My plan for this year is to do as many fun things as possible, including attending as many conventions as I can. Having already attended Comic Con Liverpool I’m sticking to my plan by attending two more cons – Comic Con Manchester and PLAY Expo.

PLAY Expo takes place on May 4th at Manchester Central. The convention – which focuses on games/gaming – is now into its sixth year and if past events are anything to go by, this should be a great con.

I’ve previously attended a couple of PLAY Expos and I can confirm this is a great convention for those who love the classic era of gaming (i.e. arcade games and consoles). The PLAY Expo convention hall is always packed to the rafters with cabinets, pinball machines and countless consoles, all hooked up and free to play, and there are also lots of traders too.

Great stuff!

Not only have I picked up entry tickets for this convention, but I’ve also bought add-on tickets for The Dark Room – an interactive game which requires audience participation. In short, it’s this…

Tickets for The Dark Room were an additional fiver, which I thought was pretty reasonable. Hopefully it’ll add something fun to the day.

So, that’s PLAY Expo.

And then in June I will be attending Comic Con Manchester. Originally I wasn’t planning on going to this con, but I changed my mind due to two reasons:

  • Comic Con Manchester is organised by Monopoly Events – the team behind Comic Con Liverpool.
  • Comic Con Manchester will be the epicentre of a Police Academy reunion!

Steve Guttenberg, Marion Ramsey, Leslie Easterbrook and Michael Winslow will all be in attendance and as someone who watched the Police Academy movies far too much when he was younger, I couldn’t resist going to this event. Hey, I’m not saying the Police Academy movies are amazing movies, I’m just saying my nostalgia levels are now off the scale.

Other guests include Jason Patric, Zach Galligan, Judge Reinhold, Erika Eleniak and the original Daredevil, Rex Smith.

Whoop! Whoop!

And if all this wasn’t enough, I’ve also booked tickets to see the original RoboCop on the big screen. The ‘future of law enforcement’ is heading to the Odeon Great Northern for one-night only courtesy of Manchester Classic Films.

So yeah, I’ve got plans in the pipeline to geek out over the next couple of months. I guess I’m going to have to fit Avengers: Endgame into this plan too.