super Comic Con
25th – 27th August, Business Design Centre, Angel
LSCC is on of the UK's biggest and most exciting comic book convention, with over 18 000 people attending in 2016. With a massive show floor boasting the latest and best in comics, comic-related memorabilia, superheroes, and graphic novels, this convention is heaven for serious comic book fans. Special guests include super talented creators like Simone Bianchi, Jae Lee, Erica Schultz, Dan Slott and many more; which you’ll bee able to meet in panels and autograph sessions. There are also loads of great exhibitors showcasing items from comics, cosplay, art & toys.
MCM Glasgow Comic Con
23rd & 24th September, SECC Glasgow
MCM Glasgow will include a Comic Village, a cosplay competition and a hugely popular VidFest, covering YouTube, Animations, Vlogging, Web Series, Live streaming, among other attractions. You’ll also get the chance to meet some of the best video and web series creators such as Meg Turney, Tomska, Andrew Lee Potts, Cops and Monsters and more.
Stay at easyHotel Glasgow for under £20, and walk to the convention in under half an hour.
London Film & Comic Con
28th – 30th July, London Olympia
This huge convention is mainly focused on the film industry, bringing stars of TV, film and comics for panel talks, discussions, screening, photo shoots, panels and autograph sessions. 2017 has a huge line up of stars including John Cleese, Christopher Lloyd, Ron Perlman, Alan Tudyk, Tricia Helfer, Will Wheaton and many, many more. For a full list, look here.
The convention also includes video gaming - retro, modern & VR; cosplay - with a cosplay masquerade competitions and professional photography; and a comic zone - including rare back issues, latest releases, posters, action figures, and original art. Meet the artists and writers and collect all the autographs you want.
Book a room at one of the easyHotel locations in London, and save loads of money while enjoying a stay in the heart of London. Olympia is easily accessible from a number of our locations: 10-minute walk from easyHotel London Earls Court, 20-minute walk from easyHotel London South Kensington, and under 30 minutes journey from easyHotel London Paddington & easyHotel London Victoria.
MCM Manchester Comic Con
29th & 30th July, Manchester Central
Taking place at the height of summer, MCM in Manchester will hold the classic cosplay, panel, gaming and comic book activities.
Check out this clip of last year’s convention to see what you can expect to see:
An easy 20-minute walk from easyHotel Manchester, sort out your stay now.
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