The Comic Book Convention is an event that has grown wildly in popularity over recent years, attracting fans of all things pop culture, and giving them unmissable opportunities to meet celebrities and like-minded fans. Whether it is comic books, science fiction, video games, movies or TV, comic-cons - and there lots of them happening in cities around the world - are the places where real life meets fantasy and anyone with a hankering to be Spider-Man or Wonder Woman can let their inner superhero come flying out. These are some of the biggest events in the pop culture aficionado's diary.
Comic-Con International: San Diego
Comic-Con International: San Diego. This one is hailed as the super-con, the biggest comic-con of all. If you were going to save up for one international mega comic immersion superfest, this American extravaganza would be the one. To be held between July 19 and 22 (with a preview on July 18) in southern California, this is the con that started it all. Its history goes back to 1970, and this jam-packed event is crammed with special celebrity guests, artists, the Oscars of the comic world, competitions, autographs and more than 100,000 enthusiastic attendees.
Comic-Con International Presents WonderCon Anaheim
Comic-Con International Presents WonderCon Anaheim. This is the sister event to the one in San Diego. Located close to Los Angeles, the Anaheim con can attract some of the biggest names in movies and TV. Another huge event, it features special guests from the entertainment industry, exhibits, and lots of activities. It all happens March 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Centre.
MCM London Comic Con
MCM London Comic Con: This is the largest annual pop culture spectacular in the UK. Held at the massive Excel centre from May 25 to 27, it will showcase props and costumes from popular films and shows, cosplay, celebrities, actors who portray much loved superheroes and panels where artists, writers and directors talk about their special projects. There will also be exhibitors, gamers and opportunities to meet icons and even get their autographs.
MCM Birmingham Comic Con
MCM Birmingham Comic Con: this is all happening on the 17th and 18th of March at the NEC. It promises to be an action-packed event, with panel sessions, interactive activities, cosplay, and theatre. There will also be a schedule crammed with special appearances by iconic characters and those who bring them to life. All kinds of memorabilia will be on sale, and there will be a steampunk area too.
MCM Manchester Comic Con
MCM Manchester Comic Con. This event welcomed more than 35,000 passionate pop culture enthusiasts last year, and is set to welcome even more in 2018. It will take place on July 28 and 29 at Manchester Central, featuring cosplayers, celebrities, artists, exhibits, and loads of fun.
Edinburgh Comic Con
Edinburgh Comic Con. Scotland will be welcoming international representatives of the comic world, and will host a huge range of activities for comic lovers on the 14th and 15th of April at the EICC. Fun events will include photo opportunities, world renowned artists, cosplay and cosplay championships, demonstrations, a huge array of geeky stalls and exhibits, and a retro arcade. The con will also include panel sessions and Q&As with influential creators and performers, along with the chance to meet celebrities, actors, and those who create the games, film and comics we all love.