Over the weekend (Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March), Comic Con Liverpool returned to the Exhibition Centre Liverpool. The show – organised by Monopoly Events – boasted top guests, prop builds, stalls, a gaming zone and much more, and was once again a fantastic convention.
I have previously attended Comic Con Liverpool 2019 and Comic Con Manchester 2019 (both run by Monopoly Events) so I knew I would be in for a good show, but this one proved to be better than I expected. That’s not because I didn’t have any faith in the organisers, because time and time again they have proved to be the best in the business, but because the world is currently in the grip of the coronavirus and this is having an impact on many things – conventions included!
In the run-up to the big weekend, a number of high profile guests cancelled their appearance at Comic Con Liverpool and that was a little concerning. As a result, my anticipation had started to waiver and I will admit I almost gave the con a miss, despite already having purchased tickets.
But if the organisers were pushing through, despite the cancellations, then I could at least make the effort to show up. And I’m glad I did, because the well-oiled machine that is Comic Con Liverpool fired on all cylinders with no signs there had been any backstage issues.
A relaxing day
I went to the con with a friend – a friend who doesn’t usually go to cons. This was a whole new experience for him, so I hoped he would have a good time – and he did.
Neither of us were bothered about getting guest autographs, so we used the day to take a carefree wander around the main hall, check out the stalls, play a couple of computer games, and generally hang out.
We also decided we would get in at least one guest panel while we were at the con, so we plumped for the Brian Blessed talk. Unlike previous cons, where panels take place in the main hall, this year’s event moved the panels to an auditorium. This proved to be a great decision by the organisers, as not only was it a more comfortable environment, it also gave us the opportunity to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the day.
And sat in that auditorium, listening to Brian Blessed, proved to be one of the highlights for both of us. Hilarious doesn’t even begin to cover it – Brian was a knock-out star!
During his panel he talked and talked and talked, to the point that he practically delivered a one-man show. From Flash Gordon and Star Wars to space exploration and mountain climbing, he never ran out of material and I honestly believe Brian would still be talking now if he had the chance.
This panel alone was worth the con entry fee and it is moments like this which really make the show such good value for money. Had we planned on staying at the con all day then we would have took in a few more panels, but on this occasion it was just the one.
We then took another trip around the main hall, stopping to check out the cosplayers and to see what guests we could spy. Without doubt the most popular guests were voice-over legends, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker who had legions of fans, but the likes of Jason David Frank and Melissa Joan Hart were also incredibly popular too.
Grabbing a drink we then finished our walk and decided to leave the con. It was a shorter day than usual, but it was exactly what we wanted.
There was plenty to see and do, with the opportunity to immerse ourselves in as much or as little as we wanted. This meant we were able to dip in and out while having a good time just hanging around, talking and having a fun experience.
I have said it before but I will say it again, Monopoly Events are leading the way when it comes to comic cons. These guys understand how to put on a show and they make the whole experience truly enjoyable.
Will I return next year? Damn right I will!
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