The Manchester edition of MCM Comic Con has proclaimed its 2012 event a resounding success after attracting nearly double the number of attendees as last year.
The one-day show at Manchester Central on 21 July reported 11,300 visitors (unaudited) to its second annual edition in the North West, ranging from gamers to sci-fan fans, anime aficionados and comic collectors.
“We were delighted with 2011 but 2012 was so beyond our expectations,” Manchester Comic Con co-organiser Bryan Cooney said. “We knew we would have a great show but the turnout was even greater than we expected.”
Highlights included several movie stars and industry celebrities such as Life’s Too Short star Warwick Davis; Rupert Young and Tom Hopper from the BBC’s Merlin; and the cast of Young Dracula. The event also featured the ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ zone, a comic village and the Cosplay Masquerade hosted by anime voice artist Vic Mignogna.
Cooney said it is now looking into securing a larger hall and bigger crowd for its return to Manchester in 2013. Floor space between 2011 and 2012 was up 50 per cent year-on-year and featured about 50 exhibitors.