Comic Con Liverpool
|Comic Con Liverpool|
|Venue||Exhibition Centre Liverpool|
Comic Con Liverpool is a fan convention held annually in Liverpool, England that celebrates films, cult television, video gaming, anime, cosplay and comic books which is organised by UK Events company Monopoly Events.
History and organisation
Comic Con Liverpool began its annual run of events in 2018 after the Movie Comic Media (MCM) Expo Group ceased their annual comic convention event in Liverpool and Monopoly Events CEO Andrew Kleek was approached by Exhibition Centre Liverpool who wanted to continue hosting an annual event for the people of the city and its surrounding areas. Monopoly Events is a Manchester-based event organisation company that specializes in events held in the North West of England and Scotland. They are responsible for organizing Comic Con Scotland, For the Love of Wrestling, For the Love of Sci-Fi, For the Love of Horror, For the Love of Fantasy, Comic Con Manchester and Comic Con Liverpool. Originally a two-day event, Monopoly Events expanded it to run over three consecutive days. The convention includes celebrity guest appearances from various film, television, video gaming, anime and comic book series including Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Red Dwarf, Stranger Things, Lord of the Rings and others.
The convention is run between 3 exhibition halls and an atrium which are opened out to become one large space, and as of the 2020 event, another mezzanine area, and 3 large auditoriums. The main exhibition hall features a large dealers zone selling movie, comic and science fiction related memorabilia, artwork and collectibles as well as various film props and sets, vehicles from different franchises, a four-screen LED which projects guest talk panels live from the auditoriums, celebrity guest professional photoshoots and autograph sessions, cosplay events, and other displays. 
In 2018 at the very first Comic Con Liverpool hosted by Monopoly Events in March 2018, actor Verne Troyer made his last comic con appearance before his death just over a month later.
Comic Con Liverpool is held exclusively at Exhibition Centre Liverpool within the Kings Docks, part of Liverpool's famous Port of Liverpool area.
As with many other fan convention events, celebrity guests from past and present popular media are regularly invited to Comic Con Liverpool and are an extremely popular part of the event, posing for professional photographs with fans and providing autographs as well as giving fans the chance to meet them and chat in person. Monopoly Events is well known for bringing first-time guests to the UK, as well as guests that are from older cult film and television shows of past decades such as the 1980s and 1990s. Sometimes the celebrities involved will use their appearances to raise awareness and funds for a charity or cause important to them, while others use the opportunity to promote upcoming projects such as new films or television shows.
Most, if not all, of the celebrity guests at Comic Con Liverpool appear on stage at some point throughout the course of the event, answering both host and fan questions alike. In previous years the stage was set up in the main exhibition hall where the other event features also took place, however, at the 2020 event, to cope with increased demand for seats, the panels were moved into three auditoriums with tiered seating for more comfort and to provide a more intimate experience for fans. The panels were streamed live from the auditoriums into the main exhibition halls onto four large LED screens hung above the center of the hall for other attendees to see.
Comic Con Liverpool includes a double professional photoshoot area where fans can have their photo taken with their favourite guest or guests before collecting them at the exit of the area.
The event also includes an autograph area where celebrity guests from film and TV sign items for the public and spend a few minutes chatting with their fans.
A large part of the event is devoted to the cosplay hobby where members of the public are allowed, and encouraged, to take part in dressing up as characters from popular genres such as film and television. Cosplaying has become one of the most popular parts of many fan conventions around the world and can be used as a platform to showcase the costumer's latest handywork, to show devotion to their favourite characters or engage in role-play with other cosplayers in the same series, as well as to meet new people with mutual interests as themselves. The Comic Con Liverpool event, like all of the Monopoly Events shows, hosts a cosplay competition every year with both adult and child participation encouraged and prizes given for the best costumes.
Prop & Set Exhibits
Monopoly Events is famous for providing a vast array of props and set builds for its visitors to enjoy, with Comic Con Liverpool being no exception, visitors can find exhibits such as a full-sized X-Wing Fighter from Star Wars, the Tardis from Doctor Who, the DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future, a full-sized Peterbilt Truck from Transformers and much more. New displays for 2020 included a talking Falkor head from The NeverEnding Story film which guests could sit atop of and have a photograph taken as well as the Swamp of Sadness from the same film and Del Boy's flat from the cult British television show Only Fools and Horses.
Retro Gaming area
Comic Con Liverpool has a large area dedicated to retro gaming consoles for visitors to play, in 2020 the event moved this feature into a larger area upstairs and included tournaments and big-screen battles and races between gamers.
Within the main exhibition hall, there is a large trader zone that contains many dealers selling film and television, comic and science fiction related memorabilia, comics, games, artwork, toys and collectibles.
The event has a large Artists Alley section within the trader zone where the public can meet published comic book artists and buy pieces of their work, as well as independent artists who are selling their original work.
Location, dates and notable guests
|10–11 March 2018||Exhibition Centre Liverpool||Adam 'Edge' Copeland, Gail Kim, Manu Bennett, Paul McGann, Sophie Aldred, Ian McNeice (first UK convention appearance), Hattie Hayridge, Jorgito Vargas Jr. (first UK convention appearance), Jeremy Bulloch, Joonas Suotamo (first UK convention appearance), Spencer Wilding, Dave_Taylor_(comics)|Dave Taylor (first UK convention appearance), Nigel Parkinson|
|8–10 March 2019||Exhibition Centre Liverpool||Sting (first UK convention appearance), Peter Facinelli, Sean Maher, Adam Baldwin, Burt Young (first UK convention appearance), Eric Roberts (first UK convention appearance), John Challis, Spencer Wilding, Jeff East, Azim Rizk (first UK convention appearance), Blake Foster, Jeff Parazzo, Zoë Robins (first UK convention appearance), Tracy Lynn Cruz (first UK convention appearance), Steve Cardenas, Selwyn Ward, Jason Faunt, Nico Greetham (first UK convention appearance), Michael Copon, Ciara Hanna (first UK convention appearance), Kevin Duhaney, Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier|
|6–8 March 2020||Exhibition Centre Liverpool||Elijah Wood, David Harbour, Lori Petty (first UK convention appearance), Ryan Hurst, Melissa Joan Hart (first UK convention appearance), Jenna Leigh Green (first UK convention appearance), Beth Broderick (first UK convention appearance), Frank Welker (first UK convention appearance), Peter Cullen (first UK convention appearance), Sophie McShera, Jamie Marche (first UK convention appearance), J. Michael Tatum, Brandon McInnis, Monica Rial, Jen Cohn (first UK convention appearance), Lucie Pohl, Doug Cockle, Chris Klein (first UK convention appearance), Shannon Elizabeth (first UK convention appearance), Chris Owen (first UK convention appearance), Thomas Ian Nicholas (first UK convention appearance), Sam J. Jones, Brian Blessed, Karyn Parsons, Ross Bagley (first ever convention appearance), Noah Hathaway, Tami Stronach (first UK convention appearance), Jason David Frank, Sophie McShera (first ever convention appearance), Erika Eleniak, Bob Gale, Stanislav Ianevski, Josh Herdman, John Challis, Sue Holderness, Philip Pope (first ever convention appearance)|
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- Official website
- Monopoly Events Official Website
- Starburst Magazine Review of Comic Con Liverpool 2020
- Review of Comic Con Liverpool 2020
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